Pakistan clinch ICC Champions Trophy beating India

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, June 18: Pakistan clinch the ICC Champions Trophy defeating its arch-rival India by 180 runs in the thrilling final at London’s Oval ground on Sunday.

Pakistan set up a daunting 339-run target for India, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all out at 158 runs in the 31st over.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

Pandya was followed by Yuvraj Singh and Shikhar Dhawan, who racked up 22 and 21 runs respectively before being dismissed.

This is the greatest number of wickets India has lost at the end of 14 overs since Jan 2013 in a 50-over game.

Left-arm fast Muhammad Amir kicked off Pakistan’s bowling attack, taking three crucial early wickets.

Two overs into the match, opener Rohit Sharma succumbed to a LBW, whereas skipper and heavy-hitter Virat Kohli was caught out by Shadab Khan.

Dhawan was caught out by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed at the tail end of the 9th over, and Shadab Khan took Yuvraj Singh’s wicket in the 13th over in an LBW appeal led by Sarfaraz which was initially ruled not out by the umpire.

MS Dhoni was caught by Imad Wasim off a delivery by Hasan Ali, whereas KM Jadhav was caught out by Sarfaraz.

Jadeja left the field after Babar caught him at the widish slip, marking Junaid Khan’s first wicket in the 28th over.

Ravichandran Ashwin was caught out by Sarfaraz off a delivery by Hasan Ali.

A fearless century from opener Fakhar Zaman and a late hitting from middle order led Pakistan to 338 for the loss of four wickets after they were asked to bat first. Kohli’s decision to bowl first proved ineffective as Pakistan openers shared a 128-run stand.

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to put Pakistan in to bowl first. The green shirts set a daunting target of 339 for the loss of four wickets for India to chase down ─ the team’s second-highest total against India.