The right Pakistan turned up to contest defending champions India in the all-important final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. Pakistan, who entered the eight-team tournament ranked eighth, thrashed arch-rivals India by 180 runs to grab the prestigious trophy from their neighbours.
Here’s a look at some of the notable moments from the final.
India were targeting Fakhar Zaman on his body to cramp him for room outside the off. Bowling the first ball of his second over, Jasprit Bumrah bowled an odd delivery outside the off-stump that worked in India’s favour as it took an edge before depositing into MS Dhoni’s gloves. Umpire Marais Erasmus went upstairs to recheck the Indian pacer’s front foot and it turned out to be a no-ball. The no-ball proved costly. Zaman, then batting at three off seven balls, struck his maiden ODI hundred that allowed Pakistan their highest score of 338 against India batting first.
Pakistan pulled off a Pakistan in space of two balls during Mohammad Amir’s second over. Azhar Ali put down a regulation catch of the number one ranked batsman of the format in slips on the third ball of the over. But it didn’t do much damage as Shadab Khan plucked a blinder at point on the next ball as the king of run-chase fell early in the piece. The Indian skipper managed just five from nine balls as India were reduced to six for two.
Playing on arguably the biggest stage, Shadab Khan’s assurance brought Pakistan the crucial wicket of Yuvraj Singh. Brought into the attack in the 13th over, Shadab had the veteran left-handed batsman trapped LBW but umpire Richard Kettlebrough was of the opinion that the ball had met the bat before hitting Yuvraj’s leg. Shadab was in action right away and forced his captain to review the decision. The on-field umpire latter overturned his decision.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya gave the Indian fans something to cheer as he hit four fours and six sixes in his 43-ball knock. The peak of his innings came in the 23rd over when he struck Shadab for three back to back sixes on the first three balls of the over. He struck a four on the fifth ball as he looked to threatened to take the game away from Pakistan. He might have, had a mix up between him and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t get him run-out.