Pakistan make history by claiming their first Champions Trophy

Published: June 18, 2017
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A maiden ODI century by Fakhar Zaman and a breath-taking spell of new ball bowling by fast bowler Mohammad Amir helped Pakistan crush arch-rivals India in the final at The Oval on Sunday as they lifted the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted for bowl first, but his decision back-fired as the Men in Green took full advantage of the perfect batting conditions by posting a mammoth 339-run target in their allotted 50 overs.

Hasan Ali: the hero of the ordinary

The star of the show was young opener Fakhar, who scored a whirlwind 114 off just 106 balls with the help of 12 fours and three sixes.

He was well-supported by fellow opener Azhar Ali (59) and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out), who contributed timely half-centuries.

Chasing a record 339 to defend their title, India were rocked early, thanks to fiery spell by Amir, who claimed the Men in Blues’ first three wickets in his opening five overs.

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All-rounder Hardik Pandya gave a glimmer of hope to Kohli’s men with a quick-fire 76 off 43 laced with six massive sixes, but it was not enough as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men defeated their rivals by 180 runs to lift the trophy.

Zaman was awarded man of the match for his outstanding batting performance, whereas Hasan Ali was named the best bowler of the tournament.

Who said what: 

Sarfraz Ahmed: Credit goes to boys and team management. We had a young team. We arrived with the mindset that we had nothing to lose. They didn’t recognize Pakistan anywhere but now we are champions. It is a proud moment for the whole nation.

Virat Kohli: I want to congratulate Pakistan. The way they turned thinsg around, speaks volume about the talent they have. They had to earn their win. We gave our best; they were just more passionate. Credit goes to them for doing good in all three departments. All said and done, we need to move forward. We didn’t play well today, we’ll take that on the chin and move on.

Mohammad Hafeez: Platform was there. We wanted to go 300+. I just went out there to hit the ball hard. Winning the tournament is great. We wanted to inspire our country. We are very happy to do this for our team.

Muhammad Amir: This is a team performance. The way we came back in South Africa was great.

Imad Wasim: It is unbelievable. After the first game we were down and out but we sat down and said that we have to make a comeback. It is not any upset. We beat four great teams in the world.

Shoaib Malik: I would like to congratulate Pakistan. I hope this will unite us more. We were not nervous before the match. Youngsters were looking up to us, so we had to stay calm.

Mickey Arthur: We’ve got a group of young players who are fantastic. We need to keep the momentum going. The next two years, we want to grow more, that is the aim.

Azhar Mahmood: He’s got a big heart. He runs in and wants to take wickets. Fakhar is brilliant. He put pressure on the opposition. If you got a players like him, you can do anything.

It’s been a great journey for us as well, and we hope you enjoyed it all along. Till next time, it’s goodbye from Azeem Siddiqui and Abdul Majid Awan. Ciao

What a story it was for Pakistan team. They started their journey with a crushing loss against India, and finished it with a thumping win over the same opposition in the grand finale.

IND 158 (overs 30.3)

OUT! That’s it, Pakistan is the ICC Champions Trophy winner for the first time.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

IND 158-8 (overs 30)

Just two off the over.

Junaid Khan to start his new over.

IND 156-8 (overs 29)

Wicket maiden for Hasan Ali.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

IND 156-8 (overs 28)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over.

Junaid Khan to start his new over.

IND 154-7 (overs 27)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over. Great over for Pakistan.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

IND 152-6 (overs 26)

Fifteen off the over. Great one for India.

SIXx2: Pandiya is keeping team India in the contest. Two massive sixes.

Fakhar Zaman to continue.

IND 137-6 (overs 25)

Just three off the over.

Shadab Khan to start

IND 134-6 (overs 24)

Six off the over.

Fakhar Zaman to continue.

IND 128-6 (overs 23)

Twenty three off the over, the most expensive over of the match so far.

SIXx3! Pandya on fire. Clean hitting from the youngster. He becomes the fastest half-centurian in ICC 50-0ver tournament, overtaking Australia’s Adam Gilchrist.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

IND 103-6 (overs 22)

Just three off the over.

Fakhar Zaman to start his new over.

IND 102-6 (overs 21)

Nine off the over. Good one for India.

Shadab Khan to continue.

IND 93-6 (overs 20)

Four off the over.

And the bad news is, the left-arm spinner is going off the field, and it’s Fakhar Zaman to continue his over.

Imad Wasim to start his first over.

IND 89-6 (overs 19)

Nine off the over. Good one for India.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

IND 80-6 (overs 18)

Eight runs off the over. Good one for India.

Hasan Ali to continue.

IND 72-6 (overs 17)

Five runs and a wicket off the over. Brilliant bowling from the leg-spinner.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

IND 67-5 (overs 16)

Five off the over.

Hasan Ali to continue.

IND 62-5 (overs 15)

Seven runs off the wicket.

FOUR! Welcome boundary for India.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

IND 55-5 (overs 14)

Just one run and a wicket off the over.

Hasan Ali to continue.

IND 54-4 (overs 13)

Just four runs and a wicket. Brilliant bowling from the youngster.

Shadab Khan to start his first over.

IND 50-3 (overs 12)

Just three off the over.

Hasan Ali to start his first over.

IND 47-3 (overs 11)

Maiden, brilliant bowling from the youngster.

Mohammad Amir to start his new over.

IND 47-3 (overs 10)

Fourteen off the over. Brilliant over for India.

FOURx3! Three beautiful boundaries from the left-hander.

Mohammad Hafeez to start his first over.

IND 33-3 (overs 9)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over. Brilliant bowling.

Mohammad Amir to start his new over.

IND 31-2 (overs 8)

Nine off the over. Good one for India.

FOURx2! Dhawan showing his aggressive intent by hitting two glorious boundaries.

Junaid Khan to continue.

IND 22-2 (overs 7)

Just one off the over.

Mohammad Amir to start his new over.

IND 21-2 (overs 6)

Five off the over.

FOUR! Lucky boundary for Yuvraj.

Junaid Khan to start

IND 16-2 (overs 5)

Nine off the over.

Mohammad Amir to start his new over.

IND 7-2 (overs 4)

Maiden from the left-armer.

Junaid Khan to start his new over.

IND 7-2 (overs 3)

What fantastic bowling from the left-armer. Removing Kohli means Pakistan is surely on top.

Mohammad Amir to continue.

IND 4-1 (overs 2)

Just two off the over.

Junaid Khan to start his first over. 

IND 2-1 (over 1)

What a fabulous start for Pakistan. Brilliant bowling from the left-armer.

So it’s Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India, whereas Mohammad Amir to start for Pakistan.

So that’s it from the first session. We will join for the second session.

PAK 338-4 (overs 50)

Nine off the over. Good over for Pakistan.

Kumar to start his final over.

PAK 329-4 (overs 49)

Eleven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 318-4 (overs 48)

Just five off the over.

Kumar to start his new over.

PAK 313-4 (overs 47)

Eight of the over.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 305-4 (overs 46)

Eleven off the over.

Kumar to start his new over.

PAK 294-4 (overs 45)

Sixteen off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Jadhav to start his third over.

PAK 278-4 (overs 44)

Eight off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 270-4 (overs 43)

Just four off the over.

Jadhav to start his new over.

PAK 266-3 (overs 42)

Nine off the over.

Kumar to continue.

PAK 257-3 (overs 41)

Ten off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Jadeja to start his eighth over.

PAK 247-3 (overs 40)

Just one runs and a wicket off the over. Good one for India.

Kumar to start his new spell.

PAK 246-2 (overs 39)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Kedar Jadhav to start his first over.

PAK 239-2 (overs 38)

Twelve off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Pandya to start his new final over.

PAK 227-2 (overs 37)

Eleven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Jadeja to start his new over.

PAK 216-2 (overs 36)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Pandya to continue.

PAK 209-2 (overs 35)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to start his sixth over.

PAK 202-2 (overs 34)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over. Great one for India.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 200-1 (overs 33)

Nine off the over.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 191-1 (overs 32)

Five off the over.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 186-1 (overs 31)

Seven off the over.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 179-1 (overs 30)

Just four off the over. Good one for India.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 175-1 (overs 29)

Just one off the over.

Ashwin to continue.

PAK 175-1 (overs 28)

Eight off the over. Another good one for Pakistan.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 167-1 (overs 27)

Seventeen off the over. The best of the innings so far.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 150-1 (overs 26)

Sixteen off the over, the best one so far for team Pakistan.

Jadeja to start his new over.

PAK 134-1 (overs 25)

Five off the over.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 129-1 (overs 24)

Just one off the over.

Jadeja to start his new over.

PAK 128-1 (overs 23)

Just three runs and a wicket off the over. Good one for India.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 125-0 (overs 22)

Seven off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

FOUR! Azhar Ali hits another boundary fo r Pakistan.

Jadeja to continue.

PAK 118-0 (overs 21)

Four off the over. Good one for India.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 114-0 (overs 20)

Eleven off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Jadeja to start his new over.

PAK 103-0 (overs 19)

Just three off the over.

Pandya to start his new over.

PAK 100-0 (overs 18)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Jadeja to start his new over.

PAK 93-0 (overs 17)

Just three off the over.

Pandya to start his second over.

PAK 90-0 (overs 16)

Ravindra Jadeja to start his first over.

PAK 86-0 (overs 15)

Eight off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya to start his first over.

PAK 78-0 (overs 14)

Four off the over.

Ashwin to start his new over.

PAK 74-0 (overs 13)

Just five off the over.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 69-0 (overs 12)

Six off the over.

Ashwin to continue.

PAK 63-0 (overs 11)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 56-0 (overs 10)

Eight off the over. Another good one for Pakistan.

Ashwin to continue.

PAK 48-0 (overs 9)

Another maiden from the pacer.

Kumar to continue.

PAK 48-0 (overs 8)

Ten off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Ravi Ashwin to start his first over.

PAK 38-0 (overs 7)

Just two off the over.

Kumar to continue.

PAK 36-0 (overs 6)

Nine off the over. Another good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to continue.

PAK 27-0 (overs 5)

Eight off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Kumar to continue.

PAK 19-0 (overs 4)

Twelve off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Bumrah to start his new over.

PAK 7-0 (overs 3)

Just four off the over.

Kumar to start his new over.

PAK 3-0 (overs 2)

Just three off the over.

Jasprit Bumrah to start his first over.

PAK 0-0 (over 1)

It’s a maiden. Brilliant start for the defending champions.

So it’s Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman to open for Pakistan, whereas  Bhuvneshwar Kumar will star for India.

Toss: The news from the center is Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and opt to bowl first.

Pitch report: There is no live green grass on the pitch. This is a fresh and is not being used in the tournament. The pitch looks a little dry. The pitch has plenty of runs in it.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Khalid Javaid
    Jun 18, 2017 - 2:25PM

    Pakistan should have replaced Shadab Khan with Rumman Raees in view of the followings:

    1. India historically is good in combating spin battery.
    2. If needed Mohamed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik & Imad were there to fill the need.
    3. Surface is reported to be hard suitable for pace attack.
    4. Rumman Raees bowled extremely well & could have added to element of surprise for Indian Batting Line as all other bowlers are well known to them.

    Anyway, a victory will hide this lack of courageous decision while in case of the contrary (defeat), the critics will have lot to say on this unfortunate exclusion of a confident, exuberant talent at this high intensity game.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 3:37PM

    That’s the attitude Pakistan. Keep going.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 3:53PM

    Love the way Azhar and Fakhar have taken singles apart from hitting delightful boundaries. Keep going.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 4:12PM

    Azhar run out. Now that was silly.Recommend

  • fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 4:43PM

    Congrats Fakhar on your maiden 100 in 1- day. You were destined for it – sooner or later. Thank you PSL for giving us a gem like Fakhar.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 6:15PM

    339 for India to get. Achievable target. Your turn, Pakistan bowlers.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 6:57PM

    You beauty, Amir.Amir zindabad, Shadab zindabad. Kohli on his way back!Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 18, 2017 - 7:47PM

    Chintu! We’ll make u Pintu and will green u ;). Hope you will never come on Twitter again if you u had even a bit of shame. Recommend

  • Fiz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 7:52PM

    India 54/5 in 13 overs. Am I dreaming? Somebody pinch me, give me a big kick. Unbelievable!Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:09PM

    Hearty Congratulations to Pakistan, well played and very deserving winners. I hate people who give excuses when their team loses because it is unfair to the winning team who won because they played better on the day. The team must not rest on its laurels but learn valuable lessons from the experience and keep improving.Recommend

  • k
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:11PM

    Congratulations Pakistan, you deserve it. Fantastic win

    Best regards;
    A Bhartiya from IndonesiaRecommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:28PM

    I am from India. Pakistan deserved to win. Kohli & Co did not. Ravindra Jadeja needs a thrashing for being selfish.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed rocks.Recommend

  • Sexton
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:45PM

    How good can it get for Pakistan? All I can think of is congratulations. Winning says it all.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:55PM

    In 1992 Nawaz Sharif was prime minister
    Pakistan won World Cup. 25 years down the line it’s again Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan has clinched champion trophy.
    Congratulations Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Jun 18, 2017 - 9:59PM

    Congratulation to Pcb Najam Sethi Micky Arthur and above all prime minister Nawaz Sharif for this huge victory.Recommend

  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Jun 18, 2017 - 10:16PM

    The better team in the end of the day won the match. I am no fan of gili dandy which is played by twelve countries of the world and called a world cup. I prefer hockey and football in this category. Anyways congratulations to pakistan on their maiden champions trophy. We should have a cricket match between nawaz 11 and modi 11 in uae. Lol cheerioRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jun 18, 2017 - 11:43PM

    It is a well deserving win for Pakistan. Congratulations. Recommend

  • Bisma
    Jun 19, 2017 - 12:51AM

    Father declared finally !Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 19, 2017 - 1:44AM

    Pakistan demolished Indians badly.Recommend

  • Pakistani-American
    Jun 19, 2017 - 2:42AM

    Where is Rishi Kapoor now?Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Jun 19, 2017 - 6:02AM

    Congratulations Pakistani team! Keep it up.Recommend

  • Pakistani-American
    Jun 19, 2017 - 6:23AM

    180 runs!Recommend

  • Winner
    Jun 19, 2017 - 7:50AM

    Congratulations…A well deserved victory to cornered tigers…Recommend

  • bharat
    Jun 19, 2017 - 9:30AM

    Congrats Pak ! Recommend

  • israr
    Jun 19, 2017 - 1:48PM

    congrats and weldone to whole paksitani team and nation Pakistan for believing and praying for the teamRecommend

  • Umme aiman
    Jun 20, 2017 - 3:07AM

    Congratulations team pakistan you deserve this match you are the championsRecommend

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