Fakhar, Amir script India's downfall as Pakistan lift Champions Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 13:37
Hasan had a superb tournament, finishing as the highest wicket-taker and taking home the man-of-the-series award.
Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.
Put in to bat first, they took advantage of one mistake from India, a no-ball, to run away with the game.
"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys", said Arthur, whose side began the tournament No8 in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) one-day rankings. India has defeated Pakistan twice in the finals of the global tournaments.
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman hit a majestic hundred as he took his team to an imposing total of 338 for four which proved instrumental in defeating India by a huge margin of 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final.
Put into bat, the Men in Green had a ideal start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score.
Zaman's brilliant innings to smash a fearless 114 so almost did not happen when he was reprieved by a no ball from Jasprit Bumrah after being caught behind on three, in the fourth over. Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards.
"I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters", he said. All bowlers. This is a young team. It is Pakistan's first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers' victorious one.
Once Yuvraj Singh departed leg before and MS Dhoni holed out to Imad Wasim off paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 3-19, India were in deep trouble at 54-5. Fakhar, who scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over, was awarded Player of the Match. But just when it seemed good for the Pakistan team, Malik played a loose short off pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and gifted his wicket.
India captain Virat Kohli praised Fakhar Zaman's batting approach and said 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well.
Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and lost heavily to India in their opening group match but they beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to make the semi-finals where they knocked out hosts England. Starting the tournament as the least favourite side they proved every critic every expert wrong. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable. "They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field, as well, and we have no hesitations or shame in admitting that we could not play our best game today".
Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.