DHAKA, June 18, 2017 (BSS) - A blitzkrieg 114 by Fakkar Zaman enabled Pakistan to pile up a mammoth 338 for 4 against India in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday at Oval, London.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the coveted toss and invited Pakistan to bat first but to his surprise the wicket at the oval looked a placid wicket where Pakistan batsmen hardly were troubled as they scored runs at their own sweet will.
The highlight of their innings is the century by Fakhar Zaman who struck a 106-ball 114. The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali wa run out on 59.
Hafeez scored blazing unbeaten 57 from 37 balls while Babar Azam also contributed with an important 46. Imad Wasim was not out at 25.
So if one wants to analyze the first part of the match, Pakistan's suspect batting line-up has given their bowlers now given a great chance to pull this one off. However, if there is a team that can chase such a total down, it is India.
Indian camp must be ruing Bumrah's no-ball. How much has that hurt them? Fakhar Zaman, not a 100%, almost didn't play, and takes off from that no-ball reprieve to go on and score 114 off 106. These totals have been chased in the past, but not in the finals.
Never, in fact, in any ODI final. Is cricket ready to take that next step? Pakistan bowlers will have a thing or two to say in the negative when India's star studded batting are expose to a test of a life time. Virat have a fire power to do while Pakistan is equipped with bowlers who so far has been most successful in this meet.