Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash India by 180 runs and lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title at The Oval here on Sunday with Fakhar and Amir playing crucial roles for the green brigade. Without such moments of incompetence in what was otherwise a spectacular allround performance, there is no chance we could plausibly accept that this is the same side that lost their opening match to India by 124 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah missed his line, length and step as he conceded 68 from his 9 overs and while Pandya had one of his better bowling days in the tournament that was never going to be enough as Pakistan marched towards 338 runs.
Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, finished with three for 16.
Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.
Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.
"India was a bit lacklustre in their chase once Kohli was dismissed".
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.
"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase". A disappointing day but I have a smile on my face because of the way we played across the tournament. "We need to move forward and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.
India were all out for 158.
The win also gives Pakistan their first 50 over trophy since the World Cup back in 1992, and will certainly go some way to moving them out of their current 8th spot in the world ODI rankings.
Result: Pakistan beat India by 180 runs.