Pakistan’s opening batsman Fakhar Zaman said the 2017 Champions Trophy final win over India is fresh in his mind and will remain a day to be remembered for a long time.
Friday marked the end of four years since Pakistan beat India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. Fakhar Zaman was the hero of Pakistan’s incredible triumph, scoring 114 balls out of 106.
Fakhar Zaman went to his official Twitter account on Friday celebrating the occasion and wrote:
“A day that will be remembered for a long time. A day to fall in love with. A day to be proud. I still haven’t gotten over it, neither of us, and I’ll never believe it. # CT17 #Champions. “
Fakhar Zaman had lucky reprieve in the 2017 Champions Trophy final when he was caught behind a Jasprit Bumrah No-Ball in the fourth over of the inning. He went on to make Bumrah and India pay by smashing 12 fours and three sixs in one fabulous blow.
Azhar Ali (59), Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (57 not off) and Imad Wasim (25 not off) all helped when Pakistan scored a mammoth 338 for 4 in the 2017 Champions Trophy final.
Most Indian bowlers returned with expensive figures. Bumrah went wicketless and received 68 runs in his nine overs. Ravichandran Ashwin took 70 in his ten, while Ravindra Jadeja took 67 in eight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44) was the most thrifty of the Indian bowlers that day.
India collapsed under pressure in the 2017 Champions Trophy final
Team India had the firepower to pursue the goal. But they didn’t get going and lagged far behind. Rohit Sharma (0), Captain Virat Kohli (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) all fell into Mohammad Amir’s ruse (3/16) when India collapsed to 33 for 3.
After that, the wickets continued to fall, as Yuvraj Singh (22), MS Dhoni (4) and Kedar Jadhav (9) also showed no effect. The hard-hitting batsman Hardik Pandya gave hope to India with his fiery stroke game. His innings ended unhappily, however, as he was dropped for 76 out of 43 after a terrible mix-up with Jadeja.
India was finally cleaned up for 158 in 30.3 overs. In addition to Amir, Hasan Ali (3/19) also stood out with his performance in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017.
India moved into the final as favorites after beating 124 runs behind Pakistan in the group game but winning on the most important day.
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