Indian top order collapses in Champions Trophy final

Indian top order collapses in Champions Trophy final

Indian top order collapses in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan knocked India by 180 runs in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

This was the first Champions Trophy title for Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman's 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.

Kohli opted to field first Sunday after winning the toss on a typically good pitch at a sun-drenched Oval.

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

# Fakhar Zaman made most of the reprieve he got from Jasprit Bumrah, went on to slam his maiden ODI ton off 96 balls. Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam threatened to explode before they were claimed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav respectively.

Head coach Mickey Arthur was asked if Pakistan's victory represented his greatest achievement.

It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, with several not necessarily dispatched in the intended direction.

Azhar had to go, with his partner static in the non-striker's crease, after Bumrah pulled off an unexpectedly brilliant stop at midwicket.

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.

India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.

Amir (6-2-16-3) then tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually, the defending champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs.

"I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time".

As I said, you can do little to control when people are going well like that, and we certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn t have anything going our way in that partnership (Zaman-Azhar).

"The whole group kept believing and that's the most important thing. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today".

"We want to be more consistent as a team but we've got a group of young players here that are fantastic and we'll work really hard to keep this momentum".

Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka batsman, praised Pakistan's performance in the final.

They had an unbelievable tournament.

As it turned out, Pakistan had far too many for them.

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall".

"Everyone was saying that Pakistan can't beat India in major tournaments, we did it today in a remarkable manner to change this perception", a jubilant Sarfraz told media.

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