Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan break ICC tournaments jinx against India

first_imgPakistan finally got the better of India in an ICC match since 2009 when they beat the Virat Kohli-led side by a massive 180-run margin to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title.Pakistan reached the final of the elite tournament for the first time since its inception in 1998.Put into bat, Pakistan rode of a brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman (114) and twin half-centuries by Azhar Ali (59) and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) to post a mammoth 338/4 in 50 overs.In reply, India’s chase never took off and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohammad Amir rattled the famed Indian top order before Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali chipped in with crucial breakthroughs.Pakistan last won against India at an ICC in the 2009 edition of the Champions Trophy. However, India maintained an upper-hand since that loss to win in all the ICC events matches, including the tournament opener at the Edgbaston.The victory also helped Pakistan better their head-to-head record against India to 3-2 at the Champions Trophy and 13-3 overall. But the Men in Blue continue to lead in World Cups and World Twenty20s 11-0.India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series since 2012-13 and have met only in ICC events.Fakhar shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unleashed a barrage of attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground to give Pakistan real hope of upsetting the defending champions.Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.advertisementBabar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament who lost heavily to India in the group stage.Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the perfect platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.Babar chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history to lift the trophy for the third time.last_img read more