Pakistan 338 for 4 (Zaman 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*) beat India 158 (Pandya 76, Amir 3-16, Hasan 3-19) by 180 runs
Zaman slammed 12 fours and three sixes during his 106-ball 112, laying the platform for Pakistan to amass 338 for 4 and leave India with a tall order in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali’s fifties at either end of the innings provided the necessary support as India’s bowling came undone.
India’s reply was as good as done even before they had reached 15 overs. Rohit Sharma was trapped in front in the very first over, while Kohli and Dhawan followed soon after. Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni were out to Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali respectively as the challenge petered out, and the result turned into a foregone conclusion.
Time for the presentations, Nasser Hussain with the mic. We’ll start with the Man of the Match, which is Fakhar Zaman after he made a dazzling maiden hundred to set Pakistan on their way to 338 for 4. Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, picks up the Golden Bat, for leading run-scorer… and then it’s Hasan Ali‘s turn to come up and receive the Golden Ball, as leading wicket-taker. And Hasan is also named Player of the Tournament… Unfortunately my Urdu isn’t good enough to relay what he said but the Pakistan fans in the crowd seem chuffed. Ah, here’s a translation from Danyal: “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: “I want to congratulate Pakistan, 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, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments. This is what happens in sport. We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn’t show any resistance apart from Hardik, whose knock was outstanding. [Bumrah no-ball?] Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forwards and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths but weren’t good enough.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “After the India [group] match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final. [Fakhar innings?] He’s a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan. 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, this tournament can be a great booster for us. We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions. It’s a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us.”