Pakistan- Champions of the Champions
Pakistan won the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. It was their first ever Champions Trophy in a one-sided final affair with their arch rivals India.
Pakistan were underdogs going into the final as India had beaten them comprehensively but had their confidence as they had beaten world ranked no.1 team South Africa and knocked out hosts England.
Losing the toss and put to bat first, chase masters India thought they had everything under control. The opening pair of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman put on a huge 128 run stand. Fakhar Zaman scored his maiden ODI ton, making his debut after the loss to India in the opening match. Cameos by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez made sure Pakistan put up a massive score of 338 with the loss of 4 wickets.
India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early within 3 overs with just 6 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh tried to get things going for India once again by getting starts but losing their wickets too. Hardik Pandya showed some resistance by scoring 76 of just 43 balls. India were wrapped up for just 158 losing the match by 180 runs. Mohammad Amir ripped apart the Indian Top order by taking the priced wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
Pakistan won the tournament even though being the bottom most ranked team among all the teams showing how cricket can be a sport which is very hard to predict.