India put Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss. After a steady start, Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali went hard at the Indian bowlers. They brought up century partnership for the second consecutive time in the tournament. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: ভারতকে কাঁদিয়ে চ্যাম্পিয়ন পাকিস্তান]
The pair added 128 runs in 23 overs. Azhar was run out scoring 59 runs off 71 balls with 6 fours and a six. Fakhar didn’t threw his wicket away before his century. He made another crucial partnership of 72 runs with Babar Azam.
Fakhar brought up his maiden ODI hundred in just 92 balls. He was dismissed by Hardik Pandya for 106-ball 114 runs hitting 12 fours and 3 sixes. He was lucky enough when he nicked one to the keeper off Jasprit Bumrah in the fourth over. But that was a front-foot no-ball which proved very costly for India.
Babar made handy 52-ball 46 runs with 4 fours. Pakistan were going at over six runs per over throughout the innings and kept accelerating. They posted 338 for 4 on board in 50 overs. It is the highest total for Pakistan against India batting first.
Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim out on unbeaten 71-run stand. Hafeez slammed 57* off 37 balls including 4 fours and 3 sixes. Imad scored 25 off 21.
Like Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took one wicket each.
India, the team which dominated with the bat throughout the tournament, were dragged down to serious trouble by Pakistan. Mohammad Amir sent back Rohit Sharma (0), Virat Kohli (5) early. Soon, he dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 21.
India were three wickets down for 33 runs in 9 overs. They were in even more trouble when they lost Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.
Hardik Pandya was still strong as he brought up his half-century in 32 balls by hitting Shadab Khan for three consecutive sixes in the 23rd over. This is the fastest fifty in any ODI world tournament. After being 72/6, he and Ravindra Jadeja added 80 runs. Pandya smashed 76 runs from 43 deliveries hitting 4 fours and 6 sixes. He was trapped in a run out.
Pakistan bowled India out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs to seal a 180-run victory. This is their third title victory in ICC global tournaments. Hasan Ali, who took three wickets, sent back Bumrah to finish things off.
Pakistan 338/4 in 50 overs (Fakhar 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*, Kedar 1/27)
India 158 allout in 30.3 overs (Pandya 76, Yuvraj 22; Amir 3/16, Hasan 3/19)
Result: Pakistan win by 180 runs
Man of the Match: Fakhar Zaman (114)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com