Abysmal India come crashing down against Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final

Abysmal India come crashing down against Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman’s 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

Mohammad Amir then tore through the India top order to help reduce the defending champions to 54-5.

The Pakistan batsmen had a field day with the bat with a lot of luck on their side as well.

“I think people should now stop saying that Pakistan can’t beat India in major events”, he said. Without such moments of incompetence in what was otherwise a spectacular allround performance, there is no chance we could plausibly accept that this is the same side that lost their opening match to India by 124 runs.

“We want to try to be a lot more consistent as a team, but we’ve got a group of young players here that are fantastic”. But far from his lack of experience counting against him, or Pakistan’s in ICC finals – Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir the only holdovers from their last, the 2009 World T20 win on English soil – it was the most decisive factor in their success.

Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

Fielders made several mess-ups in the outfield while bowlers failed to bowl at the right line throughout the innings as a result arch-rivals Pakistan managed to score a healthy total.

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.

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely.

Fakhar Zaman, by contrast, had still to make his ODI debut when the teams clashed on June 4. During a no-fear, enterprising innings he struck 12 fours and three sixes to pull apart a sub-standard India bowling attack.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said: “It’s a great team effort”. After adding 20 runs for the fourth wicket with Hafeez, Azam was caught by Yuvraj Singh at the boundary in the 43th over.

Lastly, he also backed his decision of opting to bowl.

The second Powerplay (Overs 11-40) were fully utilised by Pakistan, who scored 191 runs and bulk of those came off the spinners. They entered this tournament as the eight-ranked ODI team – they qualified ahead of West Indies – and their campaign appeared doomed when they surrendered so meekly to India in their opening match.

Fakhar Zaman hit a maiden one-day worldwide century to set up a thrilling victory against India, who had been strong favourites to lift a second successive title.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who watched the match at his office a Pakistan team jersey, all congratulated on winning the Champions Trophy.