Pakistan thrashes India by 180 runs to claim ICC Champions Trophy


LONDON: Pakistan thrashed archrival India by 180 runs in a thriller to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title at London’s Oval ground on Sunday.
The turn around came in just 14 days as Pakistan, so humiliated in their 124-run defeat against India in the first game, trounced the same opponent in the final by a big 180 runs.
Pakistan set a daunting 339-run target for India, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all out at 158 runs in the 31st over.
For India, Hardik Pandya remained the top-scorer with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan Ali in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja. Pandya scored 54 runs off 32 balls.
Left-arm fast Muhammad Amir kicked off Pakistan’s bowling attack, taking three crucial early wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan set a daunting target of 339 for the loss of four wickets for India to chase down ─ the team’s second-highest total against India. A 128-run opening partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali set the mood for the first inning, with Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racking up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52.