CT 2017 Final: Pakistan wins by 180 runs despite Pandya's blitz
London: In yet another one-sided match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan outplayed India in every department of Cricket to register a memorable 180-run win in the final of the tournament being played at the Oval ground here on Sunday.
India was wrapped up for a paltry 158 runs in 30.3 overs.
Hardik Pandya was the only Indian batsman who created some trouble for Pakistani bowlers with his fiery 76-run inning. He took just 43 balls and decorated his blazing knock with 4 powerful fours and 6 monstrous sixes. He was looking so good at the crease and especially against the spinners that at one point it looked like even if he fails to win it for India, he will bring the match very close while chasing a huge target of 339 runs.
Unfortunately, he got run out following a bad call by Ravindra Jadeja who was acting merely as a spectator at the other end when Pandya was exploiting the Pakistani bowlers.
Before the bombarding by Pandya, it was a fit Mohammad Amir who ripped through India's top order sending Rohit Sharma (0 off 3), skipper Virat Kohli (5 off 9) and Shikhar Dhawan (21 off 22, 4 fours) back to the pavilion when India only had 33 runs on the board.
Amir, who missed the semifinal encounter against England, returned all charged up and after sending Rohit back, got two back to back edges from Virat Kohli, who was dropped on the first occasion by Azhar Ali and was caught on the second chance by Fakhar Zaman.
It was one of the most disappointing batting performances by India in the recent years as only Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh (22 off 31, 4 fours), Pandya and Jadeja (15 off 26) could make it to the double figures.
Apart from Amir, Hasan Ali, who has been Pakistan's most reliable asset this tournament, also claimed three wickets in 6.3 overs giving away only 19 runs. Amir bagged three for 16 in his 6 overs and also bowled two maidens.
Shadab Khan, though, took two wickets but was beaten badly by Pandya as he went for 60 runs in 7 overs. Junaid Khan took one wicket for 20 runs in his 6 overs.
Earlier batting first, Pakistan had piled up a huge score of 338/4 in final 50 overs with the help of some fine performances from Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez and Babar Azam.
A no-ball by Jasprit Bumrah hurt India as badly as 114 runs against Pakistan, as Fakhar Zaman went on to score his maiden ODI hundred after that.
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.
Fakhar Zaman was named man of the match for his fantastic hundred while Hasan Ali received the player of the tournament award for taking 13 wickets in five matches and playing a major role in Pakistan's turnaround in the tournament after a big defeat in the opening match.
All in all, it was a complete Pakistan show at The Oval today as Indians never looked in the contention for the coveted Mini World Cup trophy.
It may be recalled that in the two teams had met each other in a Group B match on June 4 earlier in the tournament, where India had managed to defeat Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L). Today, Pakistan gave a befitting reply of their defeat as after posting a humongous total on the board, their bowlers stepped up and restricted the Indian batsmen to score freely right from the beginning of the match.