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India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

Mohammad Amir removed all of India s top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.India was never in the hunt with the bat, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both back in the sheds within 16 balls to leave the innings in tatters at 2-6.Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman’s 114 his maiden one-day global hundred in just his fourth match at this level.Fakhar and Azhar shared an opening stand of 128, their second in a row in triple digits after 118 in the semifinal win over England.Who would’ve thought after the first time these sides met in the tournament that Pakistan would again meet India in the Final of the Tournament?”Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets – and I did it”, he said.Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.At that point it really was embarrassing for Pakistan and seemed to give them little to no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals with India and South Africa expected to dominate the group.It was a third consecutive score of 50-plus for the left-hander, who didn’t feature in Pakistan’s tournament opener against India but has been a revelation at the top of the order since.Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, said that they too would have elected to bowl first had he won the toss, adding that they are looking forward to post more than 300.He also became the first Pakistan batsman to make three fifties in his first four ODI games.”We don’t take oppositions for granted and today is no different”, the Indian captain concluded.Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.”No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket”, Virat Kohli said.Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India’s former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t resist Amir’s persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a “not out” lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India’s hopes were fading fast at 54-4.