Champions Trophy: Hardik Pandya Hits Fastest Half-Century In ICC Tournament Finals

Ivan Schwartz
June 19, 2017

Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan - but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India's miserable day.

But before India could even open their account in the chase, Amir got rid of Rohit for a duck. But Amir wasn't done there, as he then got rid of Dhawan in the 9th over of the innings. This is India'sforth Champions Trophy final, and Pakistan's first ever appearance in the same. 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.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had a ideal start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score. India beat Pakistan in their opening game of the tournament by 124-runs, by Pakistan have shown unambiguous signs of revival since then.

Star Sports will be broadcasting a 30-second spot during the final which is expected to cost around 10 million rupees, way more than the usual amount which advertisers pay for Indian shows, said a person involved in buying ads as per a report in Hindustan Times.

The sixth century in a Trophy final ended in the 34th over with Pakistan at 200-2.

The game appeared to be taking a predictable turn when Bumrah seemed to have nicked Fakhar to the keeper in the fourth over.

It was in 2012-13 when India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series when Pakistan came to India and played a three one-day match and two T-20 match series.

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In trying to up the ante, he got out but not before scoring a brilliant 114 off just 108 balls. He scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over.

Fakhar left to a standing ovation and handed the baton to Babar, who saw Shoaib Malik hole out off the economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar before failing to clear the rope himself, caught off Kedar Jadhav at long off.

In an effort to hit a boundary and reach the 50-run mark, Babar Azam played a mistimed shot straight into the Yuvraj Singh's hands and departed with 46 runs to his name in the 43rd over.

The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees - who made his debut in the semi-finals - will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.

Ahead of the big final, the former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted expressing his excitement,"India v Pakistan Final...!"

India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

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