Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Champions Trophy,

Champions Trophy,
Champions Trophy, one of the most coveted cricket tournaments of the present times, has been played amongst the cricket-playing nations since the year 1998. The fight for the championship takes place every two years, with the matches being spread out over a two-week period. Initially called the Knock Out Tournament, its name was changed to ICC Champions Trophy in the year 2002 and it has been carried over ever since. 

After the first Champions Trophy of 1998, then called ICC Knock Out Tournament, South Africa emerged as the winner, beating West Indies by four wickets, in a match that was played in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The latest Champions Trophy was held in the year 2006, with Australia being declared the winner. It beat West Indies by eight wickets, to win its first ever Champions Trophy. 

In 2013 ICC Champions Trophy India beat host England by five runs. India and Australia won world second largest ODI tournament twise. As for the winners in the interim championships, the names have been listed below.

The final was played between Australia and New Zealand, with the former emerging as the winner. New Zealand batted first and made 200 runs, in fifty overs, after losing 9 wickets. Australia chased the target and managed to reach it within 45.2 overs, with six wickets in hand. With this, Australia has registered not only its second, but also consecutive win in the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan made history by beating India comprehensively in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Sunday. Sarfraz Ahmed's team started the tournament with a heavy defeat to their arch-rivals, but finished it with a win over them in quite some style. Pakistan became the fourth team after West Indies, Sri Lanka and India to win the World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy.
Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali's century stand for the opening wicket put Pakistan in the driver's seat after Virat Kohli opted to bowl first in the high-voltage clash. It was vital for Pakistan to post a big total and they did it with the help of Mohammad Hafeez's cameo at the end. Zaman took risks here and there did not allow the Indian spinners to settle by taking risks and due to that India were not able to pick wickets in the middle overs.
India lost their two key batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Kohli early in the big chase and then never came back into the match as they kept on losing wickets regularly.
Hardik Pandya tried to show some fight but he was run out when he was set for a century, and Pakistan won the final by a mammoth 180 runs – the largest winning margin in the final of an ICC tournament. This was also Pakistan's biggest winning margin by runs over India in ODIs.

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