Pakistan are 10/1 to win the 2019 ICC World Cup after their stunning success at the Champions Trophy.
A maiden hundred from novice international opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir's superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India as Pakistan eased to victory by 180 runs in the final at The Oval.
Fakhar (114) shared a stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59), before Mohammad Hafeez (57no) took over to power Pakistan to 338 for four - and then Amir blew away India's stellar top order as the reply folded to 158 all out, despite some memorable hitting from Hardik Pandya (76).
It capped an improbable campaign from Pakistan, who began the tournament ranked below all other seven competing nations and did nothing to disprove that lowly standing with a crushing defeat at the hands of India in their first group match.
Since then, however, they have been transformed and Pakistan are now sixth in the betting for the next global 50-over showpiece, with the 2019 World Cup also taking place in England.
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed hopes the Champions Trophy success can be a game-changer for his country's cricket future, saying: “I hope everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow (but for a) very long, long time.
“When we arrived here, we were number eight (in the world) and now we are the champions. I hope this win will boost up Pakistan cricket, and all playing nations (will come) to Pakistan.”
Australia are the 11/4 favourites in the outright betting for the 2019 World Cup despite being knocked out at the group stage of the Champions Trophy. They are followed by South Africa (4/1), India (9/2) and hosts England (5/1).