Pakistan win Champions Trophy by 180 runs

Pablo Tucker
June 20, 2017

Azhar had a run-out scrape too, on 29, when Rohit missed the stumps from midwicket this time as Pakistan's frenetic start continued.

The lowest-ranked team in the eight-nation one-day worldwide tournament, their group campaign started with a 124-run thrashing by India at Edgbaston on June 4.

"Cricket is not about doing well in every game that you play", reasoned India captain Kohli in his post-match news conference.

Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs in the final.

What actually happened was that newbie opener Fakhar Zaman, playing his fourth global innings, hit 114 from 106 balls in one of the highest-pressure cricket matches of the decade, before a bristling middle order grew the total to 338 for 4, with hitherto unsuspected power and skill.


It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase - in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs. India have been unbeaten against Pakistan in all but two ICC fixtures before this and it was only the second time that the two teams were playing in the final of an ICC tournament.

Following India's 180 runs defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final at The Oval on Sunday, violence erupted in several parts of India.

Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force said, in comments reported by the Guardian in March: "The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action".

Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries and helped Pakistan set a monstrous target of 339 runs for the Men in Blue to defend the title.

Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries.


Pakistan team celebrate with the Champions Trophy.

But Panda who looked visibly upset over the run out that paved the way for Pakistan's triumph took his frustration to a next level on the microblogging site and allegedly accused his team members of showing dismal performance considering Pakistan, an easy enemy.

Pakistan: 338 for four in 50 overs.

June 07, Edgbaston: Beat South Africa by 19 runs- Hasan Ali, with three wickets, leads a brilliant bowling display as bottom-ranked Pakistan hold the top-ranked Proteas to 219.


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