A brilliant hundred from Fakhar Zaman has led Pakistan to a 180-run win over India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.
It is the first time the country has won the tournament, and is the first piece of International silverware they have claimed since 2009.
India won the toss and sent their rivals Pakistan into bat, this was a decision they would eventually come to regret.
The innings got off to a shaky start with Zaman appearing to be dismissed in the fourth over. However, upon an umpire’s review it was shown that Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah stepped over the mark.
Azhar Ali and Zaman regathered and managed to piece together a great total for Pakistan. They put on 128 before the former was dismissed in a running mix-up for 59. Babar Azam then came to the crease and helped the total to 200.
Zaman’s innings, despite starting poorly, was an impressive mixture of both aggression and class. He hit 15 boundaries on the way to his 114 off 106 balls. He was finally removed after Ravindra Jadeja took an excellent catch off of a rash stroke.
A quickfire 50 from Mohammed Hafeez helped the total to well over 300. The innings coming to an end after 50 overs, Pakistan amassing 4/338.
It was a tough day for the Indian bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best of them finishing with figures of 1//4 from 10 overs.
Batting second, and chasing a massive total, Virat Kohli’s men needed to get off to a great start. It didn’t happen. Mohammed Amir picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma with the third ball of the innings.
The Indian batting display sadly did not reach great heights, as they were all dismissed for just 158 off 30.3 overs.
Hardik Pandya was their best with bat, scoring almost half of his team’s score with 76 runs. Kohli, and MS Dhoni both failed with the bat, scoring just five, and four respectively.
Mohammad Amir was excellent with the ball taking 3/16 off just six overs. He removed the top three of the innings, and basically took the game away from India.
Hasan Ali also bowled well, he managed figures of 3/19 off 6.3 overs and finished the game off.
Fakhar Zaman was rightfully awarded player of the match, while Hasan Ali was named player, and leading wicket-taker of the tournament. India’s Shikhar Dhawan claimed the golden bat as leading run scorer.