Blog by- Harinadh.A.S
London: Pakistan lifted the Champions trophy for the first time ever in the history beating India in the final yesterday. India looking for their third Champions Trophy in the Champions Trophy faced a defeat against Pakistan. Chasing a target of 339 in 50 overs, India’s account closed in 158 for all out for 30.3 overs.
India won the toss and decided to bowl first. In the batting pitch, the decision was wrong. It can be seen in the result of match. Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zamam gave an excellent start for Pakistan. Fakhar Zamam scored a century for Pakistan. He scored 114 off 106 balls. Azhar Ali scored 59 off 71 balls. Mohammed Hafeez(57* off 37 balls) and Babar Azam(46 off 52 balls). Imad Wasim(25* off 21 balls) Finished the game with Hafeez. Pakistan scored 338 runs with a loss of Four wicket in 50 overs. India given 25 runs in the form of extras. Jasprit Bumrah bowled three no balls. Bhuvi bowled well including two maiden overs and took one wicket. Other bowlers were very expensive. Hardik Pandya took the wicket of Fakhar Zamam.
In return, India’s start was not good. India loss the first wicket in the third ball in the first over by Mohammed Amir. He took the wicket of Rohit Sharma without taking a run. Amir also took the wickets of dangerous Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. Hardik Pandya only defended the target. He scored 76 runs off 43 balls which included four 4s and six 6s. No other batsmen played well. Yuvi with 22 runs and Shikhar Dhawan with 21 runs tried well, but they failed in making the target. India got all out in 30.3 overs with the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan won the match by 180 runs. Fakhar Zamam became the ‘Man of the Match’ for his ton. Hasan Ali became the ‘Man of the Tournament’. The victory of 180 runs is the biggest victory in the final of any ICC event. Pakistan’s 338 runs is the highest in this Champions Trophy of 2017.
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