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Political leaders applaud Pakistani team on historic win

Jasprit Bumrah missed his line, length and step as he conceded 68 from his 9 overs and while Pandya had one of his better bowling days in the tournament that was never going to be enough as Pakistan marched towards 338 runs.Virat Kohli won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first. Fakhar, who scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over, was awarded Player of the Match.Pakistan: 338/4 in 50 overs (Azhar 59, Zaman 114, Babar 46, Malik 12, Hafeez 57, Wasim 25; Bhvneshwar 1/44, Bumrah 0/68, Ashwin 0/70, Pandya 1/53, Jadeja 0/67, Jadhav 1/27).India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh.On a flat deck, Kohli surprised everyone opting to field, a decision prompted by the current team’s ability to chase any target. But while trying to slog the medium pacer Hardik Pandy’s delivery, Zaman was caught by Ravindra Jadeja, who ran from the point to take a brilliant catch at the square on the off-side in the 34th over.Talking at prize distribution ceremony, he said we have played for victory and all bowlers and batsmen have played their due role in the match as per strategy.26 dismissals done by Pakistan in this tournament, the most for them in single edition of Champions Trophy and most by any team in this tournament as well.5 separate ICC titles for Pakistan: they have won the Test Championship mace, World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Under-19 World Cup.Earlier, Mohammad Amir tore apart the famed Indian top three, shaking India to the core as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan headed back to the pavilion.However, a picture that evoked mutual admiration and went viral recently is the one which shows former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms.Pakistan, who started the tournament as the eighth-ranked team, should thank the 27-year-old Fakhar for laying the platform for the memorable win.”With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities”.”Reaching the final you obviously have to have a good tournament which the boys have pulled off”. Fakhar shared a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar and then put on 72 with Babar for the second.After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir’s figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London s Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world s top eight one-day worldwide nations.Just two weeks ago, Pakistan were at a low ebb after crashing to a humiliating 124-run defeat against India in the group stage.India was desperate for a foothold in the game when Pandya broke through, getting rid of Zaman as Jadeja took an excellent catch running back from point.