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Pakistan make history, win Champions Trophy

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century.To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni’s residence soon after the match.Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun’s Clock Tower and nearby area.Although it was a chastening defeat for Kohli, it was something to savour for his Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz.”Once we put up a strong total, I was more than million percent sure India can’t beat us today”, said Zahra Mehmood, a housewife. “We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing”.The left-arm paceman dismissed Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.”Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes”.In only his fourth one-day worldwide at the age of 27, after his debut just 11 days ago, Fakhar overcame his nervy start to unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.Amir’s redemption from the match-fixing scandal of 2010 now seems complete, the turnaround from three months in prison in 2011 to yesterday’s hero sealed with his part in Pakistan’s first 50-overs trophy since Imran Khan’s Cornered Tigers in the World Cup 25 years ago.Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the final catch, confirming their victory over India after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. Riding on their luck early one, the openers Fakhar Zamaan and Azhar Ali gave them a flawless 100 plus stand.Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament’s Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.He may have missed Pakistan’s semifinal triumph over England, but Mohammad Amir was back with a bang in the summit clash, as he opened bowling with great aplomb.Kohli said: “They can upset anyone on their day”.But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76. It is only the second century stand for Pakistan against India in any ICC ODI tournament.Hafeez, who smashed an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls to help take Pakistan past thee 300-mark, said the win was for everyone in his homeland.