But, the Champions Trophy final match defeat though got the Pakistani fans over the moon.
Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule.
There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against
India, the runners-up of the tournament, are one rating point behind Australia.
However, the last time
India was in 2009 also in a Champions Trophy match.
Pakistan even with Zaman "losing" his wicket only for it to be a no-ball and
India missing out on a run-out all before the opener reached 10.
India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first.
"The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side".
Meanwhile, reflecting on
India's tournament as a whole,
Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud ... and we leave here with our heads held high".
World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says the current
Pakistan team has the potential to become a force in worldwide cricket even as he lamented the country lacks system to polish raw talent. Ashwin, who was drafted in the playing for the semi-final against Bangladesh, looked completely out of colour on a good batting wicket at The Oval.
"We now have two years to identify a squad we want to take forward and give them enough game time". We knew we'd prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. They never recovered and eventually limped to 158 all out as
Pakistan, conquerors of England in the semi-final, sealed their first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup. "They were more intense, passionate and deserved to win".
The problem was Fakhar wasn't showing the slightest inclination to take the single, and Azhar was watching the ball and not his partner.
Ironically, the mark they had to top was the 322 for three made by Sri Lanka in seven-wicket win over
India at The Oval on June 8 - the lone group-stage loss suffered by
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