Pakistan the ICC Champion: beat India by 180 runs

ICC Champions 2017

widenews desk: Pakistan wins the ICC Champions Trophy beating India by 180 runs.  Fakhar Zaman carried Pakistan to 338 for 4. Then, Mohammad Amir removed India’s top three in the first nine overs. Eventually, Pakistan cruised to a 180-run rout to claim the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan scored 338 for 4 and India packed up by 158 within 30.3 over. Margin of victory for Pakistan is the highest for any team in an ICC tournament final. Previously it was Australia versus India at Wanderers in 2003.

In Pakistan innings, Fakhar Zaman scored 114 where Azhar 59 and Hafeez unbeaten 57. On behalf of India only notable scorer was Hardik Pandya for 76.

Fakhar Zaman honored Man of the Match, after he made a dazzling maiden hundred to set Pakistan on their way to 338 for 4. Hasan Ali received the Golden Ball, as leading wicket-taker. Shikhar Dhawan picked up the Golden Bat, for leading run-scorer.

Hasan Ali is also named Player of the Tournament. He voiced, “A year ago I wasn’t in the side but I worked hard and believed in myself, and thankfully gave a good performance. Been learning since the start that if your body has energy you can perform well. I was very calm, no pressure on me, and thankfully I did well in all our games. This was a great tournament for me, dismissed some top players. Very special to take the final wicket to take the last wicket that won us the tournament, very special for me and I will definitely remember that.”

India captain Virat Kohli congratulated Pakistan saying- “they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day”.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed expressed, “After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and know we have won the final. Fakhar is a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion. All credit goes to my bowlers, Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid, Hafeez, they bowled really well. It’s a young team, credit goes to my boys, and this tournament can be a great booster for us. Now we are champions. It’s a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us.”

Pakistan team shows predictably unpredictable brilliance. They have pulled off one of the great tournament wins, their first Champions Trophy victory, first global title since the 2009 World T20 and first in 50-overs competition since the 1992 World Cup.

They came into the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world, but set about upending all form and predictions to claim the trophy. Sarfraz Ahmed has led superbly over the last four games, lead the celebration on the outfield, those left in the ground are proudly holding Pakistan flags upward.


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