Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 18:05
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.
When Hasan Ali had Jasprit Bumrah caught by his captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the 31st over with a nasty bouncer, there were not many Indian fans around at the ground to see the complete collapse of an imposing batting line-up.
Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.
The left-arm paceman dismissed Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.
"We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly", added the South African after Pakistan s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England. Meanwhile, explaining yesterday's cricket match, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group, Mr Anand Mahindra tweeted comparing the Pakistan team to a start-up company.
If we talk about the last eight years, India has won two ICC tournaments - 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. "Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well".
A near flawless performance in the field from Pakistan saw India fall a full 180 runs short of their target as they offered little resistance to the Pakistan attack.
"I wasn't feeling well yesterday, I was thinking I wouldn't be able to play, but the physio said I would be fine in the morning. They were more intense, passionate and deserved to win".
Then one ball after Kohli, the world s leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan. After he was gone at 152, India managed only six more runs and survived for only 24 more balls.
The Pakistan Super League has unearthed new talent and given the players enormous self-belief and this win in the final of the Champions Trophy against India might just be what the doctor ordered to break the team's jinx against India in big tournaments.
Fakhar continued to a 92-ball century, finally falling to Indian bowler Hardik Pandya in the 33rd over.
Fakhar rode his luck when he was caught behind off a no-ball on three.
Along with senior pro Azhar Ali (58 off 71 balls), Zaman set the platform with a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket and consolidated it further with a whirlwind 72 off 63 balls with Babar Azam (46 off 52).
India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a return to forget, his 10 wicketless overs costing 70 runs. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.