London: Pakistan beat favourite India by a big margin of 180 runs to settle the Champions Trophy title in a thrilling competition at London’s Oval ground on Sunday.
Pakistani Team set up a huge 339-run target with a loss of four wickets and highest in any Champions Trophy final for the men in blue, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all men out for just 158 runs in the 31st over.
Pakistan beat India was in 2009 in Champions Trophy match also.
India won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first.
The green shirts’ total was bolstered by a solid 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali which set the mood for the first inning. Fakhar, who scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over, was awarded Player of the Match.
The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.
Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racked up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52.
Hardik Pandya was the only top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.
Left-arm fast Muhammad Amir kicked off Pakistan’s bowling attack, taking three crucial early wickets ─ those of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
PM, President felicitated nation and national cricket Team on winning Champions Trophy 2017
Nawaz Sharif congratulated the nation over Pakistan’s classic victory in the ICC Champions Trophy’s final match against India.
The prime minister highly appreciated the entire team for playing extra-ordinarily and defeating the opponent team
with a heavy margin.
“Players and management of the team deserve deep appreciation for their remarkable performance today,Radio Pakistan reported.
Prime Minister also expressed that he was looking forward to receive the winners soon in Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain felicitated the Pakistani nation and national cricket team on winning the ICC Champions Trophy-2017.
The president also congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Board on this achievement.
Praising the marvelous performance of the players, the president said that hard work, passion and unflinching resolve paved the way to great successes.
Pakistan cricket team had achieved tremendous success with the same commitment, he said, adding like in cricket,
great accomplishments could also be attained in different fields of life through common resolve and unity.