Pakistan lost their first wicket halfway through the innings despite being off to a cracking start in the high-octane nail-biting Champions Trophy final being played at London’s Oval ground on Sunday, after they were invited to bat first by India.
Fakhar Zaman completed a century in style by hitting a four in the 31st over with 183 runs on the board.
Pakistan were at 134 runs for the loss of one wicket at the end of the 25th over as Babar Azam tried to find his footing on the pitch.
Babar replaced Azhar Ali (59) who had to return to the pavilion after a mix up with Fakhar resulted in a run out on Ashwin’s delivery.
Pakistan saw back-to-back fifties for Azhar and Fakhar Zaman in the 20th over, that yielded 114 runs, as the two showed great form by consistently rotating strike and hitting sporadic boundaries.
The opening pair broke two records, one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs) and the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.
The last instance of Pakistan openers adding more than 100 for the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003.
The team had a firm grounding with 56 runs on the board off the first 10 overs as the two openers scored from both sides, ramping up the pressure on the Indian side.
Azhar smacked the fist six off the innings off Ashwin in the eighth over after he and Fakhar made themselves at home on the pitch.
The game seemed to have taken a predictable turn when Bumrah seemed to have nicked Fakhar to the keeper in the fourth over, but a replay revealed the bowler had overstepped the crease, and it was ruled a no ball.