LONDON: Fakhar Zaman continued to unleash attack on India's bowlers even after Pakistan's opening stand was broken as Azhar Ali was run out after a misunderstanding at 59, leaving Pakistan one down for 128.
Azhar and Fakhar Zaman both smashed fifties, seeing Pakistan off to a soaring start as India rued missed chances after choosing to bowl first in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday.
Pakistan's young batting sensation Fakhar was given a second life when he was caught behind off a no-ball by Bumrah earlier in the inning.
The cricketing world’s biggest match will decide the Champions Trophy title, as archrivals Pakistan and India reignite rivalry yet again after facing off in their group game on June 4.
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.
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