Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory


Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory

A spectacular bowling attack easily defended a solid total of 338, bowling out India inside of 31 overs for just 158.

Fakhar Zaman hit a spectacular century to propel Pakistan to 338-4 in the scorching south London sunshine.

This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs. The arch-rivals met 10 years ago in the inaugural ICC T20 2007, in which Team India came out victorious.

Imran Khan trapped opener Ravi Shastri for a golden duck and took career-best figures of 6-14 as world champion India was dismissed for 125.

Kashmiri Muslims, who traditionally support Pakistan in cricket, especially against India, took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies.

Team India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another high-voltage clash against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side. Previously it was Australia versus India at Wanderers in 2003.

Akram, who played a crucial role in their sucessful 1992 World Cup campaign-including a hat-trick against England in the final- also praised the team for their performance. Amir, fired up, got Sharma lbw.

# Virat Kohli (5) was the second Indian batsman to be dismissed.

# Amir got rid of Shikhar Dhawan for 21, putting India in a spot of bother at 33/3.

After two awesome overs by Amir, India were seven for the loss of two wickets.

Zaman's figures of 3.3-0-25-0 were ruined only by Hardik Pandya hitting two consecutive sixes.

45 Runs scored by Zaman off R Ashwin, the most runs scored by any batsman off Ashwin in an ODI.

India won the toss and chose to put Pakistan into bat - a decision that turned out to be a bad call.

He was reprieved on three, caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball, and went on to carve, slice and belt his way to a 92-ball century.

Lastly, he also backed his decision of opting to bowl.

# Bhuvneshwar Kumar recorded his 4th maiden in #CT17; no bowler has claimed more (level with J Ball & K Rabada).

Azhar, often criticised for slow-scoring, completed a 61-ball fifty with a single off Ravindra Jadeja and later in the same over Fakhar followed him to the landmark in 60 balls when he cut the left-arm spinner for four through Yuvraj Singh at point. June 18 was special for the sports lovers as India played Pakistan in both hockey as well as cricket. "Congratulations @TheRealPCB How good have they been to watch. thoroughly Deserved it!"

The sixth century in a Trophy final ended in the 34th over with Pakistan at 200-2. Fakhar Zaman joined Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik to achieve this feat. Fakhar was out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square.

Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav followed each other back to the pavilion in quick succession as Pakistan tightened their grip on the proceedings.


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