Everyone knows that cricket match is full of surprises but what happened yesterday was unbelievable. Pakistan cricket was having a tough time before the beginning of ICC Champions Trophy. No one ever thought that Pakistan could show something amazing like this. Yesterday what Pakistan did against India in Oval it was beyond imagination. They got a chance to play in the Champions Trophy by staying in the last position of the required ranking.
Pakistan played their first match against India. On that particular match, India dominated from the first to last of the game and defeated Pakistan. India didn’t just win the match they changed the momentum of Pakistan team.
After having a lot of trouble, Pakistan just turned around and kept playing like a champion. One by one they defeated Sri Lanka, South Africa and got the ticket of the semi-final. They kept surprising their supporters and fans. In the semi-final, they knocked out favorite England by defeating them.
The final match of any ICC tournament is always a hot topic to everyone, but when two finalist teams are Pakistan and India, then it just turned into a battle between two neighbor countries. Entire cricket playing nations were waiting for the CT 2017 final match.
From the very beginning of the final game, young Pakistani players were showing their magic. The new sensation Fakhar Zaman’s Century made the main difference. By the end of the first innings, Pakistan managed to score a mammoth total of 338 runs. Fakhar played fantastic innings and scored 114 runs.
The opening partnership between Azhar and Fakhar was indicating a big score, and that exactly happened with them. Both of them were running with a perfect rhythm and confidence. The opening partnership broke when team’s score were 128 runs.
Middle order batsmen also showed their responsibility and never gave up. All of them were playing only to give a huge target to the opponent team. Indian bowlers tried their best to pick up wickets early, but players of Pakistan never let them do that. One by one they came on the field and played their best to make their team Champion for the first time.
India got the target of 338 runs to chase from 50 overs. Virat Kohli’s team is always good at chasing targets, but when it is a match ICC tournament’s final, then it is always a big pressure for any team. India lost their very first wicket of the opener Rohit Sharma in the very first over of their innings.
Mohammad Amir was the man who gave a huge blow to the batting line up of India. In his second over he took another wicket, and it was the most important wicket. Virat Kohli was the batsman of that time. He got an extra life after being dropped, but luck doesn’t work every time. In the very next ball, he caught out by Shadab Khan and Amir struck again.
India lost top five batsmen within 54 runs. Mohammad Amir took three wickets. Hardik Pandya tried a bit to recover the Indian innings, but it was too late. India lost all of their wickets within 158! After playing only 30.3 overs, Indian players gave away the match.
Once again Pakistan’s confidence made them the champion. When the players of Pakistan stay with full of confidence, then it is always difficult for any team to beat them. Exactly it happened once again yesterday. Team India just surrendered to Pakistan. For the first ever Pakistan becomes the champion of ICC Champions Trophy. Without any doubt, it is a significant achievement for Pakistan cricket team.