Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan vs India, final today

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.

This is Pakistan's first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20 win.

Pakistan, who had lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments and started this event the lowest ranked of the eight teams involved, were now on the brink of a sensational win. "This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament".

India posted an impressive 319/3, before rain shortened the match and Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 to win in 41 overs.

It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase - in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

To make things worse, that no-ball seemed to also instil confidence in Azhar Ali a well, who went off Test mode and chose to get into his one-day groove.

He was also awarded the man of the match award for his performance.

"Our team has presented us with a best gift in the holy fasting month of Ramadan", said Shabbir Ali Asghar, a 14-year-old student, as he watched the final with friends on television in Rawalpindi. Zaman scored a ton. Their spinners, too, ended up having an off day, Ravindra Jadeja, in particular, dishing out a number of loose, short deliveries.

With no assistance from the pitch, their limitations were thoroughly exposed against batsmen, who were ready to use their feet.

Zaman, who made his debut in the tournament, continued his dream run as he scored his first ODI hundred. The fate of the match was sealed.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

As the final wicket fell, Oval, immersed in a'Sea of Green', was euphoric in its celebration along with those eleven on the field.

Mahmood also said Pakistan have the bench strength and won't be in any trouble in case Amir fails to participate in the final.

"We played some really good cricket but we're not going to take anything for granted for sure".

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

Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries during the course of his innings.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides - more than two extra overs.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century.

Pakistani batsmen kept scoring runs at rapid pace and did not give Indian bowlers much chance to exert pressure on them.

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said.

Pakistan were 27 for no loss after the first five overs.

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