Pakistan lift Champions Trophy

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 18 Jun 2017, 22:02:52 | Updated : 18 Jun 2017, 22:58:37
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Pakistan lift Champions Trophy

Pakistan lift Champions Trophy
Pakistan captured their maiden Champions Trophy beating India by huge 180 runs in the much-awaited final at The Oval, London, on Sunday.

Fakhar Zaman, who capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114, and pacer Mohammad Amir who removed India’s top three bats, guided Pakistan to the easy win over their arch-rivals in the lopsided final in a good English weather.

Fakhar shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unleashed a barrage of attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground to give Pakistan real hope of upsetting the defending champions.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first international century.

Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.

Babar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the perfect platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Babar chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history to lift the trophy for the third time.

Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, who also scuttled cream of the crops during India’s chase for the big total, bagged three wickets apiece. Hasan Ali finished with 19/3 and Amir, who couldn't come back for a second spell as India were already wrapped up, finished with 16/3 from six overs.

Fakhar was adjudged as the player of the match for his maiden century. His 114 from 106 balls set winners up for a big total.  

Brief scores: Pakistan 338/4 in 50 overs v India 158 off 30.3 overs. - agencies
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