The right Pakistan turned up to contest defending champions India in the all-important final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. Pakistan, who entered the eight-team tournament ranked eighth, thrashed arch-rivals India by 180 runs to grab the prestigious trophy from their neighbours.
The stage was set for Fakhar Zaman to show the world one more time what he was capable of and boy did he deliver and HOW. He scored back to back half centuries before entering the final; a player who might not have played if Ahmed Shahzad had not failed in the opening match against India was destined to deliver. As they say, fortune favours the brave, Zaman was out on three in the fourth over when luckily for him and Pakistan Bumrah was found overstepping on that ball. Zaman caught a break and went on to score his maiden ODI hundred against the arch-rivals. He paced his innings to perfection, was jittery to begin with but once his opening partner Azhar Ali got run-out in a mixup, Zaman took things upon himself. Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali gave an opening stand of 128 runs and then Fakhar and Babar scored 72 for the 2nd wicket. Fakahr hit 12 fours and 3 sixes in a match winning knock of 114 off 106 balls.
Mohammed Amir couldn’t play in the semi-final against England due to a back spasm. He cleared the fitness test and was brought back into the team in place of Rumman Raees. Just on the third ball of the first over of the Indian run chase, Amir got the wicket of the in-form centurion from the last match Rohit Sharma; he was completely outdone by the inswing and was lbw for a duck. Amir set the perfect tone for the match and then got the might wicket of the Indian captain Virat Kohli for five who was first dropped in slips by Azhar Ali in the same over. He then took the wicket of the highest run scorer of the tournament; Shikhar Dhawan's wicket proved to be the final nail in the coffin. Amir’s spell will be one to remember for the generations to come.