India vs Pakistan : Finals: 2007 T20 world cup finals, J’burg: India defeated Pakistan by 5 runs. A decade after, 2017 Champion Trophy Finals, London: Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs. It is like redemption with interest. Nevertheless, a tragic end to India’s CT journey and a wonderful redemption of Pakistan as a team. The snapshot of the Finals :
- Winning toss and putting Pakistan to bat, the start wasn’t good for India. Pakistan’s first wicket fell at 128. That meant they had got the start they wanted. Fakhar Zaman (Man of the match – 114) , the new found talent for the Men in green, got lucky when Bumrah over-stepped on a delivery which Fakhar had no answer to. But after that, it was his game to assail.
- Once the openers were dismissed, it was Babar Azam(46) and Mhd. Hafeez(57) who took the charge and boy, Hafeez hit the bowlers out of the park. Pakistan capitalized on the start they wanted and posted a mammoth 338/4 on board. That meant, they had a very good chance to win the contest.
- Indian bowling looked very dis-oriented especially spinners. The selection of Ashwin came under scanner as he went for wicket-less 70 runs in 10 over. Pandya was brilliant with ball and so was Bhuvi and thanks to them, they pulled back little bit, still Pak posted the highest total in the history of CT finals.
- Batting had to good and openers had full license to come out with all guns blazing and they did exactly the opposite. Reduced to 54/5, India was never in the chase and the feared was taken place. THE FAMOUS INDIAN BATTING COLLAPSE. Pandya tried to save some respect with his fluttering 76 off 43. Apart from him, all the batsman couldn’t even stand for long, handling a loss by 180 runs, biggest loss for a team in an ICC tournament final.
- 2003 World Cup Final flash back were in the backdrop as India kept on losing wickets one by one. Amir was lethal with ball and he was the one who did the maximum damage. The famous top 3 fell to him cheaply. Dhoni threw his wicket and Yuvraj was caught by a plump ball. Jadeja would be scolding himself for that run out of Pandya and tail-enders followed the predecessors.
- Due credit must be given to Pakistani fielders. Must admit, there was a sharp contrast between the team that played against India in the first match and the team that played here. The performance was several notches up and cannot negate the fact that over-confidence killed India.
So that brings us to the end of the tournament. We hope you liked our coverage. A post tournament review coming up soon. Till then, keep reading, keep sharing
- Man of the Match- Fakhar Zaman
- Man of the Tournament- Hasan Ali
- Golden Ball – Hasan Ali (13 wickets)
- Golden Bat – Shikhar Dhawan (338 runs)
Pic credits: ICC World