Pakistan beat India by 181 runs to lift their first ever Champions Trophy in the eight edition of the tournament.
A superb, fiery century from Fakhar Zaman helped Pakistan notch up a total of 338 for four wickets in the 50 overs. This was the second highest total by Pakistan against India in any ODI. The highest, 344, came in their 2004 encounter in Karachi.
It was a phenomenal encounter between two old rivals of the Indian sub-continent. The excitement was palpable and the throbbing atmosphere at The Oval in London added to the hyper-charged match between India and Pakistan. But the Indian bowlers disappointed on a day it mattered the most.
For Zaman, who was playing just the fourth ODI match of his career, it was his maiden century. The Pakistani southpaw had a lucky escape when a catch taken behind by Dhoni came off a no-ball.
Zaman did not give any chance to the Indians and kept firing ending with a total of 114 off 106 balls before falling to a Hardik Pandya delivery.
Opening the innings, Zaman and Azhar Ali took on every Indian bowler barring Buvneshwar Kumar for a first-wicket stand of 128 runs. Ali, who scored 59, was run out because of a confusion between the wickets.
Zaman was the second to go, but by that time Pakistan had scored 200 in 33 overs.
Babar Azam (46 off 52 deliveries) and Mohammed Hafeez (57 not out off 37 balls) kept the pressure on the Indian bowlers, who appeared to have lost their line and length today.
The Indians started poorly.
The dangerous opener Rohit Sharma went for a duck in just the second bowl of the innings. He was out LBW off a superb inswing of Mohammad Amir.
Amir struck again and took out skipper Virat Kohli who made just 5 runs. At this stage, India was at 6 runs only.
Amir’s dangerous spell continued as he scalped his third victim, Shikhar Dhawan. The left-handed batsman was out for 21.
And to think of the fact that Amir had just got back into the team following a back spasm that kept him away.
— Tehmoor Ali Abbasi (@TehmoorAAbbasi) June 18, 2017
The others who came in, Yuvraj Singh (22), M.S. Dhoni (4), etc, couldn’t do much to salvage the game. Only Hardik Pandya managed to score 76 before getting run out.
India wrapped up their innings at just 158 runs.
On Twitter, however, Indians came up with reasons to smile anyhow:
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) June 18, 2017
Dear @imVkohli ,
You are allowed a bad day.
Every Indian. #INDvPAK
— Jattaan Di Kudi (@karishmakhehra) June 18, 2017
— roshan swami (@roshanswami1) June 18, 2017
— Sharique Firdoushi (@srq_official) June 18, 2017
11 Indians stranded in Oval, London. Madam Sushma Swaraj please rescue them. #IndvPak
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 18, 2017
Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field. The decision came as a surprise to some given the fact that India had a more robust and in-form line-up of batsmen who could have slammed a very high total.
In their last encounter in the Group A of the tournament, India had squarely beaten Pakistan and exposed the flaws in the opponent’s bowling. Yet today was the day of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.