Pakistan thrash India by 180 runs in ICC Champions Trophy Final
Pakistan thrash their biggest rivals India in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval. Throughout the match, the green team produced an incredible display of batting, bowling and fielding.
Opener Fakhar Zaman smashed a remarkable century to boost Pakistan to 338 for the loss of 4. The final was played on a sunny day and there were no risk of rain.
Followed by Zaman century, pacer Mohammad Amir did some major damage to Indian hopes, after dismissing their top orders and took wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Other major contributors in Pakistan batting were Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam. Azhar Ali scored 59 runs off 71 balls, Mohammad Hafeez made brilliant off 37 balls and Babar Azam scored 46 off 52 balls.
At one stage, India were 72 for the loss of 6 wickets, when Hardik Pandya took charge and scored 76 off just 43 balls. He was run out after a mix up with Ravindra Jadeja, who refused to take a run. Eventually, they were dismissed at 158 that left Pakistan to take their first ever ICC Champions Trophy victory. This is also the first time, when Pakistan wins a 50 over title since 1992.
Pakistan began their quest as the lowest rank team in the tournament. Lifting the trophy was surprising. Moreover, they demolished the top teams in the tournament, including their arch rivals and defending champions India, who were the favourites.
Mohammad Amir and the rest of the Pakistan squad was magnificent. Virat Kohli gets a life at five, when his catch was dropped, but he made another mistake on the very next ball and caught by Shadab Khan.
Pakistan recovered from their humiliating opening match defeat by India. They were on the brink of elimination in the group stages, but inspired by captain Sarfraz Ahmed and fight like warriors.
Fakhar Zaman was man of the match and Hasan Ali finished the tournament with man of the tournament.