Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

Some estimates suggest Sunday's match between the sub-continental cricket giants at the Oval in south London could attract a worldwide television audience of more than a billion viewers.

It is only the second century stand for Pakistan against India in any ICC ODI tournament.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semifinals, had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval.

Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar, every bowler was thrashed which resulted in Pakistan posting the second highest score in Champions Trophy.

Zaman's brilliant knock put Pakistan in commanding position as he removed the pressure while at the same time provide an oppurtunity to rest of the batsman to put a big total on the board.

India won the toss and chose to put Pakistan into bat - a decision that turned out to be a awful call. "This is very important victory for Pakistan cricket", he said.

The last few overs saw Hafeez thrashing Indian bowlers all around the park. England, the much-fancied hosts, were brushed aside in Cardiff before the an incredible performance in the final - their biggest margin of victory over India in an ODI. Then Suresh Raina was run out.

The 28-year-old skipper partially blamed pacer Jasprit Bumrah's no-ball which gave opener and century-maker Fakhar Zaman - who was on three at that time - a life which helped Pakistan post a massive total.

It was a remarkable turnaround of form for Pakistan, ranked No. 8 in the eight-team tournament.

Babar Azam scored 46 off 52 balls, and Imad Wasim was 25 not out off 21.

Pakistan have been badly bruised against India this series in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

Captain Kohli will also look to use off-break spinner Kedar Jadhav - who took two vital wickets in his previous match against Bangladesh - alongside Hardik Pandya to deceive the Pakistan batsmen.

Former England captain Alec Stewart on Test Match Special: "That was brilliant from Pakistan's point of view - their bowling was high quality". Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was fantastic.

But the umpires checked for a no-ball and replays showed Bumrah had over-stepped.

Rohit Sharma was gone for a duck, Kohli gifted his wicket to Amir after being dropped and then Shikhar Dhawan. "They have won all the matches except the one against Sri Lanka", Pathan said in an exclusive conversation with ANI.

"I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this". "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.