Pakistan Shocks to win Champions Trophy in India

Champions Trophy bragging rights for 2017 belong to Pakistan, as they crushed archrivals India in a final that no one expected.

They won by 180 runs at the Oval.

India, the former title-holders, were set 339 to win before collapsing to three for 333 and five for 54 against a Pakistani side that they had beaten by 154 earlier in June.

Fakhar Zaman was the featured batsman, hitting for 114. It was the left-handed opener’s maiden tone in ODI play, coming in only his fourth match at this level.

Bowler Mohammad Amir, holding the new ball, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs, even though he just recently returned from back spasms that had held him out of Pakistan’s eight-wicket semifinal win over the Poms.

One of the other Pakistani pacemen, Hasan Ali, was the player of the tournament for his leadership in reviving Pakistan in a group-win over South Africa. He ended the match with over 19 overs to spare by catching India tailender Jasprit Bumrah.

Amir was very nearly banned from the game in 2010 for his role in a spot-fixing incident during a Test against England at Lord’s.

He was superb against India, dismissing three of the top ODI batsmen in the world, those being Rohit Sharma at nought, India Captain Virat Kohli at five and Shikhar Dhawan at 21.

India’s collapse continued when India left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind by Sarfraz.

MS Dhoni, who had formerly captained India and has rescued them from more than one sticky situation, could not stop India slide.

Pakistan had lost all three of their matches against India in knockout stages of ICC tournaments, was the lowest ranked of the eight Champions Trophy teams.

Hardik Pandya was a bright spot for the hosts, hitting three consecutive sixes en route to a flashy fifty, but that was not enough to overcome the collapse.