Player of the Match
Player of the Match
128dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

New champions: Zaman, Amir and Pakistan raze India for title

Fakhar Zaman carried Pakistan to 338 for 4. Then, Mohammad Amir removed India's top three in the first nine overs. Eventually, Pakistan cruised to a 180-run rout to claim the Champions Trophy

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Fakhar Zaman
114(106) 12x4 - 3x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
16 5 14 7 24 27 13 8
HH Pandya
76(43) 4x4 - 6x6
Control %100%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 23 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
4 0 0 6 9 10 36 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Amir
O6.0
M2
R16
W3
Eco2.66
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Hasan Ali
O6.3
M1
R19
W3
Eco2.92
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Alan Gardner

5.35pm: The Pakistan players have got their white jackets on, the trophy is being passed around among them, the green-clad faithful are revelling in the stands. Never mind Panicstan, they were Pukkastan today - pure, passionate and pretty much perfect. Let "Dil Dil Pakistan" ring out across The Oval, the underdogs have walked off top dogs, having etched another epic tale into the annals. The fans don't get to watch their heroes play international cricket at home - but I hope plenty of inspiration is flooding across the airwaves and Twittersphere as I type. I'll leave you with Fidel Fernando's report on Pakistan's "diamond-studded, galactic-scale nonsense" and thanks from myself and Al. It was a glorious, jazba-filled pleasure to commentate on. That's it for the 2017 Champions Trophy, it's been a helluva fortnight. See you all for 2021 in India? Cheerio!

5.15pm: Time for the presentations, Nasser Hussain with the mic. We'll start with the Man of the Match, which is Fakhar Zaman after he made a dazzling maiden hundred to set Pakistan on their way to 338 for 4. Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, picks up the Golden Bat, for leading run-scorer... and then it's Hasan Ali's turn to come up and receive the Golden Ball, as leading wicket-taker. And Hasan is also named Player of the Tournament... Unfortunately my Urdu isn't good enough to relay what he said but the Pakistan fans in the crowd seem chuffed. Ah, here's a translation from Danyal: "A year ago I wasn't in the side but I worked hard and believed in myself, and thankfully gave a good performance. Been learning since the start that if your body has energy you can perform well. I was very calm, no pressure on me, and thankfully I did well in all our games. This was a great tournament for me, dismissed some top players. Very special to take the final wicket to take the last wicket that won us the tournament, very special for me and I will definitely remember that."

India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments. This is what happens in sport. We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, whose knock was outstanding. [Bumrah no-ball?] Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forwards and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths but weren't good enough."

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "After the India [group] match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final. [Fakhar innings?] He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan. All credit goes to my bowlers, Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid, Hafeez, they bowled really well. It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us. We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions. It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us."

5pm: How about that for predictably unpredictable brilliance? Pakistan have out-Pakistaned themselves to pull off one of the great tournament wins, their first Champions Trophy victory, first global title since the 2009 World T20 and first in 50-overs competition since the 1992 World Cup... They came into the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world, took a hammering (from India) in their first match, then set about upending all form and predictions to claim the trophy. South Africa were stunned in the rain, in what was effectively a knockout; Sri Lanka were overcome despite a wobble, in what was effectively a knockout; England were dispatched with aplomb in what was definitely a knockout; and then India, the great rival, the pedigree 50-over side, one of the pre-tournament favourites - well, India were simply demolished. Sarfraz, who has led superbly over the last four games, leads the celebration on the outfield, those left in the ground are proudly holding Pakistan flags aloft. South London is truly a green and pleasant land right now.

Here's Rizwan Shahzad: "Can't stop tears everybody. Stand up for the champions"

"Lesson learned! Play to your strength," says Abhijit. "Wish India had chosen to bat first! Nevertheless, many congratulations Pakistan!"

"Congratulations to our neighbours," chimes in Kunal. "We played bad today and deserved to lose, while you played very well! Would've loved a close game though."

"I think the Man of the Series should go to Thisara Perera for dropping Sarfraz!" chuckles Silva

Saif: "From whether they would even qualify for CT to winning it that's the Spirit of Color Green for Pakistan"

"I hope NO Ind captain EVER chooses to 'bowl first' again in a major tournament final," huffs Rohan. "Ganguly was afraid of the Aus firepower in '03 but today was just arrogance from Kohli. How can they not know Pak's track record of chasing anything over 250? Scoreboard pressure is everything in major finals and the last thing you want to do is give that confidence to Pak bowlers"

"Incredibly happy for Pakistan!" hoots Raj. "And also for cricket...because ultimately today's game showed that good bowling is what ultimately wins you matches in an era where batsmen hold all the cards."

30.3
W
Hasan Ali to Bumrah, OUT, dug in, flapped into the air, Sarfraz tears forward and leaps to claim the catch that wins Pakistan the Champions Trophy! Hasan, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, crowns victory with his third and Pakistan haven blown India away by 180 runs!

JJ Bumrah c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 1 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

30.2
0
Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run, full outside off, comes forward and dinks a drive to mid-off
30.1
0
Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run, length ball, defended on off stump by the dogged Bumrah

"Fireworks started in our area in Karachi," reports Sam

END OF OVER:
30 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 158/9 (181 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 9.05)

  • JJ Bumrah1 (6b)
  • B Kumar1 (8b)
  • Junaid Khan6-1-20-1
  • Hasan Ali6-1-19-2
29.6
1
Junaid Khan to Bumrah, 1 run, short of a length and flipped away to the leg side for one

"What's the biggest defeat margin in finals by runs?, being curious." We're in record territory, Ceeba

29.5
1
Junaid Khan to Kumar, 1 run, slogged into the air, swirling towards extra cover... clears the infield, just!
29.4
0
Junaid Khan to Kumar, no run, full and Bhuvnesh crunches a drive along the carpet to mid-off

Big Win!!

180

Margin of victory for Pakistan - Highest for any team in an ICC tournament final. Previously it was Australia versus India at Wanderers in 2003.

Poor Start

5

Most wickets lost for India at the end of 14 overs since Jan 2013 in a fifty over game. Their previous lowest has been 4 wickets on six different occasions.

Champions Trophy Centuries

3

Number of batsmen to score a century for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. Fakhar Zaman joined Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik to achieve this feat.

Long time coming

2003

Last instance of Pakistan openers adding more than 100 for the first wicket in two consecutive matches. This is only the second instance outside Asia.

Chasing to Glory

2013

The only edition in which the team batting first won the Champions Trophy final. The other 5 finals have been won by the chasing team.

India Favourites?

13-2

Head to Head record in favour of India against Pakistan in all ICC tournaments. The last time Pakistan beat India was in the 2009 Champions Trophy

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
ENG33061.045
BDESH31130.000
AUS3012-0.992
NZ3021-1.058
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
INDIA32141.370
PAK3214-0.680
SA31220.167
SL3122-0.798