An all-around Pakistan romped past India defeating the men in blue by 180 runs to win their first Champions Trophy title courtesy blistering bowling performances by Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali. Earlier, Fakhar Zaman(114) and Mohammad Hafeez(58) powered Pakistan to a colossal score of 338.
The first battle of the final was won by India as Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first owing to India's splendid record while chasing. With the pitch expecting to provide a hint of swing early on, India took the field with the same team as the one that had decimated Bangladesh in the semi-final. Pakistan, however, made one change with the fully-fit Mohammad Amir returning to the team in place of Rumman Raees.
Zaman and Azhar put India on the backfoot
Bhuvneshwar Kumar started the proceedings with the ball for India and gave his side the perfect start by bowling a maiden first over. India seemed to be heading towards a dream start when the in-form Fakhar Zaman nicked a Jasprit Bumrah delivery to MS Dhoni behind the stumps at 3. However, India’s celebrations did not last as replays showed Bumrah overstepping while bowling the wicket taking delivery. After a nervy start, Zaman and Azhar Ali both started battering the Indian bowlers to get into a fluent rhythm. Virat Kohli’s ploy to bring Ravichandran Ashwin early move backfired as Ashwin was smashed for ten runs in his very first
ton and Hafeez’s cameo powers Pakistan to 338
Azhar Ali’s wicket did not perturb Zaman who clobbered Ravindra Jadeja for 16 runs in the following over to once again
Pakistan tear apart the Indian batting
Chasing 339, India
Pandya attacks but in vain
The Indian fans praying for a miracle found some hope in Pandya who was smacking the ball sweetly and looked in great control. Pandya smashed Shadab Khan for 23 runs in an over and reached his fifty in just 32 deliveries to helped India reach 137-6 at the midway mark. However, a
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