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Pakistan bulldoze India to win Champions Trophy 2017

LONDON: The turn around came in just 14 days as Pakistan, so humiliated in their 124-run defeat against India in the first game, trounced the same opponent in the final by a big 180 runs to lift the Champions Trophy on Sunday.

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Opener Fakhar Zaman set the platform with a brilliant 106-ball 114 backed up by half centuries from Azhar Ali (59) and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) to give bowlers an ideal scoreboard pressure on a powerful Indian batting which was bundled for 158 in 30.3 overs.

The win is remarkable for the fact that Pakistan qualified for the Champions Trophy only as number eight and last team after cancelling a tri-series in Zimbabwe in fear of losing the spot in case they lost.

Mohammad Amir, who missed Pakistan’s semi-final win over England with a back spasm, gave Pakistan an ideal start removing the top three — Rohit Sharma (nought), Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) — who had scored 784 runs before this game in the tournament.

Rohit was trapped leg-before with the third ball of the innings and in his second over Amir had the prized scalp of Virat Kohli.

Kohli did get a life off the second ball when Azhar dropped a regulation catch at first slip. It could have been costly but Pakistan sighed a relief when off the very next ball Kohli was caught at point by Shadab Khan off a miscued on drive.

Amir returned from the other end to remove tournament’s top run scorer Shikhar Dhawan for 21, leaving India struggling at 33-3.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan confidently reviewed a leg before decision against Yuvraj Singh and got that in his favour to further push India back before Hasan Ali made it 54-5 when he had MS Dhoni hooking into the hands of Imad Wasim.

Hardik Pandya swung his bat with good effect during his 43-ball 76 with six sixes and four boundaries but that was too little and too late. Hasan finished with 3-19 to take his tally to 13 in the tournament, getting the golden ball for the best bowler of the tournament. Amir finished with 3-16 and Shadab 2-60.

Earlier it was Pakistan’s batsmen’s day.

Pakistan blasted 338-4 in their 50 overs after they were sent into bat on a fresh Oval pitch but it proved to be a blessing for Pakistan.

With the sun shinning Pakistan openers took big risks as there were some close run out chances and one dismissal albeit off a no-ball. Just like they say fortunes favour the brave, Fakhar Zaman had edged Jasprit Bumrah to wicket-keeper MS Dhoni for three and was half way through to the pavilion when umpires called him back as the bowler had over-stepped.

Fakhar took full advantage of that life, smashing all his three sixes off Ravichandaran Ashiwn coupled with 12 boundaries. Here is an opener who look all set to cement his place, having scored two fifties and a 34 in his first three games.

Azhar Ali has also shown intent to change, as if he got the current from Fakhar, lofting Ravindera Jadeja for the first six of the innings. Together they set the platform with a 128-run stand in 23 overs. That added to their 40, 74 and 116 run stands that harbours hopes that finally Pakistan’s opening woes have been solved.

For the first time Indian bowling looked chaotic, bowling 13 wides and three no-balls added to wayward bowling. A normally economical Ashiwn went for 70 in his ten and Bumrah conceded 68 in his nine. Pakistan also targetted Jadeja and part timer Kedhar Jadhav who between them conceded 94 in their 11 overs.

Babar Azam (46) added another 72 for the second wicket with Fakhar before the left-hander holed out off Hardik Pandya in the 34th over. Babar and Shoaib Malik (12) fell in the space of 20 runs and it looked Pakistan might squander the early advantage but Hafeez struck his runs off just 37 balls, hitting four boundaries and three sixes. Together with Imad Wasim (21 not out) Hafeez added 81 runs, with 91 coming off the last ten overs.

The win is Pakistan’s only third against India in 16 ICC event matches, all coming in Champions Trophy. Pakistan had beaten India in 2004 and 2009 Champions trophy.

A proud Sarfraz Ahmed lifted the trophy, with Pakistan also getting 2.2 million dollars in prize money. India received 1.1 million dollars as runners-up.

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INDIA BATTING

Over 30.3 (158/9): Junaid Khan

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 1 (8)

Jasprit Bumrah: 1 (9)

Over 29 (156/9): Hasan Ali

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 0 (3)

Jasprit Bumrah: 0 (5)

Ravichandran Ashwin: 1 (3)

Over 28 (156/8): Junaid Khan

Ravichandran Ashwin: 1 (2)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 0 (3)

Ravindra Jadeja: 16 (26)

Over 27 (154/7): Hasan Ali

Ravindra Jadeja: 15 (25)

Ravichandran Ashwin: 0 (0)

Hardik Pandya: 76 (43)

Over 26 (152/6): Fakhar Zaman

Hardik Pandya: 76 (43)

Ravindra Jadeja: 13 (19)

Over 25 (137/6): Shadab Khan

Hardik Pandya: 63 (39)

Ravindra Jadeja: 11 (17)

Over 24 (134/6): Fakhar Zaman

Hardik Pandya: 62 (38)

Ravindra Jadeja: 9 (12)

Over 23 (128/6): Shadab Khan

Hardik Pandya: 59 (35)

Ravindra Jadeja: 6 (9)

Over 22 (105/6): Fakhar Zaman

Hardik Pandya: 36 (29)

Ravindra Jadeja: 6 (9)

Over 21 (102/6): Shadab Khan

Hardik Pandya: 34 (25)

Ravindra Jadeja: 5 (7)

Over 20 (93/6): Imad Wasim/ Fakhar Zaman

Hardik Pandya: 27 (21)

Ravindra Jadeja: 3 (5)

Over 19 (89/6): Shadab Khan

Hardik Pandya: 24 (18)

Ravindra Jadeja: 2 (2)

Over 18 (80/6): Hasan Ali

Hardik Pandya: 17 (14)

Ravindra Jadeja: 0 (0)

Over 17 (72/6): Shadab Khan

Hardik Pandya: 9 (8)

Kedar Jadhav: 9 (13)

Over 16 (67/5): Hasan Ali

Kedar Jadhav: 9 (10)

Hardik Pandya: 4 (5)

Over 14 (54/5): Hasan Ali

MS Dhoni: 4 (16)

Kedar Jadhav: 0 (1)

Hardik Pandya: 1 (2)

Over 13 (54/4): Shadab Khan

MS Dhoni: 4 (13)

Yuvraj Singh: 22 (31)

Over 12 (50/3): Hasan Ali

Yuvraj Singh: 21 (28)

MS Dhoni: 1 (10)

Over 9 (33/3): Mohammad Amir

Yuvraj Singh: 6 (20)

Shikhar Dhawan: 21 (22)

Over 8 (31/2): Junaid Khan

Shikhar Dhawan: 20 (17)

Yuvraj Singh: 5 (19)

Over 7 (22/2): Mohammad Amir

Shikhar Dhawan: 11 (12)

Yuvraj Singh: 5 (17)

Over 6 (21/2): Junaid Khan

Shikhar Dhawan: 11 (12)

Yuvraj Singh: 5 (12)

Over 5 (16/2): Mohammad Amir

Shikhar Dhawan: 10 (11)

Yuvraj Singh: 1 (7)

Over 4 (7/2): Junaid Khan

Shikhar Dhawan: 1 (5)

Yuvraj Singh: 1 (7)

Over 3 (4/1): Mohammad Amir

Shikhar Dhawan: 1 (5)

Virat Kohli: 5 (9)

Over 2 (4/1): Junaid Khan

Shikhar Dhawan: 1 (4)

Virat Kohli: 3 (5)

Over 1 (2/1): Mohammad Amir

Shikhar Dhawan: 0 (0)

Virat Kohli: 2 (3)

Rohit Sharma: 0 (3)

PAKISTAN BATTING

Over 50 (338/4): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Mohammad Hafeez: 57 (37)

Imad Wasim: 25 (21)

Over 49 (329/4): Jasprit Bumrah

Mohammad Hafeez: 52 (35)

Imad Wasim: 23 (18)

Over 48 (318/4): Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

Mohammad Hafeez: 46 (30)

Imad Wasim: 20 (14)

Over 47 (313/4): Jasprit Bumrah

Mohammad Hafeez: 44 (27)

Imad Wasim: 18 (11)

Over 46 (305/4): Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

Mohammad Hafeez: 42 (25)

Imad Wasim: 12 (7)

Over 45 (294/4): Kedar Jadhav

Mohammad Hafeez: 32 (20)

Imad Wasim: 11 (6)

Over 44 (278/4): Jasprit Bumrah

Mohammad Hafeez: 24 (17)

Imad Wasim: 3 (3)

Over 43 (270/4): Kedar Jadhav

Mohammad Hafeez: 18 (13)

Imad Wasim: 1 (1)

Babar Azam: 46 (52)

Over 42 (266/3): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Babar Azam: 46 (51)

Mohammad Hafeez: 15 (9)

Over 41 (257/3): Ravindra Jadeja 

Babar Azam: 44 (49)

Mohammad Hafeez: 9 (5)

Over 40 (247/3): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Babar Azam: 43 (48)

Mohammad Hafeez: 0 (0)

Shoaib Malik: 12 (16)

Over 39 (246/2): Kedar Jadhav

Babar Azam: 42 (45)

Shoaib Malik: 12 (13)

Over 38 (239/2): Hardik Pandya

Babar Azam: 39 (42)

Shoaib Malik: 10 (10)

Over 37 (227/2): Ravindra Jadeja

Babar Azam: 28 (37)

Shoaib Malik: 10 (9)

Over 36 (216/2): Hardik Pandya

Babar Azam: 25 (34)

Shoaib Malik: 2 (6)

Over 35 (209/2): Jasprit Bumrah

Babar Azam: 18 (29)

Shoaib Malik: 2 (5)

Over 34 (202/2): Hardik Pandya

Babar Azam: 12 (26)

Shoaib Malik: 1 (3)

Fakhar Zaman: 114 (106)

Over 33 (200/1): Ravichandran Ashwin

Fakhar Zaman: 114 (105)

Babar Azam: 11 (23)

Over 32 (191/1): Hardik Pandya

Fakhar Zaman: 106 (101)

Babar Azam: 10 (21)

Over 31 (186/1): Ravichandran Ashwin

Fakhar Zaman: 103 (96)

Babar Azam: 8 (20)

Over 30 (179/1): Hardik Pandya

Fakhar Zaman: 96 (91)

Babar Azam: 8 (19)

Over 29 (176/1): Ravichandran Ashwin

Fakhar Zaman: 95 (89)

Babar Azam: 7 (15)

Over 28 (175/1): Hardik Pandya

Fakhar Zaman: 94 (87)

Babar Azam: 7 (11)

Over 27 (167/1): Ravichandran Ashwin

Fakhar Zaman: 89 (85)

Babar Azam: 4 (7)

Over 26 (150/1): Ravindra Jadeja

Fakhar Zaman: 76 (82)

Babar Azam: 2 (4)

Over 25 (134/1): Ravichandran Ashwin

Fakhar Zaman: 60 (78)

Babar Azam: 1 (2)

Over 24 (129/1): Ravindra Jadeja

Fakhar Zaman: 57 (74)

Babar Azam: 0 (0)

Over 23 (128/1): Hardik Pandya

Fakhar Zaman: 56 (68)

Babar Azam: 0 (0)

Azhar Ali: 59 (71)

Over 22 (125/0): Ravindra Jadeja

Azhar Ali: 58 (69)

Fakhar Zaman: 54 (64)

Over 21 (118/0): Hardik Pandya

Azhar Ali: 52 (65)

Fakhar Zaman: 53 (62)

Over 20 (114/0): Ravindra Jadeja

Azhar Ali: 50 (61)

Fakhar Zaman: 51 (60)

Over 19 (103/0): Hardik Pandya

Azhar Ali: 48 (59)

Fakhar Zaman: 42 (56)

Over 18 (100/0): Ravindra Jadeja

Azhar Ali: 46 (56)

Fakhar Zaman: 41 (53)

Over 17 (93/0): Hardik Pandya

Azhar Ali: 44 (54)

Fakhar Zaman: 36 (49)

Over 16 (90/0): Ravindra Jadeja

Azhar Ali: 42 (49)

Fakhar Zaman: 35 (48)

Over 15 (86/0): Hardik Pandya 

Azhar Ali: 40 (46)

Fakhar Zaman: 33 (45)

Over 14 (77/0): Ravichandran Ashwin

Azhar Ali: 35 (43)

Fakhar Zaman: 31 (42)

Over 13 (73/0): Jasprit Bumrah

Azhar Ali: 33 (41)

Fakhar Zaman: 29 (38)

Over 12 (69/0): Ravichandran Ashwin

Azhar Ali: 31 (37)

Fakhar Zaman: 27 (36)

Over 11 (63/0): Jasprit Bumrah

Azhar Ali: 30 (35)

Fakhar Zaman: 22 (32)

Over 10 (55/0): Ravichandran Ashwin

Azhar Ali: 29 (32)

Fakhar Zaman: 17 (29)

Over 9 (48/0): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Azhar Ali: 23 (28)

Fakhar Zaman: 14 (27)

Over 8 (48/0): Ravichandran Ashwin

Azhar Ali: 23 (28)

Fakhar Zaman: 14 (21)

Over 7 (38/0): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Azhar Ali: 16 (23)

Fakhar Zaman: 13 (20)

Over 6 (36/0): Jasprit Bumrah

Azhar Ali: 15 (20)

Fakhar Zaman: 12 (17)

Over 5 (27/0): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Azhar Ali: 7 (14)

Fakhar Zaman: 12 (17)

Over 4 (19/0): Jasprit Bumrah

Azhar Ali: 7 (14)

Fakhar Zaman: 8 (11)

Over 3 (7/0): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Azhar Ali: 3 (11)

Fakhar Zaman: 3 (7)

Over 2 (3/0): Jasprit Bumrah

Azhar Ali: 1 (7)

Fakhar Zaman: 1 (5)

Over 1 (0/0): Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Azhar Ali: 0 (6)

Fakhar Zaman: 0 (0)

Pakistan Playing XI:

India Playing XI:

“Nice and hard wicket. It is a fresh wicket, even grass covering and we would like our bowlers to exploit it then we like chasing,” said India skipper Virat Kohli after winning the toss.

While Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed also wanted to bowl first. “But the toss is out of our control. Hopefully we can post more than 300,” he said.

Fit Mohammad Amir replaces Rumman Raees.

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