Pak­istan trounce In­dia, claim Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

EM­BAR­RASSED BY In­dia in its open­ing match, Pak­istan as­ton­ish­ingly turned the ta­bles on its archri­val to win their Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy fi­nal by a crush­ing 180 runs at The Oval yes­ter­day.

In­dia were the lop­sided 4-9 favourites by English book­mak­ers to win a record third Tro­phy in a record fourth fi­nal, but Pak­istan blew away all pre­dic­tions and ex­pec­ta­tions with a win of stun­ning ease.

Pak­istan, made to bat first for the first time in the tour­na­ment, racked up a fi­nal-record in­nings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run open­ing stand be­tween Fakhar Za­man, who earned his maiden one-day in­ter­na­tional cen­tury with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

In­dia was then routed for 158 in the 31st over.

Pak­istan cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed took the last catch and aero­planed around the pitch with his arms out be­fore he was swamped by team­mates.

In­dia’s top three bats­men – Shikhar Dhawan, Ro­hit Sharma, and cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli – came to the fi­nal hav­ing com­bined for 874 runs, more than 80 per cent of the team’s tally in the tour­na­ment.

But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for five, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tour­na­ment and a can­di­date for this one, was out for 21.

FIT TO PLAY

All three were gone af­ter nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowl­ing by Mo­ham­mad Amir, who was passed fit to play af­ter miss­ing the sur­prise semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Eng­land be­cause of a back spasm. Amir took out all three of In­dia’s premier bats­men, bowled a maiden for fig­ures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his team­mates mopped up.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, in­clud­ing six sixes, but his ca­reer-best slog was stopped when he was run out by team­mate Ravin­dra

Jadeja. Jadeja was out in the next over, as In­dia’s last four wick­ets went for six runs, medium-pacer Hasan Ali tak­ing two of them to ex­tend his tour­na­ment-lead­ing tally to 13.

Pak­istan were the last to

qual­ify for the Tro­phy, the low­est-ranked at eighth out of eight, and writ­ten off af­ter its open­ing loss to In­dia by 124 runs.

But the Pak­ista­nis wrote off that de­feat as an aber­ra­tion.

They beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and host Eng­land to reach their first Tro­phy fi­nal, where only they be­lieved they could end a seven-match, sixyear los­ing streak to In­dia in global tour­na­ments.

AP

Pak­istan play­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing the award cer­e­mony for the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy at The Oval in Lon­don yes­ter­day. Pak­istan won the fi­nal by crush­ing In­dia by 180 runs.

AP

In­dia’s Hardik Pandya plays a shot from the bowl­ing of Pak­istan’s Has­san Ali dur­ing the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy fi­nal.

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