With the stunning win in the final of Champions Trophy at The Oval; Team Pakistan have not only secured winning trophy but its players have also received awards and recognition for their outstanding play in the tournament.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament is finally over and Pakistan team has emerged the winners - they beat India by 180 runs in the final to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown.
Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, was superb.
Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval. When Pakistan held England 2-2 in Arthur's first Test series in charge a year ago, they won both games in the capital, at Lord's and the Oval, and when they last won...
"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".
Ever since India and Pakistan crashed out in the group stage of the 2007 World Cup, robbing the world of a potential Super 8 Stage clash, conscious decision has been made by the ICC to try and slot the two arch-rivals in the same group in global events. "This is very important victory for Pakistan cricket", he said. With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities.
Pakistan, India face off in historic cricket final
Hassan Ali is on fire and Pakistan will look to him to continue his cracking form with the ball. India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs .
The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.
The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India's "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament. The last ball six hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma haunted a generation of Indian fans till Sachin Tendulkar returned the favour during that epic knock at the Centurion.
Fakhar, the man-of-the-match, shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59).
With two quality pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom have maintained less than five runs per over economy rate on flat decks, India have their bases covered.
The 27-year-old Fakhar, however, put the setback behind him to complete a 92-ball hundred when he swept star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his 12th four.
Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.
Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja.
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