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The final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was played on 18 June 2017 between Pakistan and India at The Oval in London, to determine the winner of the eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan qualified for the final by defeating the hosts England convincingly by 8 wickets in the first semi-final at Cardiff in Wales on 14 June, and reached their maiden Champions Trophy final. India, the defending champions and favourites, came into the final by defeating Bangladesh comfortably by 9 wickets in the second semi-final at Birmingham on 15 June, to reach their fourth Champions Trophy final, a record.
In an outstanding performance, Pakistan beat India comfortably to win their maiden ICC Champions Trophy, outclassing them across all departments to win by 180 runs, which was the largest margin of victory in the final of an ICC ODI tournament. Pakistan, who were massive underdogs entering as the lowest-ranked team in the competition, became the seventh nation to win the Champions Trophy, and it was their first ICC ODI tournament title since 1992. Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan received the Man of the Match award for scoring a sublime 114.Shikhar Dhawan of India received the Golden Bat award for scoring 338 runs in the tournament while Hasan Ali of Pakistan received the Golden Ball award for taking 13 wickets; he was also adjudged the Man of the Series for his outstanding contribution towards Pakistan's first ICC tournament title since 2009.
The traditional rivalry between both sides set the stage for a high-voltage clash. The match is estimated to have been watched by 400 million viewers, becoming the third most-watched game in cricketing history.
See also: India–Pakistan cricket rivalry
Pakistan and India share a historical rivalry in cricket. Prior to this match, the two sides had played 128 times against each other in ODIs, where Pakistan won 72 matches, India won 52 matches and four matches ended with no result. While Pakistan have had the upper hand bilaterally, India enjoyed an edge in global ICC tournaments where they won 13 times against Pakistan, and Pakistan won twice against India. The two sides met only twice before in the finals of global tournaments: the non-ICC World Championship of Cricket Final in 1985, and the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Final.
Prior to this match, the teams had met four times in the Champions Trophy and had two victories each. Pakistan's last win was in 2009; since then, India won seven games against Pakistan across ICC tournaments consecutively. Their most recent clash was on 4 June 2017, during the group stages of the ongoing Champions Trophy where India won by 124 runs (D/L method). Much of the pre-match analysis envisioned a strong contest between India's batting lineup and Pakistan's bowling side, both of which were considered the strengths of their respective teams and remained formidable in this tournament.
Road to the final
Further information: 2017 ICC Champions Trophy § Group B
Ranked eighth in the ICC ODI Championship at the start of the tournament, Pakistan started poorly, before improving progressively in each game. They lost to India in the first game by 124 runs in a sloppy display, but then defeated top-ranked South Africa by 19 runs by virtue of Duckworth–Lewis method in their next game. They gained momentum and beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in their final group game, a thrilling must-win encounter, and qualified for the semi-finals placed second in Group B, behind India on net run rate. In the semi-final, England with their undefeated run and home advantage were tipped firm favourites. However, they were outplayed by Pakistan with both bat and ball, the latter winning comprehensively by 8 wickets with almost 13 overs to spare. This paved the road for Pakistan's first qualification to a Champions Trophy final.
India came into the tournament as defending champions and favourites along with England, and were ranked third in the ICC ODI Championship. They beat arch-rivals Pakistan convincingly in their first group face-off, winning by 124 runs. They lost their second match to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets, despite posting a total of 321, in what turned out to be the highest successful run-chase in Champions Trophy history. India won their final group game, a must-win encounter against South Africa, comfortably by 8 wickets. They finished on top of Group B with two wins and a net run rate ahead of Pakistan. In the semi-final, India faced Bangladesh, and put in yet another dominating display, winning comfortably by 9 wickets and sealing a final with Pakistan.
Marais Erasmus of South Africa and Richard Kettleborough of England were named as the on-field umpires for the final. They had both previously officiated in the semi-final matches of the tournament; Erasmus, in the England–Pakistan match, and Kettleborough, in the Bangladesh–India match.Rod Tucker of Australia and Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka, who also officiated in the semi-finals as on-field umpires, were appointed as the TV umpire and reserve umpire respectively. David Boon of Australia was the match referee, completing the five-member match official team.
India remained unchanged from the side that played the semi-final, while Pakistan brought back their leading pacer Mohammad Amir, who was ruled out of the semi-final against England due to back spasm and replaced Rumman Raees. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected his side to field first, sending Pakistan in to bat.
The Pakistani opening pair, Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, put on 128 runs before Ali was run out for 59 runs off the last ball of the 22nd over. Zaman, who seemed to have been out for 3 runs, only for a no-ball by Jasprit Bumrah to save him, continued on his way to a 92-ball century – his first at ODI level – eventually falling to Hardik Pandya on the first ball of the 33rd over. He made 114 runs from 106 balls, which included twelve fours and three sixes. After his dismissal, the other Pakistani batsmen kept the score ticking over. Mohammad Hafeez plundered 57 not out from 37 balls, including four fours and three sixes. Pakistan eventually finished on 338/4 – their second-highest ODI score against India – after 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers, finishing with 1/44 from 10 overs (including two maidens).
India started poorly, losing two early wickets to Mohammad Amir. Off the third ball of the game, Rohit Sharma was out leg before wicket for a three-ball duck. In the third over, Virat Kohli was dropped in the slips for just five runs but caught the next ball by Shadab Khan at point. Their poor form continued until, in the middle of the innings, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja managed a rapid 80-run partnership prior to Pandya being run-out. However this was India's only batting highlight as the tail was quickly dismissed and India were all out after 30.3 overs, not even managing half of Pakistan's total.
Fall of wickets: 1–128 (Azhar Ali, 22.6 ov), 2–200 (Fakhar Zaman, 33.1 ov), 3–247 (Shoaib Malik, 39.4 ov), 4–267 (Babar Azam, 42.3 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1–0 (Sharma, 0.3 ov), 2–6 (Kohli, 2.4 ov), 3–33 (Dhawan, 8.6 ov), 4–54 (Yuvraj Singh, 12.6 ov), 5–54 (Dhoni, 13.3 ov), 6–72 (Jadhav, 16.6 ov), 7–152 (Pandya, 26.3 ov), 8–156 (Jadeja, 27.3 ov), 9–156 (Ashwin, 28.1 ov), 10–158 (Bumrah, 30.3 ov)
- * – Captain
- – Wicket-keeper
- c Fielder – Indicates that the batsman was dismissed by a catch by the named fielder
- b Bowler – Indicates which bowler gains credit for the dismissal
The Pakistani team were greeted with a heroic welcome by fans upon their return home. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif posted a congratulatory message on social media, and announced a cash reward of ₨1 crore (US$95,000) for each player. A ceremony was held for the players at the Prime Minister's Secretariat on 4 July. The property developer Bahria Town presented a sum of ₨10 lakh (US$9,500) for every player, and awarded a one kanal plot to Fakhar Zaman for his performance.
In India, the loss was met with agitation by several fans. However, many Indians also commended Pakistan's performance and expressed solidarity with the Indian team irrespective of the result. In Kashmir, widespread pro-Pakistan celebrations were reported amongst locals. Twenty-one Indian men who were allegedly celebrating Pakistan's victory were charged under India’s sedition laws, and remanded in custody. The charges were dropped a few days later after the complainants accused the police of filing a "false case".
Two days after the match, India coach Anil Kumble stepped down from his position, amid reports of a rift between him and some of the players including captain Virat Kohli.
Pakistan's ICC team ranking for ODIs improved from eighth to sixth position, jumping ahead of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In the bowlers' rankings, Hasan Ali climbed 12 spots to reach seventh, while Babar Azam rose by three ranks to fifth on the batting rankings.
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- India won the toss and elected to field.
- Fakhar Zaman (Pak) scored his maiden ODI century.
- Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.
For the women's tournament that took place at the same time, see 2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20.
The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 was the sixth edition of the ICC World Twenty20, the world championship of Twenty20 International cricket. It was held in India from 8 March to 3 April 2016, and was the first edition to be hosted by that country.
Seven cities hosted matches in the tournament – Bangalore, Dharamshala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, and New Delhi. There were sixteen participating teams, ten qualifying automatically through their status as full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and another six qualifying through the 2015 World Twenty20 Qualifier. The tournament was divided into three stages. In the first stage, the eight lowest-ranked teams played off, with the top two joining the eight highest-ranked teams in the Super 10 stage. Finally, the top four teams overall contested the knockout stage. In the final, played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, the West Indies defeated England by four wickets. Indian batsman Virat Kohli was named the player of the tournament, while Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi led the tournament in runs and wickets, respectively.
For the second time, the tournament featured 16 teams. All ten full members qualified automatically, joined by the six associate members that qualified through the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, played in Ireland and Scotland between 6 and 26 July 2015. Oman made its debut in the tournament.
The top eight Full Member nations in the ICC T20I Championship rankings as of 30 April 2014 automatically progressed to the Super 10 stage, with the remaining eight teams competed in the group stage. From the group stage, Bangladesh and associate nation Afghanistan advanced to the Super 10 stage. Test playing nation Zimbabwe and Ireland failed to advance to the Super 10 stage for the second time.
In October 2015 Shahryar Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said that Pakistan would consider pulling out of the tournament if the series against India did not go ahead. Although the series was ultimately cancelled, Pakistan received government clearance in February 2016 to visit India to compete in the tournament. In early March, Pakistan sent a delegation to assess the security arrangements ahead of the tournament. Following the visit, the match between India and Pakistan was moved from Dharamsala to Eden Gardens in Kolkata, at the request of the PCB, and on 11 March, Pakistan confirmed their participation at the tournament.
The match referees’ responsibilities throughout the men's tournament were shared between six members of the Elite Panel of ICC Referees :
The on-field responsibilities for officiating the men's tournament were shared by all twelve of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and three umpires from the International Panel of ICC Umpires :
Main article: 2016 ICC World Twenty20 squads
Prior to the tournament, each team selected a squad of fifteen players.
On 21 July 2015, the Indian cricket board announced the name of the cities which will be hosting the matches. Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi were the venues along with Kolkata, which also hosted the final of the event. Chennai could not host a match due to legal issues regarding the construction of three stands at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.VCA Stadium, Nagpur hosted all Group B games and HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala hosted all Group A matches. The India vs Pakistan match, was scheduled to be played at HPCA Stadium. With the announcement that HPCA authority could not provide the required security for Pakistani team, the match was moved to Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
There were some initial concerns about the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi hosting the first semi-final, due to one of the block of stands needing a clearance certificate from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). If the clearance was not approved, the ICC and BCCI were planning an alternative venue to host the match. However, on 23 March, the Delhi & District Cricket Association were granted clearance from the SDMC to use the block at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 declared a total prize money pool of $10 million for the tournament, 33% more than the 2014 edition. The prize money was distributed according to the performance of the teams as follows:
|Stage||Prize money (US$)|
|Losing semi-finalists||$400,000 each|
|Bonus for winning every “Super 10 round” match||$50,000|
|Guaranteed Participation Bonus for all 16 teams||$300,000|
Main article: 2016 ICC World Twenty20 warm-up matches
All times listed below are in Indian Standard Time (UTC+05:30).
Advance to Group 2
Advance to Group 1
Afghanistan won by 6 wickets
- Netherlands won the toss and elected to field.
- Ireland won the toss and elected to bat.
- This was Oman's first victory in an ICC World T20 tournament.
- Oman won the toss and elected to field.
- No play was possible due to rain.
- Netherlands were eliminated as a result of this match.
- Ireland won the toss and elected to field.
- The match was reduced to 12 overs per side due to rain.
- Rain stopped play in Bangladesh's innings and no further play was possible.
- Ireland were eliminated as a result of this match.
- Ireland won the toss and elected to field.
- The match was reduced to six overs per side due to rain.
- Oman won the toss and elected to field.
- Rain reduced Oman's innings to 12 overs with a target of 120 runs.
- Bangladesh qualified for the Super 10 stage of the tournament as a result of this match, while Oman were eliminated.
- Tamim Iqbal became the first player for Bangladesh and 18th overall to score a century in a T20I match. He also became the first player for Bangladesh and 25th overall to pass 1,000 runs in T20Is.
- Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field.
- Ryan Campbell (HK) became the oldest player to make his T20I debut (44 years and 30 days).
- Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
- Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.
- Scotland were eliminated as a result of this match.