LONDON – Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir shone as
Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338/4, and fast bowler Amir ripped out India’s top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.
He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground.
Azhar also continued his fine form, reaching 50 off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.
Fakhar lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the
Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya, but
Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.
He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery, and removed
Kohli, the world’s top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips, and the
Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan, who had been in fine form in the tournament, but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and
Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch, and
Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quick-fire 76, reaching his half-century with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.
Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz, and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicket-keeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete