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Champions Trophy final: India to field first against Pakistan

“The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been a fairy tale journey for the Pakistan cricket team“.Fakhar Zaman had remained a part of the Pakistan Navy Cricket team for seven years, according to a Pakistan Navy press release issued here.Then one ball after Kohli, the world’s leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday’s semi-final at Birmingham’s Edgbaston.While the final of the ICC’s secondary 50-over competition attracted an estimated televised audience of hundreds of millions as Pakistan crushed India at The Oval, the governing body is keen to capitalise on the exponential rise of its shortest format.The South Asians arrived in Britain for the eight-team, One-Day International (ODI) tournament as the lowest-ranked side, packed with players still trying to find their feet at the highest level and given little hope of emerging victorious.The match will start at 1430 hours Pakistan Standard Time.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and separatist leader in Jammu and Kashmir Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have congratulated the nation after Pakistan’s maiden Champions Trophy win in 2017 on Sunday.He then got the prize wicket of Virat Kohli in his next over before having the tournament’s top run scorer Shikhar Dhawan caught behind for 21, to reduce his opponents to 33-3.Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century. After adding 20 runs for the fourth wicket with Hafeez, Azam was caught by Yuvraj Singh at the boundary in the 43th over.India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical 1-44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls – almost three extra overs.As it turned out, Pakistan had far too many for them.”Credit goes to my boys”.”Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well”.”I think it’s a very proud moment for me, my team and my country”.Arthur said the focus now shifts to 2019 World Cup.”They [Pakistan] deserved to win. They have been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic, as well”, a sense of satisfaction was palpable in his voice.