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Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy 2017: Historic victory, says Sarfraz Ahmed

India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy 2017: Historic victory, says Sarfraz Ahmed

The Pakistan that so meekly succumbed to India in their opening match at Edgbaston were utterly rancid in the field, with a catalogue of costly fumbles, overthrows and two dropped catches pointing decisively to a short stay in the tournament.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to filed first against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final clash today (Sunday) at The Oval, London.

Without such moments of incompetence in what was otherwise a spectacular allround performance, there is no chance we could plausibly accept that this is the same side that lost their opening match to India by 124 runs.

Arthur confirmed Saturday that Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, would return against India.

At Lord's in 2010, Amir, aged 18, was involved in the spot-fixing scandal that spoiled the Test against England.

Remember how, before the match (how long ago that now seems), the cricket world thought India's batsmen would put the match beyond Pakistan if they scored 300? Ha!

For a team that can t play global cricket at home due to security issues, the victory has far-reaching implications.

It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide one from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind, only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.

After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more with brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India's two specialist spinners on his way to a century which was brought up when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

"That's the kind of players they have, we're quite aware of that".

He told the Pakistan team that it did not matter if they win the match or not, the fans would continue to support the men in green.

It's the same Pakistan team that stunned South Africa.

India, on the other side have looked a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament.

Actor Arjun Rampal wrote, "Congratulations Pakistan played superbly deserved to win". We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

The Pakistan batsman took full advantage of that piece of luck and grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.

Pakistan, though, with their proven abilities to come out on top against the odds will be eager to stop India from completing a hat-trick of wins in the Champions Trophy and take the record to 13-2 as the teams square off in what is going to be a keenly-watched encounter.

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