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Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory

Pammachio Corsino | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:04

India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

"Today's win shows that no one is favorite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in worldwide cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan have managed to bounce back in this tournament, defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final.

While India had chased down targets over 340 in ODIs with consummate ease in the past, Mohammed Amir, who missed the England semifinal due to back spasms, made sure India didn't in the all-important final.

Along with senior pro Azhar Ali (58 off 71 balls), Zaman set the platform with a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket and consolidated it further with a whirlwind 72 off 63 balls with Babar Azam (46 off 52).

5 separate ICC titles for Pakistan: they have won the Test Championship mace, World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Under-19 World Cup.

Hasan Ali drew inspiration from his fellow fast bowler to take three wickets and, supported by tigerish fielding which has not always been a feature of Pakistan cricket teams, they bowled out India for 158 to win the trophy for the first time.

Considering it was only the 27-year-old's fourth ODI, having been plucked from Pakistan league cricket by coach Mickey Arthur after impresssing at a talent spotting camp in Lahore earlier this year, it has been a rise as stunning as it seemed unlikely.

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.

'Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan', Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the post-match press conference.


Pakistan have upset the odds by beating India in the final to win the Champions Trophy.

Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India.

Even spinner R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja failed to shine in the crucial final. The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir by Sarfraz. But the run-out Pakistan's openers had pair had threatened arrived when Fakhar's failure to respond to Azhar's call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance.

Around his courageous smash and grab of 114 in 106 balls, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez contributed half centuries as well as Pakistan climbed to an impressive-looking 338-4.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember - not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", said Sarfraz, the wicketkeeper who held the final catch that sparked wild celebrations.

Hafeez played a sensational knock when he hit four boundaries and three sixes in his 37-ball quick-fire innings.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".

Zaman was batting at 3 at that point.

The Indian spinners were absolutely clobbered on the day, as the trio of Ashwin, Jadeja, and part-timer Kedar Jadhav went for 164 runs in 21 overs; Jadhav was the only one of the three to take a wicket.

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