India win toss, elect to field

Pakistan put on a cricketing masterclass at The Oval to claim the ICC Champions Trophy over rivals India on Saturday.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side s stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of worldwide cricket to his homeland.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed to 33 for three and 54 for five against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind.

Then Hasan Ali had MS Dhoni hooking straight to the deep backward square-leg fielder. "We have the attack to restrict them or defend against them". Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him next ball.

Azhar had a run-out scrape too, on 29, when Rohit missed the stumps from midwicket this time as Pakistan's frenetic start continued.

It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, with several not necessarily dispatched in the intended direction.

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Fakhar left to a standing ovation and handed the baton to Babar, who saw Shoaib Malik hole out off the economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar before failing to clear the rope himself, caught off Kedar Jadhav at long off.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today".

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point. Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

All in all, it turned out to be a momentous display for Pakistan, whose fans have struggled to find much joy in a team whose fortunes wax and wane.

"I hope everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow [but for a] very long, long time", he said. Amir's was, make no mistake, the ODI spell that Pakistan cricket fans would have yearned for from him since he was welcomed back into the global fold previous year: 26 dot balls, appreciable movement, accuracy and the bloodied heart of India's batting in his grip. But here, on a pitch favouring India's strengths, they ended up producing their most complete match. Mickey Arthur will be hoping that the performance on that day doesn't rear its head again after brilliant performances of late has catapulted them into the Final. After the India game, we came back superbly. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. "We would have loved to bowl first but I also thought that if we can score 280, it will put pressure on the opposition.", he said. "They are motivated and if we can work had in the finals, we will get good results", said Sarfraz.

Turning to the coin, India won the toss and Virat Kohli opted to bowl first.

"People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session, and that's the kind of approach we have maintained throughout the tournament".

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