Over-Confident Indian side were completely knocked out by the Pakistani Team, who dominated whole of the game from sustained aggression in batting to
fire-packed bowling to win their maiden ICC CT title.
The Oval, ICC CT 2017 Final, 18 June 2017, 21:15; Pakistan completely crushed the former champions by 180 runs in a game, that they owned since the very start to clinch
in their first ICC Champions Trophy Title. After the start the skipper for ‘Men in Blue’ was confident to go for the chase and opted to bowl after winning the toss.Pakistan
batted with sustained aggression throughout its innings, powered first by Fakhar Zaman and then by Hafeez. And it has to be said that India was caught off guard — they didn’t
seem to have anticipated such a start, and other than Bhuvi, every one of the bowlers lost their shape and control. Bumrah’s wides and no-balls got expensive for the ‘Men in
blue’. Also Pandya seemed to be impressive with the ball but not a threat as like B.Kumar. Pakistan posted a total of 328 on the board, courtesy the centurian and a gem for Pakistani opening Fakhar Zaman who boosted the confidence in Pakistans innings and dismantled Indian spinners.
Chasing 338 a decent total, Indian top order (Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli)was dismantled by the star bowler Mohd. Amir and after that none of the Indian batsmen stood up against
the fierce Pakistan bowlers except Hardik Pandya who slammed them all around the park. However a confusion in the field, cost him his wicket which was the last thing the defending
champions needed. And then the history was written, sad and dissapointing for the power packed ‘Men in Blue’ but a historic moment for Pakistan to lift the ICC CT title for the first time.
Match Summary- India won the toss and opted to bowl
Well India started off the game showing their domination, but it lasted only with Bhuvenashewar Kumar he was fierce and bowled at tight lengths on the body-line.
Then came Bumrah who wasn’t able to bowl under tight lengths and lines and the younster was succumbed under pressure proving to be a weak ling in the Indian fast bowling department.
The openers Fakhar and Azhar batted brilliantly for a 100+ opening stand. They were edgy in the start but then clobbered the Indian spinners and Bumrah to show off increible
display with the bat.
However Azhar was dismissed after scoring a half-century on a run-out by Bumrah/Dhoni. But Fakhar went on to score a century with some sensible batting
from Babar. And then the centurian was bowled out by an impressive spell of Pandya. And then it was 128/2 in 33.4 overs. Seemed India are getting back in the game.
But then came Hafeez who scored the second fastest half century in history of ICC CT in just 34 balls. Decent death bowling from India but Imad and Hafeez tried to get a little too unconventional
at times. Pakistan have the runs on board to post a total of 338. Pressure was on India.
Pakistan posted a massive target of 339 and went about defending it gloriously. the second innings started off with the Amir-Show. Mohammed Amir was brilliant, his three wicket-burst at the top ripped
the heart out of the Indian batting. And then the veterans M.S. and Yuvraj had the responsibility on their shoulders but they also fell under the pressure on such a huge total to Shadab and Hasan Ali respectively. And then Pandya gave his heart-out from ‘Men in Blue’s’ campaign to continue the fight.
He batted brilliantly and the hopes of India winning were revived but after scoring a blistering 76 he was caught in a confusion created by Jadeja which resulted in a run-out and bye-bye to Pandya’s efforts.
And from then India lost the match to winding up at 158 runs in 30.3 overs.
The loss by 180 runs with around 19 overs remaining on a placid pitch was as humiliating as it could get for Indian team.
Pak- 338/4 in 50 overs
Fakhar Zaman(cJadeja, bPandya)- 114 in 106 balls(12*4s, 3*6s) , Azhar Ali (run out Bumrah/Dhoni)- 59 in 71 balls (6*4s,1*6s), M.Hafeez*- 57 in 37 balls (4*4s, 3*6s).
Bowling- B.Kumar 10-44-1 Pandya 10-54-1
India- 158/10 in 30.3 overs
H.Pandya (Run out M.Hafeez)- 76 in 43 balls(4*4s, 6*6s), Yuvraj Singh (lbw Shadab Khan)- 22 in 31 balls(4*4s), S.Dhawan(c Sarfraz Ahmed, b.Amir)- 21 in 22 balls (4*4s)
Bowling- Mohammed Amir 6-16-3, Hasan Ali 6.3-19-3
Post Match Updates- Man of the Match- Fakhar Zaman
Shikhar Dhawan wins the ‘Golden Bat’ for the most runs in the tournament, scoring 330 at an average of 67.
Hasan Ali wins the ‘Golden Ball’ award for the most wickets in the tournament-13.
Player of the tournament- Hasan Ali.
India skipper Virat Kohli: I want to congratulate Pakistan. They had an amazing tournament, and proved yet again today that they can upset any side. Really proud of them the way they turned things around,
and reached the final. This is what happens in sport. You can’t take anyone lightly. With the ball, we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We’ve always tried to do our best in certain situations.
(On Bumrah’s no-ball) Small margins can be massive in cricket. All said and done, we’ve not won the final, and we’ve lost a game of cricket.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: Specially first of all thanks to Almighty Allah. After the India match, I told to my boys that the tournament is not over yet. Thanks to the team management. And look we are here today.
I think he (Fakhar Zaman) is a very great impact player, he played like a champion player. All credit goes to my bowlers. They bowled really well. It is a very young bunch of team and a lot of credit goes to the team
management for backing us. When we came here, there was nothing to lose. Very proud moment for me, my team and my country. Thank you very much Pakistan, keep praying for us.