Champions Trophy final : Azhar, Zaman gain control for Pakistan | KNO

Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman broke through pressure brought on by India pacers with quick boundaries, after Pakistan were put in to bat by India in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday
Champions Trophy final : Azhar, Zaman gain control for Pakistan | KNO

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Pakistan’s young batting sensation Fakhar was given a second life when he was caught behind off a no-ball by Bumrah earlier in the inning. Earlier, India won the toss and chose to bowl first in the Champions Trophy finale against Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday. The cricketing world’s biggest match will decide the Champions Trophy title, as archrivals Pakistan and India reignite rivalry yet again after facing off in their group game on June 4. Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday´s semi-final at Birmingham´s Edgbaston. But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday´s impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning. Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day international debut with two wickets against England. India´s lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world´s top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8. Pakistan were 100-0 in 18 overs. Squads Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (w + c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah