Pakistan Wins ICC Champions Trophy for the First Time

Pakistan Wins ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan wins ICC Champions Trophy for the first time. The final match was played against traditional rivals India at The Oval Cricket Stadium in London.

The Pakistan cricket team has finally managed to win the ICC Champions trophy by beating India in the much anticipated final. This was the first time Pakistan reached the final of an ICC Champions Trophy while India came this far for the fourth time.

India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 17: India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of tomorrow’s final at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

After winning the toss, Virat Kholi put Pakistan to bat first on a pitch that was being considered batting friendly. Pakistani openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali put a 128-run partnership to give its team the start they were looking for. A misunderstanding between the pair led to Azhar Ali being run out on 59. Fakhar Zaman continued his knock and struck his first ever ODI century. He was dismissed on 114. Babar Azam (46) and Mohammad Hafeez (57) helped Pakistan reach 338 before they run out of the overs.

Fakhar Zaman century
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman celebrates reaching his 100 during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammad Amir started with the huge wicket of Rohit Sharma in his first over followed by India skipper Virat Kohli. In his third over, he caught behind Shikhar Dhawan in the hands of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav couldn’t even get to the double figures and were dismissed by Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan respectively. Yuvraj Singh was able to make 22 before Shadab Khan.

Hardik Pandya did some resistance with his quick 76 off 43 before he was run out.

Match Summary:

Pakistan – 338/4 50/50 ov RR: 6.76

India – 158 30.3/50 ov RR: 5.18

Imran Hunzai
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  • Mehek Naz

    this was a wonderful match.