Their defence of the title they won in England in 2013 foundered against the team who began the campaign ranked below all other competing nations at eighth, and lived up to that billing in an opening group match in which they lost to their greatest rivals by 124 runs.
This was Pakistan's first major worldwide title since their triumph at the ICC World T20 2009. Starting the tournament as the least favourite side they proved every critic every expert wrong.
Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval.
In reply, the star-studded Indian batting line-up collapsed like a house of cards. Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a awful mix-up with Jadeja. Later Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan tried to control the inning but hey failed to do so. The match turned out to be one of the most nightmarish under Virat Kohli's captaincy.
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India missed direct hits when it mattered, they bowled no-balls when batsman (read Fakhar Zaman) edged and got caught, bowled negative lines in pursuit of containing Pakistan openers and although Pandya hit some meaty blows to score a fastest half-century in ICC ODI event final, it was too little too late.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.
When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five - and there was no realistic way back.
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The now fit-again Amir removes all of India's top three as the champions slump to 33 for three in nine overs before being dismissed for just 158.
Pakistan batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, right, and teammate Imad Wasim walk from the field at the end of their innings during the ICC Champions Trophy final.
After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century.
Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman celebrates after scoring a century during the ICC Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India.
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