Champions Trophy 2017: Hasan Ali picks up Player of the Tournament and Golden Ball awards

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Hasan Ali with the Golden Ball trophy [Getty Images]

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT, GOLDEN BALL – HASAN ALI

A key to Pakistan’s success at the ICC Champions Trophy, fast bowler Hasan Ali picked up 13 wickets during the course of the tournament which saw him being named the Player of the Tournament as well as get the Golden Ball for being the highest wicket-taker.

He didn’t start the tournament on the best note as he conceded 70 runs and took just one wicket against India in Pakistan’s first group stage match.

From there on, he performed at a level above any other bowler at the tournament.

Hasan picked up three wickets each in all four of Pakistan’s last four matches at the tournament and the Men in Green managed to win each of those games – first, by restricting South Africa to 219/8 and then, by bowling out Sri Lanka for 236, England for 211, and India for 158.

Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Ravichandran Ashwin

GOLDEN BAT – SHIKHAR DHAWAN

There’s something about the Champions Trophy and Shikhar Dhawan.

This was the second time that the left-handed opener was part of the Indian team at the tournament and he managed to bag the Golden Bat trophy just like he had done in the previous edition in 2013.

Coming into the tournament, there were some doubts about Dhawan’s place in the Indian team and he answered his critics in style by notching up 338 runs from five innings in the tournament.

His partnerships at the top of the order with Rohit Sharma (who was the second highest run-getter in the tournament) played a big part in India’s run to the final.

Shikhar Dhawan receives the Golden Bat trophy from Ricky Ponting [Getty Images]

Shikhar Dhawan receives the Golden Bat trophy from Ricky Ponting [Getty Images]

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A colourful affair: Pakistan got the better of their arch-rivals.

Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs to lift the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time at The Oval in south west London on Thursday.

Having been put into bat, Pakistan managed to post a huge total of 338-4 from their 50 overs - with opener Fakhar Zaman notching up his maiden ODI century, scoring 114 from 106 deliveries.

Zaman was lucky early in his innings as he survived a caught-behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah with the Indian pacer having overstepped. Once he got that reprieve, he took his time to get settled in before taking the attack to the Indian bowling, hitting as many as 12 fours and three sixes.

Chasing 339, India's top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan. After being reduced to 33-3 and then 72-6, India were never really in the contest despite a fighting 43-ball 76 from Hardik Pandya. With this win, Pakistan completed quite the turnaround having lost to India by a huge margin in their first match of the tournament. You can check out all the best images from the final in the gallery above.

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Pakistan win Champions Trophy: Mohammad Amir magic and other turning points from 180-run win over India

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Amir tore through the Indian top order.

In a memorable final at the Oval, batting first – Pakistan posted an imposing 338-4 – with opener Fakhar Zaman scoring 114.

In reply, Mohammad Amir tore through India’s top order while Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan caused further chaos to blow India away for just 158 inside 31 overs.

Here, Sport360’s Jaideep Marar looks at the key turning points from the clash in south west London.

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BUMRAH NO BALL

The Indian bowlers started off with a maiden first over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Jasprit Bumrah at the other end also bowled to a plan by limiting the scoring shots of Pakistan’s in-form opener Fakhar Zaman.

In his second over, he even managed to get Zaman to edge to wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but television replays indicated that he had overstepped giving a big reprieve to the left-hander.

Bumrah’s no-ball gave the initiative to Pakistan as Zaman not only hung on to notch his maiden ODI hundred but also played his part in a 128-run opening wicket stand with Azhar Ali.

Bumrah who gave away 10 runs in his first over never regained his poise or discipline as he bowled three no-balls and five wides in his nine overs besides conceding 68 runs.

India's Jasprit Bumrah bowls during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Costly with the ball: Bumrah.

AZHAR ALI’S EARLY INTENT

India’s opening bowlers had the Pakistan openers in a bind conceding just seven runs in the first three overs. But once Bumrah overstepped to give Fakhar Zaman a reprieve, his partner at the other end, Azhar Ali took charge. He pummeled a straight drive off Bumrah in the same over to show his intent and ease the nerves.

When Ashwin was introduced into the attack, Azhar ensured the off-spinner did not settle down into a rhythm by smashing a huge six in his first over. Ashwin lost his sting thereafter as he went wicketless for 70 runs in his 10 overs besides bowling four wides.

Zaman, who was denied width to play his shots by the Indian bowlers, struggled initially but with Ali showing the way he too flourished as they laid a solid foundation for a big total.

Pakistan's Azhar Ali celebrates after reaching his 50 during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Raw power up top: Azhar Ali.

ZAMAN’S MID-INNINGS BLAST

The Indians had to toil hard on a flat pitch to get their first success in the form of a run-out. It partly had to do with Fakhar Zaman not responding to partner Azhar Ali’s call for a run.

With a new man, Babar Azam in, the Indians began closing in – conceding just six runs in the next two overs. But that’s when Zaman, who was batting on 61 with Pakistan on 134-1 in the 25 over, took the Indians apart with a calculated assault against the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin – smashing three fours and two sixes as they collected 33 runs off 12 balls.

Zaman’s tactics meant Pakistan were not bogged down by the fall of a wicket, instead their scoring rate multiplied so much so that they crossed the 200-mark in the 33rd over. It also hurt the Indian bowling further and they had to be content playing second fiddle throughout the innings.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman gestures as he walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket for 114 during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A knock to remember: Fakhar Zaman.

HAFEEZ’S FINISHING TOUCH

One of Pakistan’s most senior players in the side, Mohammad Hafeez, had been a having a relatively quiet tournament with scores of 31 not out, 1, 26 and 33. There were rumblings back home about his utility with some even saying this could be his last tournament in the green shirt.

However, at the Oval, the situation was perfect for the 189-match veteran to come into his element with the Pakistani batsmen on top.

When he walked into bat in the 40th over the contest, it was interestingly poised as Pakistan were 247-3 and looking to accelerate while the Indians were desperate to restrict them.

But Hafeez came up with an inspired knock – cracking an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls (smashing three sixes and four fours) as Pakistan piled 91 runs in the last 60 balls.

Hafeez’s innings provided the ideal finish as they broke the Indians’ back by posting a formidable total.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan bats during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Important innings: Hafeez.

AMIR’S TRIPLE STRIKE

Pakistan’s hopes of clinching this final rested on taking early wickets to create panic in the Indian ranks. And that’s exactly what their talismanic fast bowler Mohammad Amir did with his third delivery of the innings by trapping in-form Rohit Sharma leg before wicket with an in-swinging delivery.

India were 0-1 but Amir went a step ahead in his next over by getting the wicket of India’s biggest hope and captain Virat Kohli. The beauty of this dismissal was that off the previous ball Kohli was dropped in the slips after the World No.1-ranked batsman nicked an away going delivery.

Amir, however, did not allow the miss to affect him as he ran in purpose and unleashed another fantastic ball that Kohli tried to flick but ended up edging to point. The left-arm pacer was not finished yet as he returned to hurt India further by claiming Shikhar Dhawan, who was leading a fightback, by inducing an edge to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Amir’s triple strikes rattled India as they lost three of their most prolific run-getters with just 33 runs on the board and from thereon it was all downhill for the defending champions.

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