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.
Here is a comprehensive statistical analysis of ICC Champions Trophy 2017:
India hit the most number of fours as well as most number of sixes in the tournament this year.
Pakistan delivered the most number of dot balls while South Africa delivered the least.
Fifty two out of 113 sixes were scored at The Oval in London which is the most at any venue.
The following table suggests that players found it tough to score during the middle overs (11-40) of a match in the tournament this year.
Shikhar Dhawan won the Golden Bat award for the second time in the Champions Trophy. He had earlier won it in 2013 after scoring 363 runs from five innings at an average of 90.75 and a strike rate of 101.39.
Rohit faced 182 dot balls in this year's edition of the Champions Trophy which is the most by any player.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal took 126 singles this year which is a record.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson holds the record of scoring the most doubles this year.
Azhar and Kohli both ran threes four times which is also a record.
Dhawan hit 44 fours which is the most by any batsman.
Hardik holds the record of hitting the most sixes.
Pakistan's Hasan Ali picked up 13 wickets, which is the joint most by any bowler in a single edition of the Champions Trophy.
Moreover, out of the 267 balls that Hasan bowled, 155 were dot balls, and that is another record.
Ravindra Jadeja conceded the most number of singles in Champions Trophy 2017.
Hardik and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid conceded the most number of twos.
Pakistan pace ace Mohammad Amir conceded five threes which is the most by any bowler.
England pacer Jake Ball holds the record of conceding the most number of fours in the tournament.
Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab Khan conceded six sixes in the tournament, which is the highest.