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Pakistan vs India, Final at London, , Jun 18 2017 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Final, The Oval, June 18, 2017, ICC Champions Trophy
(30.3/50 ov, T:339) 158

Pakistan won by 180 runs

Player Of The Match
114 (106)
Player Of The Series
13 wkts
Full commentary

5.35pm: The Pakistan players have got their white jackets on, the trophy is being passed around among them, the green-clad faithful are revelling in the stands. Never mind Panicstan, they were Pukkastan today - pure, passionate and pretty much perfect. Let "Dil Dil Pakistan" ring out across The Oval, the underdogs have walked off top dogs, having etched another epic tale into the annals. The fans don't get to watch their heroes play international cricket at home - but I hope plenty of inspiration is flooding across the airwaves and Twittersphere as I type. I'll leave you with Fidel Fernando's report on Pakistan's "diamond-studded, galactic-scale nonsense" and thanks from myself and Al. It was a glorious, jazba-filled pleasure to commentate on. That's it for the 2017 Champions Trophy, it's been a helluva fortnight. See you all for 2021 in India? Cheerio!

5.15pm: Time for the presentations, Nasser Hussain with the mic. We'll start with the Man of the Match, which is Fakhar Zaman after he made a dazzling maiden hundred to set Pakistan on their way to 338 for 4. Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, picks up the Golden Bat, for leading run-scorer... and then it's Hasan Ali's turn to come up and receive the Golden Ball, as leading wicket-taker. And Hasan is also named Player of the Tournament... Unfortunately my Urdu isn't good enough to relay what he said but the Pakistan fans in the crowd seem chuffed. Ah, here's a translation from Danyal: "A year ago I wasn't in the side but I worked hard and believed in myself, and thankfully gave a good performance. Been learning since the start that if your body has energy you can perform well. I was very calm, no pressure on me, and thankfully I did well in all our games. This was a great tournament for me, dismissed some top players. Very special to take the final wicket to take the last wicket that won us the tournament, very special for me and I will definitely remember that."

India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments. This is what happens in sport. We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, whose knock was outstanding. [Bumrah no-ball?] Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forwards and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths but weren't good enough."

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "After the India [group] match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final. [Fakhar innings?] He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan. All credit goes to my bowlers, Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid, Hafeez, they bowled really well. It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us. We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions. It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us."

5pm: How about that for predictably unpredictable brilliance? Pakistan have out-Pakistaned themselves to pull off one of the great tournament wins, their first Champions Trophy victory, first global title since the 2009 World T20 and first in 50-overs competition since the 1992 World Cup... They came into the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world, took a hammering (from India) in their first match, then set about upending all form and predictions to claim the trophy. South Africa were stunned in the rain, in what was effectively a knockout; Sri Lanka were overcome despite a wobble, in what was effectively a knockout; England were dispatched with aplomb in what was definitely a knockout; and then India, the great rival, the pedigree 50-over side, one of the pre-tournament favourites - well, India were simply demolished. Sarfraz, who has led superbly over the last four games, leads the celebration on the outfield, those left in the ground are proudly holding Pakistan flags aloft. South London is truly a green and pleasant land right now.

Here's Rizwan Shahzad: "Can't stop tears everybody. Stand up for the champions"

"Lesson learned! Play to your strength," says Abhijit. "Wish India had chosen to bat first! Nevertheless, many congratulations Pakistan!"

"Congratulations to our neighbours," chimes in Kunal. "We played bad today and deserved to lose, while you played very well! Would've loved a close game though."

"I think the Man of the Series should go to Thisara Perera for dropping Sarfraz!" chuckles Silva

Saif: "From whether they would even qualify for CT to winning it that's the Spirit of Color Green for Pakistan"

"I hope NO Ind captain EVER chooses to 'bowl first' again in a major tournament final," huffs Rohan. "Ganguly was afraid of the Aus firepower in '03 but today was just arrogance from Kohli. How can they not know Pak's track record of chasing anything over 250? Scoreboard pressure is everything in major finals and the last thing you want to do is give that confidence to Pak bowlers"

"Incredibly happy for Pakistan!" hoots Raj. "And also for cricket...because ultimately today's game showed that good bowling is what ultimately wins you matches in an era where batsmen hold all the cards."

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, OUT

dug in, flapped into the air, Sarfraz tears forward and leaps to claim the catch that wins Pakistan the Champions Trophy! Hasan, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, crowns victory with his third and Pakistan haven blown India away by 180 runs!

Jasprit Bumrah c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 10m) SR: 11.11
Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

full outside off, comes forward and dinks a drive to mid-off

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

length ball, defended on off stump by the dogged Bumrah

"Fireworks started in our area in Karachi," reports Sam

end of over 302 runs
IND: 158/9CRR: 5.26 RRR: 9.05
Jasprit Bumrah1 (6b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar1 (8b)
Junaid Khan 6-1-20-1
Hasan Ali 6-1-19-2
Junaid to Bumrah, 1 run

short of a length and flipped away to the leg side for one

"What's the biggest defeat margin in finals by runs?, being curious." We're in record territory, Ceeba

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

slogged into the air, swirling towards extra cover... clears the infield, just!

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

full and Bhuvnesh crunches a drive along the carpet to mid-off

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

bangs in the short ball, climbing through over the ducking batsman

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

full outside off, Bhuvnesh has a little flirt but fails to connect

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

Junaid arrows the ball into the channel, Bhuvnesh steps out and defends

"Dance has started on roads here in Pakistan. Can i send a vid? Lol" You certainly can, anwaar. We'd love to see 'em

end of over 29Wicket maiden
IND: 156/9CRR: 5.37 RRR: 8.71
Jasprit Bumrah0 (5b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar0 (3b)
Hasan Ali 6-1-19-2
Junaid Khan 5-1-18-1
Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

pushes a length ball away once more, staving off the inevitable for another over

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

fullish, again Bumrah blocks doughtily

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

gets into line and defends on off stump

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

back of a length and fizzing through as Bumrah pokes at it

Hasan Ali to Bumrah, no run

slips in the full ball on off, Bumrah keeps it out

Last man, Jasprit Bumrah. You can hear them warming up their celebrations in Lahore and Karachi... Pakistan are so close to the ultimate come-from-behind victory, having been battered by India in their opening match of the tournament

Hasan Ali to Ashwin, OUT

Hasan gets another, nicked to the keeper! Sarfraz comes charging up in celebration as the umpire sends Ashwin on his way... Shortish outside off, draws a little fiddle from the batsman and the men in green explode again

Ravichandran Ashwin c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 33.33
end of over 282 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 156/8CRR: 5.57 RRR: 8.31
Bhuvneshwar Kumar0 (3b)
Ravichandran Ashwin1 (2b)
Junaid Khan 5-1-18-1
Hasan Ali 5-0-19-1

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Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

angled across the right-hander, 139kph/86mph in the corridor, Bhuvnesh leaves it alone

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

fired across the bows, good pace - maybe a touch of reverse? - left alone

Junaid to Bhuvneshwar, no run

pitched up around off stump, gets into line to block

Bhuvnwesher Kumar in at No. 10 on a burning deck

Junaid to Jadeja, OUT

slashed to slip, Pakistan are two away! Jadeja falls on his sword, having impaled Pandya in the previous over, first wicket for Junaid thanks to a sharp catch at wide-ish slip

Ravindra Jadeja c Babar Azam b Junaid Khan 15 (26b 0x4 0x6 41m) SR: 57.69
Junaid to Ashwin, 1 run

angled across the right-hander, who steers this behind point for a single

"Sach.. that day sewag was run out same happened Here," parps upul. Indeed he was

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