#CT17 Final: Pakistan set mammoth total for India

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Fakhar Zaman found the flawless time to post a maiden ODI hundred and lay the platform for Pakistan's imposing 4-338 against India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval. Virat Kohli, who is a fighter on a cricket field, was hurt with the outcome, but the skipper praised the Pakistan team for their incredible showing in the final. "He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that's why the disappointment came out". Credit goes to my boys.

Fakhar zaman could have been out but that ball turned out to be a no ball from Bumrah and after that there was no looking back for the opening batsmen as he went on to score an unbelievable century which the world will remember for a long time.

Azhar had to go, with his partner static in the non-striker's crease, after Bumrah pulled off an unexpected stop at midwicket.

Although Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching when Azhar was run out, the left-hander swiftly made amends, adopting a particularly aggressive approach against spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as he dashed from 50 to 100 in just 32 balls. However, support for the Indian team hasn't dwindled post Pakistan's upset win.

Pakistan came into the ICC Champions Trophy as the lowest-ranked ODI team.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.

Because Jadeja was blasted for 67 runs in eight mediocre overs, Virat Kohli had to introduce the sixth bowler, Kedar Jadhav, who conceded 27 runs in three overs, but could not curb their progress.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

Their hopes then rested largely on the shoulders of opener Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to Sarfraz. However, the last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 also in a Champions Trophy match.

Pakistan finished on 338 having lost four wickets, their second highest ODI score against India.

Hardik Pandya gave the stunned India fans in a capacity crowd something to cheer as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty. "Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything", Kohli continued. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.

Pakistani batsmen played intelligently and showed their character for the big match.

- Hasan, in the absence of the injured Amir (back spasm) produces a superb skilled display in taking three wickets as previously unbeaten tournament hosts England are dismissed for 211.

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