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ICC Champions Trophy: 5 reasons why India lost to Pakistan in the final tie

The beginning of the end for India came right with the call to field first after winning the toss

Kumar Akash  |  New Delhi 

Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Winners
Pakistan players celebrate during the award ceremony for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval in London. Pakistan turned the tables on India to win the final by crushing its arch-rival by 180 runs.

The hopes of more than a billion Indians seemed to have come a cropper on Sunday when their national team was handed a humiliating by in the final match of Champions Trophy, 2017. Played at the Oval in London, the match saw crumbling in their chase of 339 runs and getting bundled out for a lowly 158.

Worse, the debacle for – their biggest margin of in an ICC tournament yet – came in their first clash with in a summit match since 2007. Before this, India’s 125-run to Australia in the 2003 World Cup final, at Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium in South Africa, had been their most crushing

While it was embarrassing for India, the emotions on side were those of jubilation that comes with unexpected triumph. At the 8th spot in ODI rankings, were the lowest-ranked team at the beginning of 2017. But the way they downed the favourites like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England, and finally India, will be remembered by cricket enthusiasts for a very long time.

Among the most spectacular takeaways from Sunday’s game were the phenomenal opening spell by left-arm pacer and the brilliant maiden century by Fakhar Zaman, besides sublime field performance by Sarfraz Ahmed’s boys.

Jay Speaks: India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017 final
Here are five turning points in the match that took the game away from India:

1. The toss: Banking on India’s recent record of successfully chasing down big targets, skipper opted to put in to bat first. This, it turns out, would have been a good toss to lose for India, as captain also said he, too, would have elected to field if he had won the toss.

“We wanted to bowl first. But the toss is out of our control. Hopefully, we can post more than 300,” he said.

2. Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball: opener had been caught behind the stumps by wicket-keeper M S Dhoni for three, but it appeared in replays that had overstepped the crease to deliver a no-ball, even as Fakhar had already begun his walk back to the pavilion, his bat tucked under his arm.

Zaman went on to score big and provide the much-needed thrust for to score big; the delivery turned out to be an 'expensive no ball'.

3. Mohammad Amir’s sharp bowling: Pakistan's pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who returned to the team after missing the semi-final versus England due to a back injury, proved instrumental in breaking the backbone of India’s chase. Once vilified for his alleged role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, which even led to him to prison in London, was at his best in his spell.

He removed three of India's top batsmen — Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). 

4. Virat Kohli’s failure to click: Indian captain Kohli had come into the match with an astonishing batting average, having scored 253 runs in this year's and being dismissed only once in four matches before Sunday.

When he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slip cordon off in the third over, there were huge cheers in the arena. But the skipper failed to capitalise on the dropped catch as made sure it did not prove too expensive an error. Amir dismissed him on the very next ball.

5. Hardik Pandya’s run out: When lower middle-order batsman came to the crease, were tottering at a meagre 54 and half the team had already been sent back to the pavilion. Flamboyant batsman and former skipper M S Dhoni just departed in quick succession. But Pandya raised India’s hopes by putting on board a quick-fire 74 off just 46 balls. But his brilliant innings, peppered with six sixes and four fours came to an end rather unfortunately as he was run out by Mohammad Hafeez following a miscommunication between Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from fans made clear that the end was nigh. Virat Kohli's boys lost their last four wickets in a space of only six runs.

(With inputs from Agencies)                                                                                                                          

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:45 IST