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Amir strikes again to get Dhawan as India in shock chasing 338

Source: Geo (Sports) • 7 days ago
Mohammad Amir celebrates after picking up the wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli—AFP.

LONDON: India lost the wickets of Yuvraj Sindh and MS Dhoni in two consecutive overs as Pakistan picked up five Indian wickets chasing a mammoth 338 in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front. Umpire denied Pakistan's appeal but the 18-year-old made his captain Sarfraz Ahmed take the review which turned out to be a great call.

In the very next over, a short ball from tournament star Hasan Ali to MS Dhoni was top egded to Imad Wasim. India were 54-5 at that time.

Earlier, Mohammad Amir tore apart the famed Indian top three, shaking India to the core as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan headed back to the pavilion. 

Sharma was trapped LBW for a duck while Kohli was caught by Shadab Khan for 5. Amir then had Dhawan caught behind for 21.

A magnificent maiden ton by young batting sensation Fakhar Zaman powered Pakistan to 338, this tournament's highest score.

Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez kept the runs coming as they lifted Pakistan to this tournament's highest total. Hafeez reached his fifty while Imad sneaked in some quick runs. 

Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik departed after a lacklustre 12 off 16 balls, and Babar Azam followed shortly afterwards as Pakistan tried to keep the momentum going after Fakhar Zaman's quickfire 114 in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday.

Babar Azam picked up from where young batting sensation Fakhar Zaman left after scoring his maiden ODI ton. Babar was however deprived of his fifty after he was dismissed at 46 off Jadhav's delivery and Yuvraj's catch.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes in his magnificent knock, before getting caught off Hardik Pandya's delivery by Jadeja in the deep.

Pakistan's 100+ opening stand was broken as Azhar Ali was run out after a misunderstanding at 59, leaving Pakistan one down for 128.

Azhar and Fakhar Zaman both smashed fifties, seeing Pakistan off to a soaring start as India rued missed chances after winning the toss and choosing to field.

Fakhar was given a second life when he was caught behind off a no-ball by Bumrah earlier in the inning.