CT 2017 Final India vs Pakistan: Lucky Fakhar Zaman powers Pak to 338/4
London: A no-ball by Jasprit Bumrah hurt India as badly as 114 runs in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against Pakistan at The Oval here on Sunday, as the underdogs piled up a huge score of 338/4 against the defending champions.
Bumrah got opener Fakhar Zaman caught behind on the first delivery of the fourth over when Pakistan had only 8 runs on the board. But unfortunately for India it was a front-foot no-ball. After getting the extra life in the crucial encounter, Zaman went on to score his maiden ODI hundred. He got out after adding 114 runs off 106 deliveries and smashed 12 fours and 3 sixes.
He also added 128 runs for the first wicket with Azhar Ali (59 off 71, 6 fours, 1 six), who got out following a fine fielding attempt by Jasprit Bumrah. The partnership set up the stage for a huge total and the Pakistani batsmen made the most out of it.
They worked on a fantastic strategy of not letting Indian spinners – Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin – settle down and start attacking. Jadeja went for 67 runs in his 8 overs while Ashwin conceded 70 runs in his 10 overs. They both remained wicket-less today.
Babar Azam also played a crucial 46-run inning off only 52 deliveries and also hit 4 boundaries during his stay at the crease. He got out to Kedar Jadhav while trying to play a big shot. Shoaib Malik failed once again trying to take on Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He scored 12 runs off 16 deliveries with one six.
Mohammed Hafeez played a major role in escalating Pakistan's total in the slog overs as he smashed 57 runs off 37 balls, hitting 4 fours and 3 sixes. Surprisingly, Pak skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed promoted Imad Wasim over himself. Imad also scored 25 runs off 21 balls with a four and one six.
Jasprit Bumrah also went very expensive giving away 68 runs in his 9 overs and could not bag any wickets. Hardik Pandya was impressive in his 10 overs as he gave 53 runs for a wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was exceptional in his 10 overs. He only bowled in the first powerplay (first 10 overs) and during the last 11 overs, but still was hit for only 44 runs and also managed to get a wicket with two maidens.
It surely is going to be a huge task for India to chase down such a great total in front of a flamboyant Pakistani bowling attack. So, stay ready for some intense action after the innings break when India comes in to present the chase of 339 runs.