Spirited Pakistan beat arch-rival India to lift Champions Trophy 2017 Cup

Champions Trophy 2017 winner Pakistan

After 194 runs defeat in the league match, Pakistan beat the arch-rival and defending champions India to lift Champions Trophy Cup. Pakistan team got their playing XI combination right and perfectly responded to coach Mickey Arthur. The eighth-ranked team rises to occasion to lift ICC Champions Trophy Cup.

Virat Kohli, Indian captain won the toss and elected to bowl first. His decision was quickly proved wrong when Pakistan opener added 128 in 23 overs. Azhar Ali was run out but Fakhar Zaman carried his impressive Champion Trophy form to score his maiden ODI century. He top-scored with 114 runs off 106 balls. In the end, Mohammad Hafeez scoring at 154.05 strike rate scored 57 off 37 balls which helped Pakistan to propel to 338 after 50 overs.

Mohammed Amir rocked the Indian chase as he removed Rohit Sharma for a duck in the first over of the Indian inning and then dismissed Virat Kohli with a scintillating bowling performance.

Amir extended his spell to bowl a cross-seamer to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan as India was reduced to 33 for 3 in 9 overs. India’s chase was hit back as 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan caught Yuvraj Singh leg before wicket(lbw) in the 13th over and in the next over Dhoni top-edges to Imad, the deep square leg fielder. Reeling at 55 for 5, Indian Cricket team feared the worst ever defeat on a big occasion.

Hardik Pandya who fought against Pakistan bowling line-up to score 76 off 43 balls but once he was dismissed, Pakistan fast bowlers quickly wrapped up remaining wickets to lift the Champions Trophy. In the end, India was all out for 158 as Pakistan win by 180 runs to lift the cup. Mohammad Amir picked 3 for 16 and then Hasan Ali 3 for 19.