Pakistan set 339 for India

Fakhar Zaman’s maiden one-day global hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan’s formidable total of 338-4.The green shirts set up a daunting 339-run target with a loss of four wickets for the men in blue, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all men out for just 158 runs in the 31st over.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.”Hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all playing nations will come and play us”, said Sarfraz, 30.Later in the innings, Hardik Pandya, who put some resistance with a quick-fire 76 off 43 balls, was run out in the 27th over, thus, bringing an end to a famed Indian batting line-up.Yuvraj fell to the young Shadab before Dhoni became the first of three victims for Hasan Ali who ended the tournament with 13 wickets at the top of the bowling charts.India should have had a wicket when Fakhar was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah on three.Pakistan lost to India by 124 runs in their tournament starter at Birmingham before gathering momentum with wins against South Africa and Sri Lanka before completely outplaying tournament favourites England and India in the semis and the final.The omens weren’t good at the toss as India made Pakistan bat first.Pakistan put together an incredible performance at the crease and in the field as they upset the odd to destroy rivals India and win the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time. Rohit has scored 19 runs in 49 balls, and been dismissed three times.Pakistan have been searching for a settled opening partnership for several years but they finally appear to have found a winning formula.The two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 in 8 overs) were then taken to the task with not a single wicket-taking delivery being bowled by the duo.The victory, and its relative ease over an India team that not only had got the better of Pakistan in one-day matches for the past decade, winning 12 and losing only eight – and winning four of the last five since 2013 – stunned cricket fans and experts, especially coming from a Pakistan team that has played only one worldwide series in its home country since a 2009 terrorist attack forced them to adopt the United Arab Emirates as their home turf. It was his maiden ODI hundred in just his fourth match at this level.Fakhar Zaman, the little-known left-hander who made his debut in their second game, lit up a showpiece match with 114 from 106 balls.Pakistan did their best to build on the start.Azhar Ali (59), Mohammed Hafeez (57) and Babar Azam (46) also played solid to prop up the Pakistan innings.