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Batting first, Pakistan scored 338 for 4 wickets in 50 overs, with great knocks by Hafeez and Zaman

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi  June 18, 2017 Last Updated at 21:41 IST

The glorious Indian batting line-up crumbled for 158 runs in 30.3 overs as the Pakistani team performed in a spectacular manner on Sunday at London’s Oval ground to clinch their maiden title. 


was the last Indian cricketer who was sent back to the pavilion by Hasan Ali. 


While the Indian batting order stumbled, Hardik Pandya tried to put up a brave front and scored his second ODI fifty. However, he was run out for 76 runs. 


Kedar Jadhav was dismissed in the last delivery of 17th over, and was sent back to the pavilion for four runs. Earlier, Shadab Khan scalped for 22 runs in the 13th over.


sent back to the pavilion for a duck in the first over and conceded only two runs. He removed Kohli (5) and (21) in the third and ninth overs, respectively. 


Put in to bat first by India skipper Virat Kohli, who had won the toss and elected to field, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan side capitalised on the opportunity to set a massive target of 339 for India to chase in the final tie. 


Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman gave their side a solid start, with the former scoring 59 and the latter 114 – a partnership of 128 runs. While Ali was run out by in the 23rd over, Zaman went on to become the first Pakistani player to score three consecutive fifties in an ICC event.


In the last leg of the innings, Mohammad Hafeez scored a quick-fire 57 runs off 37 balls to help his team score the big total.


For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped Shoaib Malik (12), Hardik Pandya sent Zaman back in the 34th over, and Kedar Jadhav removed Babar Azam (46) in the 43rd over.


In a dramatic twist earlier on in the innings, Zaman had nearly been dismissed as he was nicked a bouncy ball from and the ball was neatly pouched by wicket-keeper M S Dhoni. However, it emerged in replays that Bumrah had overstepped the crease and delivered a no-ball.


For this important game – the first international match since 2007 where arch-rivals India and Pakistan are clashing in the final of a tournament – India have kept their line-up unchanged from the previous match, while in the Pakistani side pacer Rumman Raees has been replaced by


On each of the last five outings together, including the much-hyped 2015 World Cup clash in Adelaide, Pakistan has choked under pressure. Interestingly, captain Kohli has not only been a member of the playing 11 for India in each of these five matches, he has also been the man of the match on three of these occasions.


However, statistics and records apart, this match is all the more important for India because it is playing to defend its title. For Pakistan, on the other hand, it is the first time that they have made it to the finals in a tournament.


While India would look to replicate their past performance to put up a great chase, Pakistan would try all their bowling might in the second innings to upset India’s hopes.

Pakistan claims maiden Champions Trophy title; Kohli’s boys fail to chase

Batting first, Pakistan scored 338 for 4 wickets in 50 overs, with great knocks by Hafeez and Zaman

Batting first, Pakistan scored 338 for 4 wickets in 50 overs, with great knocks by Hafeez and Zaman

The glorious Indian batting line-up crumbled for 158 runs in 30.3 overs as the Pakistani team performed in a spectacular manner on Sunday at London’s Oval ground to clinch their maiden title. 


was the last Indian cricketer who was sent back to the pavilion by Hasan Ali. 


While the Indian batting order stumbled, Hardik Pandya tried to put up a brave front and scored his second ODI fifty. However, he was run out for 76 runs. 


Kedar Jadhav was dismissed in the last delivery of 17th over, and was sent back to the pavilion for four runs. Earlier, Shadab Khan scalped for 22 runs in the 13th over.


sent back to the pavilion for a duck in the first over and conceded only two runs. He removed Kohli (5) and (21) in the third and ninth overs, respectively. 


Put in to bat first by India skipper Virat Kohli, who had won the toss and elected to field, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan side capitalised on the opportunity to set a massive target of 339 for India to chase in the final tie. 


Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman gave their side a solid start, with the former scoring 59 and the latter 114 – a partnership of 128 runs. While Ali was run out by in the 23rd over, Zaman went on to become the first Pakistani player to score three consecutive fifties in an ICC event.


In the last leg of the innings, Mohammad Hafeez scored a quick-fire 57 runs off 37 balls to help his team score the big total.


For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped Shoaib Malik (12), Hardik Pandya sent Zaman back in the 34th over, and Kedar Jadhav removed Babar Azam (46) in the 43rd over.


In a dramatic twist earlier on in the innings, Zaman had nearly been dismissed as he was nicked a bouncy ball from and the ball was neatly pouched by wicket-keeper M S Dhoni. However, it emerged in replays that Bumrah had overstepped the crease and delivered a no-ball.


For this important game – the first international match since 2007 where arch-rivals India and Pakistan are clashing in the final of a tournament – India have kept their line-up unchanged from the previous match, while in the Pakistani side pacer Rumman Raees has been replaced by


On each of the last five outings together, including the much-hyped 2015 World Cup clash in Adelaide, Pakistan has choked under pressure. Interestingly, captain Kohli has not only been a member of the playing 11 for India in each of these five matches, he has also been the man of the match on three of these occasions.


However, statistics and records apart, this match is all the more important for India because it is playing to defend its title. For Pakistan, on the other hand, it is the first time that they have made it to the finals in a tournament.


While India would look to replicate their past performance to put up a great chase, Pakistan would try all their bowling might in the second innings to upset India’s hopes.


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