Dhaka, Sat, Jun 2017
18 June 2017,Sunday, 19:10
Pakistan has made 338 for the loss of four wickets a cracking first inning of the high-octane nail-biting Champions Trophy final being played at London's Oval ground on Sunday.
Pakistan has set a 339 run target for India, the second highest total posted by Pakistan against India.
Muhammad Hafeez who 57 runs in the last thee overs kept getting beaten by the Indian bowling attack in the final few overs.
In an effort to hit a boundary to reach the 50 run mark Babar Azam played a mistimed shot straight into the Yuvraj Singh's hands and departed with 46 runs to his name in the 43rd over.
Shoaib Malik left the field after Kedhar Jadhav caught him playing a mistimed shot over the mid-off in the 40th over.
Fakhar departed for 114 runs, just a couple of balls after 200 came up for Pakistan in the 33rd over. The opener reached his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over.
In the 23rd over, Babar Azam replaced Azhar (59) who returned to the pavilion after a mix up with Fakhar resulted in a run out on Ashwin's delivery.
The 128-run opening partnership between Fakhar and Azhar Ali helped bolster green shirts' overall total.
The opening pair broke two records, one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs) and the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.
The last instance of Pakistan openers adding more than 100 for the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003.
Pakistan saw back-to-back fifties for Azhar and Fakhar in the 20th over, that yielded 114 runs, as the two showed great form by consistently rotating strike and hitting sporadic boundaries.
The team had a firm grounding with 56 runs on the board off the first 10 overs as the two openers scored from both sides, ramping up the pressure on the Indian side.
Azhar smacked the fist six off the innings off Ashwin in the eighth over after he and Fakhar made themselves at home on the pitch.
The game appeared to have taken a predictable turn when Bumrah seemed to have nicked Fakhar to the keeper in the fourth over, but a replay revealed the bowler had overstepped the crease, and it was ruled a no ball.
12 runs came off the high-yielding fourth over, which featured two boundaries, two no-balls and a wide ball, as Pakistan stood at 19 runs with the loss of no wickets.
Pakistan is sporting just one change, as expected, with Muhammad Amir replacing Rumman Raees.
The Indian lineup remains unchanged.
In Champions Trophy history 2013 has been the only edition in which the team batting first won the final. The other 5 finals have been won by the chasing team.
Head to head the record is in favour of India against Pakistan in all ICC tournaments. However, the last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 also in a Champions Trophy match.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (w + c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah.
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