18th June 2017, Sunday
The finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was one of the thrilling matches the cricketing world ever has watched. Pakistan and India, the conflicting rivals by birth, faced each other at the iconic Oval stadium. Team India, that stepped in the field with the assurance of a victory over Pakistan. The stadium was full of Indian fans who were chanting with the slogans such as “Moka Moka” lashing at Pakistani fans as the Men in Green faced a humiliating defeat against the Men in Blue in the group match.
Sarfaraz’s leading side chose to answer Kohli’s leading side wisely and stepped in the ground with confidence. India won the toss and lost the match that is still remembered in both the nations and was an answer to India of being overconfident creating mocking advertisements.
The match could possibly have been handed over to India if Bumrah had not delivered a no-ball to Fakhar Zaman.
It could have haunt toe crusher for a long time. Fakhar Zaman, at English conditions, scored his maiden century against India and keep on knocking with the bat crushing India’s bowler until he reached 114.
Azhar Ali (59), Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (57), Shoaib Malik (12), and Imad Wasim (25) contributed to putting up a bit difficult target. In short, everyone played their part for the well-deserving and unforgettable victory of Pakistan.
The Pakistani pacers did well in English conditions as Hassan Ali was awarded man of the tournament award as well as the remarkable performance of M. Amir in the finals. Amir picked three massive wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikar Dhawan, who if not get grabbed earlier, can be poisonous elements for their opponents.
It seems like each and every Pakistani player was confident enough for their victory. Who can forget the LBW appeal by Shadab Khan for Yuvraj Singh? Although it was not the turning point of the match it showed the concern and stamina of the players that day probably.
Pakistan lost a total of 4 wickets only and summed up a target of 339 for the opponents. It could have been easily chased but Men in Green did exceptionally well with the ball. Kohli’s leading side got trashed at a lower score of 158 in 30.3 overs. Unfortunately, it could have been 82 all out if Pandya, the all-rounder could haven’t score aggressive 76.
The end can never be forgotten when Hassan picked his third wicket and Bumrah got out. The delighted Pakistani fans were chanting with enchant whereas, the Indian crowd was absolutely silent.
The final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017: A tribute to Pakistani players
That was the glimpses of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 for you summed up in an article.
- Report by: Zainab Shafiq