Pakistan thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
June 14, Cardiff: Beat England by 8 wkts – Hasan, in the absence of the injured Amir (back spasm) produces a superb skilled display in taking three wickets as previously unbeaten tournament hosts England are dismissed for 211.
Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side – which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 – was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth worldwide innings.
Pakistan’s rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.
The final flourish was provided by veteran Mohammed Hafeez (57 off 37) with help of four boundaries and three sixes.
“We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly”, added the South African after Pakistan’s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England.
Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan – but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India’s miserable day.
Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep. “They had an wonderful tournament”. Zaman’s hundred, a landmark he reached with a fearless sweep off a straight ball, led Pakistan to their best batting performance of the decade, allowing their bowlers to enjoy the rare absence of pressure.
“It’s a great team effort. We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely”, Kohli said. We didn’t take them lightly.
India was seven wickets down after scoring 154 runs as Pakistan was eyeing victory and on a verge of creating history in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval on Sunday.
The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003.
He was caught behind having scored just three but was reprieved because Jasprit Bumrah overstepped for a no-ball.
“Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was incredible”, Kohli said.