They came! They fought! They conquered!
It was 18th June, Sunday! The stands of the Oval, London were filled with Blue & Green colours, to watch the epic battle of the Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan. Men in Green after losing the first game to India were ready to lock horns once again. Sarfaraz Ahmed lost the toss, and Pakistan were forced to bat first on a hard deck of The Oval. Few gave a thought that they would be bowled out cheaply once again, but the team had other plans.
Spectators sitting in the stadium and around televisions watched the mixture of talent and luck that day. Several run-out chances went in favour of them, sloppy fielding from the Indians gave them extra runs and NO-BALL from Jasprit Bumrah on which he took Fakhar Zaman, would remain unforgettable for years to come.
The unorthodox shots by Fakhar Zaman and a sensible batting from Azhar Ali forced India to stay on the backfoot for the first hour and a half. Then, the late strikes from Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim helped Pakistan to set a huge total on the board. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who usually come out at number 5 or 6, decided to send Imad Wasim in a crucial game, which surprised everyone. All thanks to the big total of 338 runs that didn’t affect them later on.
The Chase Master of India (Virat Kohli) was first dropped in slips in the 3rd over and was sent back to the pavilion by Mohammad Amir on the very next ball. No other batsman apart from Hardik Pandya showed a fight as he himself was involved in a controversial run-out by Ravindra Jadeja.
The Finale was full of improbable stuff, but at the end, it was Pakistan who showed class and became the ‘Champions’ by beating the Champions.