Champions Trophy final: India win toss, elect to field first

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

Pakistan's opening partnership of 128 between Azhar Ali and Zaman was instrumental as they put up a big score.

India managed just two more runs before the final wicket sparked wild scenes in South London. Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan in the final. "We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament", he said.

13 wickets scalped by Hasan Ali, the joint-most in single edition of Champions Trophy along with Jerome Taylor in 2006. The right-armer was also adjudged as the player of the tournament. From there Mickey Arthur's side lost some of their momentum but still finished on 338-4, leaving India by far the highest chase in a Champions Trophy final.

But the rest of the much acclaimed Indian batting line-up staged a spectacular collapse and were reduced to 72/6 in the 17th over.

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn't waste the great start.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable.

Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in worldwide matches.

India was never in the hunt with the bat, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both back in the sheds within 16 balls to leave the innings in tatters at 2-6.

Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

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A miss-hit, however, sent Zaman back to the pavilion.

Pandya looked to be the one Indian player timing the ball well and he had cleared the rope no less than six times before miscommunication with Ravi Jadeja saw him run out for a quickfire 76.

By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a terrible mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted. Five miles down the road on Sunday, his spellbinding work with the ball hurried Pakistan to a surprise victory over India, their greatest rivals, in the final of the Champions Trophy.

Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

What did the winning captain Sarfraz Ahmed say?

"Today's win shows that no one is favourite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in global cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi. Pakistan did their best to build on the start. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Virat Kohli won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first worldwide century.

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