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Fakhar departs after scoring a ton as 200 comes up for Pakistan

June 18, 2017 10:30 AM
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Fakhar departs after scoring a ton as 200 comes up for Pakistan

LONDON: Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman fell after scoring 114 off 106 balls on the biggest stage against India in the Champions Trophy final being played here on Sunday.

Pakistan's 100-plus opening stand was broken as Azhar Ali was run out after a misunderstanding at 59, leaving Pakistan one down for 128.

Both the Pakistani openers - Azhar and Fakhar Zaman - smashed fifties, seeing Pakistan off to a soaring start as India rued missed chances.

Fakhar was given a second life when he was caught behind off a no-ball by Bumrah earlier in the inning.

Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and as expected decided to bowl first in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, here at The Oval.

After being put into bat first Pakistan captain Sarfraz said "we wanted to bowl first but the toss is out of our control”. Confident skipper vowed to put a good score on the board saying hopefully we can post more than 300.

Kohli commended Pakistan for their performance in the tournament. ‘If you make the finals, you've played readlly good cricket, he said.

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.

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday´s impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning.

Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day international debut with two wickets against England.

India´s lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world´s top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.

Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events.

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