Junio 22, 2017

Pakistan destroy arch-rivals India to claim Champions Trophy

19 Junio 2017, 01:19 | Crisanna Felipe

Fakhar Zaman celebrates completing his century

Fakhar Zaman celebrates reaching his century

India were left humbled at 158 all-out in the 31st over as Pakistan ensured they made the most of their first competitive ODI final since 1999.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan's Champions Trophy-winning captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his team's triumph against the odds couldn't have been possible without the "boys' hard work, the public's prayers and Allah's help".

So, when Pakistan defeated its biggest rival today in an age marked by Indian dominance over the western neighbour in cricket, especially at world events, the Valley erupted in joy.

Meanwhile, Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali was named Player of the Tournament and won the Golden Ball after finishing as leading wicket-taker, his three scalps in the final taking him to 13.

Their substories talked of how India awoke the sleeping giant, Pakistan's celebrations after the title win and the classic win had the pundits celebrating too. Arthur, who has previously coached his native country and Australia, never lost faith in his current charges.

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said. Their previous lowest has been 4 wickets on six different occasions. First with Sachin Tendulkar (52) then with Rohit Sharma (68), Kohli batted for nearly 47 overs to score 183 off 148 balls, including 22 boundaries.

In Amir's second over, Kohli was dropped at slip. He was also removed by Amir.

And while a hugely powerful India line up still fancied their chances on a decent wicket, their confidence was left in ruins after a thrilling burst from Amir to rip the guts from the response. That cost India 24 runs.

But at 200 for two, Pakistan were well-placed for a big score, with Hafeez bringing up the 300 when he pulled the generally admirable Kumar for six. Three runs to get off two balls. Then he was run out for 76.

# Yuvraj Singh scored 22 before he was dismissed LBW by Shadab Khan via DRS. Ashwin was caught behind off Hasan Ali, the bowler of the tournament.

# Pakistan's 338/4 is the highest total posted by a team batting first at The Oval.

"We have got a group of young players". Peter Chase's also bowled 11.

For the first time in the tournament, their top order failed while their usually reliable spin bowling was costly - Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav returned combined bowling figures of 21-0-164-1. The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs. Complimented by contrasting styles, the conservative Azhar Ali and offensive Fakhar provide the ideal foil for each other.

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

Arthur said the focus now shifts to 2019 World Cup.

# Fakhar Zaman made most of the reprieve he got from Jasprit Bumrah, went on to slam his maiden ODI ton off 96 balls. It is only the second century stand for Pakistan against India in any ICC ODI tournament. Fakhar Zaman joined Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik to achieve this feat.

By the time Jadeja took a well-judged catch off Hardik Pandya to remove Zaman, the team's total had reached 200.

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