Pakistan convincingly downed India by 180 runs on Sunday to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday. India were outplayed in all departments by their arch-rivals.
This tournament has largely been batsmen dominated with almost every match witnessing a century.
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman blew India away with his brilliant century while other batsmen like Joe Root, Shakib Al Hasan, were among others to hit match-defining knocks to ensure their respective team’s progress in the tournament.
We look at the top match-winning knocks of the concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Fakhar Zaman (114 runs, vs India)
His spectacular century set up Pakistan’s first ODI title win in 25 years. Fakhar didn’t play the first game against India and made his ODI debut against South Africa at the expense of the out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad.
Coming into the final, Zaman had scores of 31, 50 and 57 in his previous three matches of the tournament.
Zaman took the Indian bowlers to the cleaners, especially Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. After getting a reprieve early on 3 after he was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball, he went on to hit a ton to ensure Pakistan posted a huge total of 338 runs.
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He hammered Ashwin and Jadeja for 78 runs combined. His overall innings included 12 fours and three sixes which translates to 66 runs in boundaries.
He hit his maiden one-day international hundred in just his fourth appearance at an average of 63.
Joe Root (133*, vs Bangladesh)
Joe Root played the perfect anchor with a career-best, unbeaten 133 to carry England to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener.
The England No 3 walked in when England were 6 for 1 in the third over while chasing the 305 for 6 set by Bangladesh in the Group A game.
His second century of 2017 was studded with 11 fours and a six. Earlier, in the year Root had scored a magnificent 101 against West Indies at Bridgetown in March.
He combined well with Alex Hales (95) for a 159-run second wicket partnership, and then another century-run stand with skipper Eoin Morgan to take England home.
Shakib Al Hasan (114), Mahmudullah (102*) vs New Zealand
It was a match to remember for Bangladesh as this was a come from behind win. Chasing 266 set by New Zealand, Bangladesh were reduced to 33 for 4. But the stunning turnaround was scripted courtesy Bangladesh’s highest stand for any wicket in ODIs between centurions Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah who added 224 runs.
They notched up a stunning 5-wicket win over New Zealand in their last group match. This match was a must-win for them in order to stay alive in the tournament.
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Shakib confirmed his status as the top allrounder in world cricket with an almost run-a-ball 114; Mahmudullah finished not too far behind, hitting 102 not out off 107. Shakib hit 11 fours and one solitary six while Mahmudullah hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his innings.
Rohit Sharma (123*, vs Bangladesh)
India were up against a resurgent Bangladesh in the semi-final clash but Rohit Sharma had other plans for the Bangla Tigers. Rohit brought up his first hundred of this tournament and his 11th overall.
Rohit opened India’s innings after Bangladesh managed 264 for 7 in their 50 overs. His innings included 15 fours and one six.
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The Mumbai opener, who has been in good form in this Champions Trophy, started India’s run chase with a brisk opening stand of 87 runs off 88 balls with Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 46.
Sharma performs well against the Bangladesh team especially in ICC tournaments. In the 2015 World Cup, Rohit Sharma scored a match-winning 137 off 126 balls at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Rohit’s innings was full of grace with some exquisite, well-timed stroke plays. He looked more at comfort despite his hamstring issue.
With an array of strokes at his disposal, the Mumbai batsman easily found the gaps and fed off the pace given to him by the Bangladesh pacers Mustafizur and Mashrafe Mortaza.