Pakistan v India - Champions Trophy, Final , London

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  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar was once again exceptional with the new ball upfront bowling a probing length consistently, as he gave away just 10 runs in his first spell of five overs.
  • Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali, however took their chances going about scoring runs at a healthy rate as they stitched a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket.
  • India got its first wicket courtesy a mix-up between Azhar and Zaman, which led to the former being run-out for a compact 71-ball 59.
  • Fakhar Zaman rode his luck initially, but went on to score his first century in International cricket smashing 114 in 106 deliveries studded with 12 fours and a six.
  • Hardik Pandya provided the much needed breakthrough dismissing Zaman, with Ravindra Jadeja completing an excellent catch running backwards.
  • Mohammad Hafeez smashed a belligerent 37-ball 57 to provide the late impetus as Pakistan surged to 338 for 4 in its 50 overs, the highest score in this year's Champions Trophy.
  • Mohammad Amir got Pakistan off to a perfect start, first picking up Rohit Sharma for a duck in the first over, then Virat Kohli (5) and soon had Shikhar Dhawan (21) caught behind to leave India tottering at 33/3.
  • It soon got worse for India, as Shadab Khan got into the act with the crucial wickets of Yuvraj Singh (22) and Kedar Jadhav (9) to slide to 72 for 6.
  • Hardik Pandya was at his brutal best, as he smashed a blistering 43-ball 76 studded with four fours and six sixes, before a massive mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja ended his innings.
  • Hassan Ali, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 scalps was once again at it, returning with figures of 3 for 19 in 6.3 overs, as India bundled out for just 158 in 30.3 overs.
  • Ranked eighth in the world, it was a phenomenal victory for the Men in green, as they trounced India by a massive 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.