In a memorable final at the Oval, batting first – Pakistan posted an imposing 338-4 – with opener Fakhar Zaman scoring 114.
In reply, Mohammad Amir tore through India’s top order while Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan caused further chaos to blow India away for just 158 inside 31 overs.
Here, Sport360’s Jaideep Marar looks at the key turning points from the clash in south west London.
The Indian bowlers started off with a maiden first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Jasprit Bumrah at the other end also bowled to a plan by limiting the scoring shots of Pakistan’s in-form opener Fakhar Zaman.
In his second over, he even managed to get Zaman to edge to wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but television replays indicated that he had overstepped giving a big reprieve to the left-hander.
Bumrah’s no-ball gave the initiative to Pakistan as Zaman not only hung on to notch his maiden ODI hundred but also played his part in a 128-run opening wicket stand with Azhar Ali.
Bumrah who gave away 10 runs in his first over never regained his poise or discipline as he bowled three no-balls and five wides in his nine overs besides conceding 68 runs.
India’s opening bowlers had the Pakistan openers in a bind conceding just seven runs in the first three overs. But once Bumrah overstepped to give Fakhar Zaman a reprieve, his partner at the other end, Azhar Ali took charge. He pummeled a straight drive off Bumrah in the same over to show his intent and ease the nerves.
When Ashwin was introduced into the attack, Azhar ensured the off-spinner did not settle down into a rhythm by smashing a huge six in his first over. Ashwin lost his sting thereafter as he went wicketless for 70 runs in his 10 overs besides bowling four wides.
Zaman, who was denied width to play his shots by the Indian bowlers, struggled initially but with Ali showing the way he too flourished as they laid a solid foundation for a big total.
The Indians had to toil hard on a flat pitch to get their first success in the form of a run-out. It partly had to do with Fakhar Zaman not responding to partner Azhar Ali’s call for a run.
With a new man, Babar Azam in, the Indians began closing in – conceding just six runs in the next two overs. But that’s when Zaman, who was batting on 61 with Pakistan on 134-1 in the 25 over, took the Indians apart with a calculated assault against the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin – smashing three fours and two sixes as they collected 33 runs off 12 balls.
Zaman’s tactics meant Pakistan were not bogged down by the fall of a wicket, instead their scoring rate multiplied so much so that they crossed the 200-mark in the 33rd over. It also hurt the Indian bowling further and they had to be content playing second fiddle throughout the innings.
One of Pakistan’s most senior players in the side, Mohammad Hafeez, had been a having a relatively quiet tournament with scores of 31 not out, 1, 26 and 33. There were rumblings back home about his utility with some even saying this could be his last tournament in the green shirt.
However, at the Oval, the situation was perfect for the 189-match veteran to come into his element with the Pakistani batsmen on top.
When he walked into bat in the 40th over the contest, it was interestingly poised as Pakistan were 247-3 and looking to accelerate while the Indians were desperate to restrict them.
But Hafeez came up with an inspired knock – cracking an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls (smashing three sixes and four fours) as Pakistan piled 91 runs in the last 60 balls.
Hafeez’s innings provided the ideal finish as they broke the Indians’ back by posting a formidable total.
Pakistan’s hopes of clinching this final rested on taking early wickets to create panic in the Indian ranks. And that’s exactly what their talismanic fast bowler Mohammad Amir did with his third delivery of the innings by trapping in-form Rohit Sharma leg before wicket with an in-swinging delivery.
India were 0-1 but Amir went a step ahead in his next over by getting the wicket of India’s biggest hope and captain Virat Kohli. The beauty of this dismissal was that off the previous ball Kohli was dropped in the slips after the World No.1-ranked batsman nicked an away going delivery.
Amir, however, did not allow the miss to affect him as he ran in purpose and unleashed another fantastic ball that Kohli tried to flick but ended up edging to point. The left-arm pacer was not finished yet as he returned to hurt India further by claiming Shikhar Dhawan, who was leading a fightback, by inducing an edge to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Amir’s triple strikes rattled India as they lost three of their most prolific run-getters with just 33 runs on the board and from thereon it was all downhill for the defending champions.
Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket’s order upside down as Fakhar Zaman’s maiden one-day international century and Mohammad Amir’s brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.
Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan’s total of 338 for four at The Oval.
Amir (three wickets for 16 runs), still winning his sport over again after his criminal role in the 2010 spot-fixing saga enacted seven years ago and just a handful of miles away at Lord’s, then reduced India to 33 for three – a perilous situation from which the overwhelming favourites were unable to recover, despite some astounding hitting from number seven Hardik Pandya (76).
Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan – but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India’s miserable day.
Their defence of the title they won in England in 2013 foundered against the team who began the campaign ranked below all other competing nations at eighth, and lived up to that billing in an opening group match in which they lost to their greatest rivals by 124 runs.
What a difference two weeks have made, though, Fakhar delivering at every attempt after being brought in for his debut at the age of 27 and Amir’s pace and swing proving too good here for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan – who could add only 26 runs between them to the 895 they had made over the previous four matches.
Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind.
When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five – and there was no realistic way back.
Little went right for them, in fact, from the moment Kohli put Pakistan in on a glorious morning.
Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.
Mohammad Hafeez – with a 34-ball 50 – and Babar Azam chipped in too to ensure Pakistan turned the promise into substance.
It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind – only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.
The harum-scarum left-hander had already survived with just a single to his name when he pushed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to cover and would have been run out had Kedar Jadhav managed a direct hit.
Azhar had a run-out scrape too, on 29, when Rohit missed the stumps from midwicket this time as Pakistan’s frenetic start continued.
It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, several not necessarily despatched in the intended direction.
But the two openers became more convincing and in the 20th over, bowled by Jadeja, reached their 50s from consecutive balls – Fakhar second to the milestone from one delivery fewer when he cut his seventh four straight through the hands of Yuvraj at point.
There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan’s progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the opening stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end.
Azhar had to go, with his partner static in the non-striker’s crease, after Bumrah pulled off an unexpected stop at midwicket.
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.
India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.
Babar came out of the opener’s shadows – but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57 not out) hit four fours and three sixes to power well past the 300 benchmark required against India’s powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.
It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase – in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.
Title-holders India were set a target of 339 to win the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday.
Sent in to bat by India captain Virat Kohli, Pakistan made 338 for four, with Fakhar Zaman’s 114 his maiden one-day international hundred.
Caught off a no-ball on three, left-hander Fakhar shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59) and then put on 72 with Babar Azam (46) for the second wicket.
India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides — more than two extra overs.
But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez’s 57 not out, including three sixes, left India, for all their batting strength, with a stiff chase against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament.