Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan celebrates his century in the ICC Champions Trophy Final on Sunday.
Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule.
These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.
“The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed”.
Chasing 339, India’s top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan.
It was the culmination of an impressive tournament from Pakistan who improved as the tournament went on after their poor opener against India.
Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez has dedicated Sunday’s stunning ICC Champions Trophy victory over India to the Pakistani public. I have a smile on my face because I am very proud of the boys.
Pakistan was cruising at 0-128 in the 23 over with Azhar on 59, when he was involved in a farcical mix-up with opening partner Fakhar Zaman.
“They had to earn their win, credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments”.
“As a bowler and as a captain when that is happening … sometimes you have to sit and say “the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything”. The last time Pakistan won a major 50-over ICC tournament was also during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, when Imran Khan led his team over England in the 1992 final at Melbourne, Australia.
India Captain Virat Kohli said that his team would “take (the defeat) on the chin and move on”. We knew we’d prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.
The South African-born mentor wants his team to get some structure and become more consistent as they came into this tournament as the lowest-ranked side.
Pakistan finished on 338 having lost four wickets, their second highest ODI score against India. You have to understand whether you made the batsman hit where you wanted him to hit and take a risk, or you have bowled a bad ball.