Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 cricket tournament here on Sunday. India's batting effort paled in comparison and they managed just 158 in reply in 30.3 overs.
Reigning champions India went into Sunday's showpiece as strong favourites after thrashing Pakistan in the group stage, but found themselves on the receiving end of a crushing 180-run defeat at The Oval.
Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.
He dismissed three of the world's top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell. "These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here".
"Pakistan bowling attack was brilliant with Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan contributing well throughout the tournament but the emergence of a couple of newer players in Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant century in the final, is exciting for the future of their side", Hussey said.
Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.
Only Hardik Panya put together a significant innings for India with 76 off of 43 balls, but after the top three combined for only 26 - including Sharma's first-over duck - India would need far more to make the game competitive.
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Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed.
"We knew we were prepared well".
Tamim moved a place up to 16th after hitting a century against England in the opener before smashing 95 against Australia and cracking 70 against India the semi-finals, which they lost to bow out of the quadrennial tournament.
In his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, the swashbuckling all-rounder cautioned other cricketing nations to not take the Green Brigade lightly as on their day they have the potential to outshine any good side.
The replay showed medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah overstepped.
"They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final", Kohli added.
Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".