Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 19, 2017

Widely written off after an abject display in their opening group match against the same opponents, the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament suddenly rediscovered their mojo. It's the first time Pakistan is playing the final of Champions Trophy. The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.

He ran out his fellow opener Azhar Ali while he was ball-watching after they'd made a record 128 but he shrugged that off too to earn his maiden century for Pakistan, in only his fourth one-day worldwide, 11 days after his debut. Even in the only match that they lost - against Sri Lanka - India scored over 320 runs.

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.

The risky Pandya seemed to be in mood to reshape the innings however his brilliant knock was thwarted by the misunderstanding of running between the wicket as he got run out after scoring 76 runs of 43 balls.

He scripted the fastest half-century in a world One-Day International (ODI) final, reaching the landmark in 32 deliveries with three consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

In his second over, one of the unsafe bowlers in today's cricket gave some hard time to the risky batsman in the World.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. Mohammed Amir dismantled the top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan with pace and swing.

Kohli, who was dropped at first slip by Azhar Ali in the previous ball, tried a flick to the on-side but could only manage a leading edge straight to Shadab Khan at point.

Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav followed each other back to the pavilion in quick succession as Pakistan tightened their grip on the proceedings.

Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

Fakhar got another life, and the Pakistan opener embraced it. "He's got proper big match temperament, and he showed that today on the biggest stage". "I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game".

A majestic century from Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan script a famous 54-run victory over their arch-rivals in the 2006 edition of the tournament.

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a flawless start.

Come the last over, Pakistan needed 13 to win with Misbah on strike but only one wicket now standing.

It was the brilliant Amir who put India in deep deep trouble by removing Dhawan who was caught by the skipper after scoring 21 runs.

Latest Update: Hassan Ali, sharp short ball at Bumrah first up and the batsman gets nicely behind it, defends. Azam, who was previously supporting Zaman, now took the charge and played freely. As against Pakistan's 18, India have 19 wickets from fewer deliveries. Their first encounter came in the Benson and Hedges Tournament in Melbourne and India emerged victorious by eight wickets. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.

Kumar also went for a six in the next over as Hafeez thumped him down the ground in the next over. Soon, Imad Wasim (25) also joined Hafeez and attacked Indian bowlers to post a healthy total.

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