Cricket: Pakistan snatches Champions Trophy from India

PKonweb Report (Updated): Defying the odds of expectation, Pakistan has defeated India to snatch the coveted Champions Cricket Trophy 2017 in Oval. India was bundled up for 158 runs in 30.3 overs. Online Poll in Pakistani newspaper Dawn”s website until an hour before the match ended, showed almost 65% of the pollsters — out of 31,000, had said India would win.

True, odds were stacked up in favor of India, according to many commentators. But where analysis fails, miracles happen — specially if the resolve to win exists with clockwork teamwork, team spirit, character and goal focus. That’s what shone today on Pakistan team thus drycleaning its hiatus from the Champs Club.

Pakistan piled up 338 for 4 in their stipulated 50 overs against the defending champions in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

India needed 339 runs to beat Pakistan at a required run rate of more than 6.76. Pakistan had established a run rate of 6.76.

Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman scored an unbeaten 114 – his maiden century and the first Pakistani batsmen to score a century in ICC ODI tournament final.

Pakistan with their bowlers, and their mid-innings wiles, should be able to defend this. But India have the stronger batting on paper, and the pitch is a belter, so it’s still anyone’s game, wrote Tim de Lisle, The Guardian’s cricket commentator.

“And it will be settled by a contest between two irresistible forces – India’s batsmen and Pakistan’s bowlers.”

Earlier, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first against Pakistan at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Confident Pakistani skipper vowed to put a good score on the board saying hopefully we can post more than 300.

Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday´s semi-final at Birmingham´s Edgbaston.

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday´s impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning.

Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day international debut with two wickets against England.

India´s lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world´s top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.

Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events.

Pakistan and India fans are united in their love for the game

Witnessing the clash of neighbors is South Asia analyst Michael Kugelman — he’s watching the game of cricket for the first time. He tweeted: ”

Michael Kugelman @MichaelKugelman Just hours from first pitch (first bowl?), I’m ready to roll. Expect some tailender-quality cricket analysis. #KugelmanKaCricket #IndVsPak

Scenes from the Oval…

Why Indian fans outnumber Pakistan fans in #ChampionsTrophyFinal, explains @Roznama_Express ​ sports editor @saleemkhaliq #PAKvIND

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS

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