Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Ind vs Pak - Turning Point - Mohammad Amir's Spell

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of tomorrow's final at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2017 in London, England. Fakhar Zaman had an early lifeline.

Dhawan was caught out by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed at the tail end of the 9th over, and Shadab Khan took Yuvraj Singh's wicket in the 13th over in an LBW appeal led by Sarfaraz which was initially ruled not out by the umpire.

India were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare, losing by a massive 180 runs.

"Who would have thought that after the drubbing they received from India in their first match of the group stage, Pakistan would be contesting the final of the ICC Champions Trophy". The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

India vs Pakistan last time played in the 2015 World Cup, which was one of the top-six most viewed events. After the India game, we came back superbly. After the South Africa game, the way we played. That was until Amir got to work.

In reply India's chase was derailed by Mohammad Amir, who removed the top-three batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - inside the first 10 overs. Next ball, Kohli hit it straight to Shadab at point and Amir, bowling at 140-plus kph, had his second wicket. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, whop's knock was outstanding.

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What did the Man-of-the-series Hasan Ali say? "They seemed overawed against India and looked out of depth but, now in the final, it could be a totally different Pakistan team", he further added. Fakhar should have been out for 3 in the fourth over, caught behind, but Jasprit Bumrah delivered a no ball.

He reached his century off 92 balls by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin for four and launched the spinner for six in his next over before aiming a huge blow off Hardik Pandya to leg only to top-edge into the off-side - ending a 72-run stand with Babar Azam.

But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's 57 not out, including three sixes, left India, for all their batting strength, with a stiff chase against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.

Their defence of the title they won in England in 2013 foundered against the team who began the campaign ranked below all other competing nations at eighth, and lived up to that billing in an opening group match in which they lost to their greatest rivals by 124 runs.

"Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are two of the all-time greats but Amir is showing he has the same potential".

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