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Pakistan's path to Champions Trophy glory

19 Juin 2017

Pakistan knocked India by 180 runs in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The left-handed opener, playing in just his fourth One-day global, overcome some anxious moments early in his innings to hammer 114 from 106 balls to lead Pakistan's charge in their first-ever appearance in a Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs and lifted the Champions Trophy.

The already considerable scoreboard pressure became impossible for India to cope with when Mohammad Amir reduced them to 33 for three. Even ICC knows and thus they don't let a bilateral series happen between the two countries. "Did you feel any pleasant moment in the match?" Ranked at number 8, deprived of worldwide cricket at home and battling odds at every forum against an adversary that practically runs global cricket these days this victory was the sweetest of them all.

Earlier in first innings, Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred was the cornerstone of Pakistan's 338 for four as they set title-holders and arch-rivals India a stiff chase to win the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Fakhar Zaman departed after scoring a brilliant knock of 114 runs of 106 balls that included three sixes and 12 boundaries.

He shared a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59) and then put on 72 with Babar Azam (46) for the second wicket.

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The last wicket fell in the shape of Bumrah departing for just one run as Hasan Ali took another wicket while finishing as the highest wicket taker of the tournament.

For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Aamer and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.

The fact remained that a fully red-hot Pakistan team, the sentimental favourites for all that they are going through for inability to play at home, was the better team on the day and deserved to win the tournament.

India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs when the subcontinent giants squared off in their tournament opener in Birmingham.

But the umpires checked for a no-ball and replays showed Bumrah had over-stepped. I would like to congratulate Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya. He said "It was the first time that there were two India-Pakistan matches going on".

Azhar, often criticised for slow-scoring, completed a 61-ball fifty with a single off Ravindra Jadeja and later in the same over Fakhar followed him to the landmark in 60 balls when he cut the left-arm spinner for four through Yuvraj Singh at point.

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.