London – Mohammad
Amir removed all of India’s top three as Pakistan stunned their
arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win in the Champions Trophy final
at The Oval on Sunday.
Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed to 33/3 and 54/5 against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their
tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.
They were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare.
Amir finished with three for 16 in six overs and Hasan Ali, who
kick-started Pakistan’s revival in their group-win over top-ranked South
Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful
captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other
side of London’s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for
his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at
Lord’s, finished with three for 16.
He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.
Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener
Fakhar Zaman’s 114 his maiden one-day international hundred in just his
fourth match at this level.