Friday marked four years since Pakistan redirected India to the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. Fakhar Zaman was the hero of Pakistan’s incredible triumph, scoring 114 with 106 balls.
Addressing the official Twitter account on Friday, Fakhar Zaman celebrated the occasion and wrote:
“A day to remember through the ages. Nursing day. A day to feel proud. We still haven’t gotten over it, neither of us, and I’ll never believe it. # CT17 # Champions. ”
Fakhar Zaman was lucky in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, as he was caught behind Jasprit Bumrah no-ball in the fourth overtime. He continued to force Bumrah and India to pay, breaking 12 fours and three sixes in an incredible knock.
Azhar Ali (59), Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) and Imad Wasim (25 not out), all inserted while Pakistan released the mammoth 338 for 4, hitting first in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.
Most Indian bowlers returned with expensive figures. Bumrah passed without a breakthrough and missed 68 runs in his nine reversals. Ravichandran Ashwin accepted 70 in his ten, while Ravindra Jadeja received 67 in eight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44) was the most economical of the Indian bowlers that day.
India collapsed under pressure in the 2017 Champions Trophy final
The Indian team had a striking firepower to chase the target. But they failed to move and they failed. Rohit Sharma (0), captain Virat Kohli (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) fell into the scam of Mohammad Amir (3/16) while India fell to 33 for 3.
The goalkeepers kept falling after that, as Yuvraj Singh (22), MS Dhoni (4) and Kedar Jadhav (9) also failed to make an impact. Striker Hardik Pandya gave India hope with his brilliant move. However, his inning ended in an unfortunate way, as he ran out of 76 out of 43 after a terrible shootout with Jadeja.
India was eventually cleared by 158 in 30.3 overs. Apart from Amir, Hasan Ali (3/19) stood out with his performance in the finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
India entered the finals as favorites, bypassing Pakistan in 124 races in the group match, but came the cropper that day which is the most important.
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