It was his maiden ODI hundred in just his fourth match at this level.
Virat Kohli defended India’s poor showing in the ICC Champions Trophy final after Pakistan cruised to an 180-run win with 117 balls to spare.
Asked if Pakistan’s victory was a big moment for the region, he said: “I congratulated them in the post-match. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well”. It’s a very young team and credit goes to them and the management.
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. During a no-fear, enterprising innings he struck 12 fours and three sixes to pull apart a sub-standard India bowling attack.
Pakistani players celebrate after winning the Champions Trophy at Oval, London, June 18, 2017.
Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord’s, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.
India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.
It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world’s leading one-day global batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.
Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Golden Ball award for the top bowler of the tournament.
He was particularly brutal on Indian spinners, smashing Jadeja for 33 runs of 23 balls and Ashwin for 45 runs from 33 balls.
“I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan“, said Sarfraz, who will now look to lead Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup in England as well. We dusted ourselves off after that India defeat at Edgbaston and came back superbly, the whole group kept believing and that’s the most important thing. We need to move on and learn from our mistakes.We just weren’t good enough on the day.