So, it’s Pakistan who have managed their way through the ICC Champions Trophy and finally came on top by defeating arch rivals India. They played better cricket in every department of the game and it really was a well-deserved victory for the underdogs. Nobody would have thought at the start of the tournament that they will turn things around in their favor like this and will defeat all the big sides in the tournament including India. So, it was a massive 180 runs victory for Pakistan this time around in a major game, the big Final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Pakistan’s batting started in a bit reluctant manner today when Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman both struggled against some great channel bowling from Indian bowlers. But soon both the batsmen found their feet and started smashing the ball all over the ground. Just like in previous games, the opening batsmen gave great account of their abilities by scoring 128 runs together before Azhar Ali got run out after scoring 59 runs from 71 balls. But then Fakahar Zaman took the charge to the spinners and went on to score his maiden ODI century. He scored 114 from 106 balls. Then there were two more worth talking innings in the middle, one from Babar Azam and the other from Mohammad Hafeez. Azam got 46 from 52 balls while Hafeez had something special in store today for the big game as he scored 57 from just 37 balls. It all ended well for Pakistan in the batting department today as they managed to score 338 for the loss of 4 wickets in 50 overs.
Indian bowlers were given quite a smashing today and only Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a reasonable spell of 1 for 44 in his 10 overs. Bumrah was the most expensive in terms of economy rate as he ended with 7.55 economy rate conceding 68 from his 9 overs without a wicket.
When Indian batsmen started their run chase they were all over the place right from the start. Amir picked up in form Rohit Sharma on the 3rd ball of the innings. Then he picked Kohli who went for just 5 runs and India were 2 down for just 6 runs. Wickets kept falling then and at one stage India were 6 for 72. After that, some solid resistance came from Hardik Pandya who blew everything out of the park and managed to get a quick fire 76 from just 43 balls. Though it was looking India might come back from there as Pandya was striking it sweetly but then came a major misunderstanding between him and Jadeja and he got run out as a result. After that, it was all Pakistan and they went through the tail of Indian batting very quickly, restricting them to 158 all out.
All the Pakistan bowlers bowled quite impressively but it was Mohammad Amir who set up the win with 3 for 16 in 6 overs up front. Hasan Ali picked up 3 for 19 towards the end as well. Shadab Khan was impressive as well picking up 2 key wickets, Yuvraj and Kedar, but he went for some runs as was taken on by Hardik Pandya and conceded 60 runs from his 7 overs. Junaid Khan also picked 1 for 20.