Pakistan recalls historic win over India in ICC Champions Trophy final

The margin of victory was the largest by any team in the final of an ICC ODI tournament in terms of runs. Former Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who led the team to victory posted a small clip of Pakistan cricket team lifting the Champions Trophy after defeating India.

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Pakistan is reminiscing the historic win against India in the final match of Champions Trophy in 2017. Pakistan cricket team defeated India to win its first Champions Trophy three years back.

The players are now recalling and celebrating their significant win against arch-rivals India at The Oval stadium in the UK. Former Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who led the team to victory posted a small clip of Pakistan cricket team lifting the Champions Trophy after defeating India. He enjoyed the moments with other team players in the post-match ceremony. Sarfaraz Ahmed also posted a video of his son Abdullah recalling the final match of Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, Hassan Ali posted his pictures of receiving the awards from the legendary former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting and Indian cricketer Saurav Ganguly.

Pakistani cricket fans and social media users posted small videos of exciting moments from the match. It was the most unpredictable win of the Pakistani team against the opponent Indian team.

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was the eighth ICC Champions Trophy. Top eight cricketing teams participate in the tournament. The ICC Champions Trophy held in England and Wales from 1 to 18 June 2017. Pakistan won the Champions Trophy for the first time with a 180-run victory over India in the final at The Oval. The margin of victory was the largest by any team in the final of an ICC ODI tournament in terms of runs.

Pakistan steered towards victory in ICC Champions Trophy final

Pakistan opted to bat first in the first innings of Champions Trophy final. The team put up a massive total of 338/4 in their 50 overs. Fakhar Zaman got a second chance when Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him, however, the delivery turned out to be a no-ball. He went to score a blazing 114 from 106 balls. Azhar Ali (59 runs and Mohammed Hafeez (57) took the score to greater heights.

Following a great display of batting, now Pakistani bowlers had the task to blew up the Indian batting line-up with their lethal bowling attack. Defending a huge total, fast-bowler Mohammed Amir broke the back of Indian batting line-up and returned with match figures of 3/16.

The strong and otherwise aggressive batting line up of the Indian side flunked against the blistering bowling attack of Pakistani bowlers. None of the Indian batsmen could sustain its grip on the crease to steer India towards victory.

Other bowlers too chipped-in with wickets but Amir proved himself a nightmare for the batsmen as he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli.

The struggling Indians at one point were 72/6. But all-rounder Hardik Pandya braced up to put a good fight and brought some stability in the middle order batting line-up. He managed to score 76 runs from 43 balls.

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However, he failed to get any support from the other end as he continued to stagger and tried to lessen the margin of defeat. His confident batting, along with some application from Ravindra Jadeja, gave India some hopes. But a mix up between the two meant dashed the hopes of victory for the Indian team.  The triumph of Pakistan against India was unexpected and unanticipated.

Cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan

The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world. The strained diplomatic relationships and conflict originated during the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947. Moreover, the Indo-Pakistani Wars, and the Kashmir conflict also intensified sporting rivalry between the two nations.

The two sides first played cricket in 1952, when Pakistan toured India. Political factors canceled several planned tours. Cricket remained suspended between 1962 and 1977 due to two major wars in 1965 and 1971 and the 1999 Kargil War between India and Pakistan. Moreover, the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks also disrupted cricketing ties.

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Tickets for matches between India and Pakistan at international competitions are in high demand. Some 800,000 people wanted to buy tickets for the 2019 Cricket World Cup meeting between the two sides.

The two sides have played a total of 199 times. Pakistan has won 86 matches compared to India’s 70 victories. In Test matches and ODIs Pakistan has won more matches than India. Although India has won six of the eight T20 International between the two sides.

India has a better record in ICC tournaments. However, Pakistan is yet to win a match in either the World Cup or T20 World Cup in meetings between the two sides. In the Champions Trophy, however, Pakistan has won three of the five meetings against India, including the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Final.

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