Pakistan strikes, India's top order collapses in high-octane Champions Trophy final

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Ranveer Singh, Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda, Riteish Deshmukh and Varun Dhawan also shared their messages on the final match between India and Pakistan.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114.

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.

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Title-holders India were set a target of 339 to win the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan were defeated by India in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

Despite coming from behind and remaining underdog, Pakistan made a significant turnaround since being defeated in their opening group stage match against India and moved to the final of the tournament by beating England in the semis. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has recovered fully from back spasm and has been recalled in the playing XI in place of Ruman Raees. But India versus Pakistan final, in an ICC event, is pretty much like a sweet dream for the ICC.

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"The cricket is played between two teams". India had trounced them in their tournament opener at Edgbaston. "So you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you".

While the Indian pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah - have done a fine job in India's road to the final, showing a remarkable ability to bounce after a defeat against Angelo Mathews and Co, Ravindra Jadeja is starting to find his groove with R Ashwin for a company makes Indian bowling stronger.

Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries. Batting first, and setting a score, has been a tough ask throughout the knockout phase of the tournament so far, and I don't see that as Pakistan's strength. They were threatening (to oppositions) instead of being self-destructive, they looked ready to play the waiting game instead of being unnecessarily glamorous. "Best wishes" Sidharth Malhotra also took to Twitter and shared, "Congratulations team Pakistan well played today and India we still love n admire you just not our day!#INDvPAK". "Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.

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"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win". But it may as well have been 180 million, so dominant were Pakistan in this match. They were passionate, they were the winners and they were everything that Pakistan that can be at their highs as they clinched the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

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