Hasan Ali's aggression bodes well for Pakistan and his confidence after his brilliant 3 for 24 against South Africa and he found a great rhythm. © Getty Images

Hasan Ali led the wicket-takers’ charts, with 13 scalps against his name. © Getty Images

Pakistan defied all odds and trounced India, their much-fancied rivals and neighbours, to win the eighth edition of the Champions Trophy, thus becoming the seventh side to win the trophy. Ranked No. 8 in the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came up trumps by winning their last four games after losing to India in their first game in Birmingham a fortnight ago. It was their only second 50-over world event title, after the 1992 World Cup win under Imran Khan.

Virat Kohli’s India were firm favourites ahead of the final. India, who had won the title in 2013, had then become the only second team after West Indies to win outright the three major ICC titles – the World Cup, the World Twenty20, and the Champions Trophy. To this day, they remain the only side to have won the World Cup titles in both the 60-over and 50-over formats. This loss means Pakistan have now won seven tournament finals between the two sides as against India’s two. In all Champions Trophy games, it is 3-2 in favour of Pakistan, although India have a 6-0 lead over their opponents in World Cups.

The 2017 competition threw up several interesting figures. India, as they did in 2013, were the only team with a batting strike-rate of over 100. These figures received a boost, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, their openers who were the top two run-getters of the tournament.

The South African bowlers had the best economy rate of 4.84, followed by Pakistan with 5.02. The next two tables provide runs and wickets breakdowns of all the eight participating teams.

Runs breakdown (by team)

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India (1256) scored the most runs in the tournament. © AFP

Team Players Innings Runs Wickets R/w S/r HS 100s 50s 0s Extras
Australia 12 3 413 13 31.77 91.78 71* 0 3 2 20
Bangladesh 13 4 1019 28 36.39 88.53 128 3 4 4 61
England 13 4 1069 26 41.12 95.28 133* 2 6 3 29
India 12 5 1256 22 57.09 101.29 125 2 10 2 27
New Zealand 11 3 779 28 27.82 93.07 100 1 4 3 29
Pakistan 15 5 1073 25 42.92 92.82 114 1 7 2 75
South Africa 12 3 709 24 29.54 81.78 103 1 3 3 34
Sri Lanka 15 3 761 23 33.09 90.92 89 0 5 3 51
Total 103 30 7079 189 37.46 92.42 133* 10 42 22 326

Wickets breakdown (by team)

Pakistan picked up most wickets in the Champions Trophy. © Getty Images

Pakistan picked up the most wickets in the Champions Trophy. © Getty Images

Team Innings Balls Maidens Runs Wickets R/w R/o 4+w Best Extras
Australia 3 779 5 713 24 29.71 5.49 2 6 for 52 19
Bangladesh 4 921 1 921 12 76.75 6 0 3 for 13 12
England 4 1090 10 1020 27 37.78 5.61 4 4 for 33 55
India 5 1361 7 1279 33 38.76 5.64 0 3 for 30 89
New Zealand 3 635 1 631 18 35.06 5.96 0 3 for 45 37
Pakistan 5 1366 10 1143 41 27.88 5.02 0 3 for 16 41
South Africa 3 639 7 515 15 34.33 4.84 1 4 for 27 25
Sri Lanka 3 869 3 857 19 45.11 5.92 0 3 for 60 48
 Total 30 7660 44 7079 189 37.46 5.54 7 6 for 52 326

South Africa’s batsmen faced the fewest number of dot balls percentage-wise (48.16%), while the Pakistanis, as they did in the 2013 tournament, faced the highest (53.14%). Meanwhile, India had the distinction of hitting a high percentage of boundaries (12.71%) and also sixes in fewest balls — they managed a six every 41 balls.

The Pakistani bowlers conceded the least percentage of boundaries (7.36%), while the Bangladeshi bowlers conceded the most (11.40%), but their bowlers managed to concede the fewest sixes in terms of balls delivered — they conceded a six every 115 balls, while the New Zealand bowlers conceded one every 45 balls. 


The two tables below provide details of the distribution of balls faced for batsmen and bowlers for each country and also at each venue.

Distribution of balls faced by batsmen (by country)

Batting 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s Balls Nb Wides Runs %dots %(1-3) %(4-6) Balls/6
Australia 232 143 28 4 41+ 0 3 451 1 9 393 51.44 38.8 9.76 150.33
Bangladesh 595 396 55 4 92 0 12 1154 2 31 958 51.56 39.43 9.01 96.17
England 551 385 69 5 91 0 23 1124 2 16 1040 49.02 40.84 10.14 48.87
India 609 422 47 7 128 0 30 1243 3 10 1229 48.99 38.29 12.71 41.43
New Zealand 409 297 42 5 75 0 9 837 0 13 750 48.86 41.1 10.04 93
Pakistan 617 372 46 11 94 1 20 1161 5 42 998 53.14 36.95 9.91 58.05
South Africa 418 346 49 5 42 0 8 868 1 24 675 48.16 46.08 5.76 108.5
Sri Lanka 430 282 47 6 67 0 8 840 3 21 710 51.19 39.88 8.93 105
Total 3861 2643 383 47 630+ 1 113 7678 17 166 6753 50.29 40.02 9.69 67.95

+ includes one all-run four 

Distribution of balls delivered by bowlers (by country)

Bowling 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s Balls Nb Wides Runs %dots %(1-3) %(4-6) Balls/6
Australia 421 237 31 3 68 0 19 779 0 7 694 54.04 34.79 11.17 41
Bangladesh 402 361 47 6 97+ 0 8 921 0 9 909 43.65 44.95 11.4 115.13
England 544 378 53 11 94 0 12 1092 2 26 965 49.82 40.48 9.71 91
India 669 506 60 4 111 0 18 1368 6 41 1190 48.9 41.67 9.43 76
New Zealand 319 199 48 5 50 0 14 635 0 24 594 50.24 39.69 10.08 45.36
Pakistan 704 485 73 9 81 0 20 1372 6 18 1102 51.31 41.33 7.36 68.6
South Africa 386 166 23 4 56 0 7 642 3 12 490 60.12 30.06 9.81 91.71
Sri Lanka 416 311 48 5 73 1 15 869 0 29 809 47.87 41.89 10.24 57.93
Total 3861 2643 383 47 630+ 1 113 7678 17 166 6753 50.29 40.02 9.69 67.95

+ includes one all run four

Distribution of balls faced by batsmen by venue

Venue 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s Balls Nb Wides Runs %dots %(1-3) %(4-6) Balls/6
Birmingham 1210 784 102 13 221 0 37 2367 7 2401 2133 51.12 37.98 10.9 63.97
Cardiff 1154 751 135 20 154 1 24 2239 4 2304 1846 51.54 40.46 7.99 93.29
The Oval 1497 1108 146 14 255+ 0 52 3072 6 3139 2774 48.73 41.28 9.99 59.08
Grand 3861 2643 383 47 630+ 1 113 7678 17 166 6753 50.29 40.02 9.69 67.95

+ includes one all-run four

Dhawan, the leading run-getter in the previous edition in 2013 with 363 runs, was once again the leader with 338 runs. Interestingly, Rohit Sharma (177 runs at fourth) and Virat Kohli (176 runs at fifth in 2013), were placed second (304 runs) and joint-fourth (258 runs) respectively in 2017. Pakistan’s new bowling sensation, Hasan Ali led the wicket-takers with 13 wickets. The tables below have all details.

Leading run-getters

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Tamim Iqbal was the third highest run-getter in the tournament. © Getty Images

Runs Batsman For Innings Average S/r 100s 50s HS Dots 1s 2s 3s 4s 6s Balls
338 Shikhar Dhaawan Ind 5 67.6 101.81 1 2 125 164 105 12 3 44 4 332
304 Rohit Sharma Ind 5 76 86.86 1 2 123* 182 118 14 0 29 7 350
293 Tamim Iqbal Ban 4 73.25 86.18 1 2 128 170 126 11 1 25 7 340
258 Joe Root Eng 4 86 97.73 1 1 133* 99 123 19 1 19 3 264
258 Virat Kohli Ind 5 129 98.85 0 3 96* 118 100 9 4 26 4 261
252 Fakhar Zaman Pak 4 63 113 1 2 114 103 75 6 1 33 5 223

Leading wicket-takers 

Wickets Bowler For Innings Average R/o 4w 5w Best Dots 1s 2s 3s 4s 6s Balls
13 Hasan Ali Pak 5 14.69 4.29 1 0 3 for 19 157 81 12 0 16 3 269
9 Josh Hazlewood Aus 3 15.78 5.07 0 1 6 for 52 92 49 11 0 13 3 168
8 Liam Plunkett Eng 4 24.5 5.85 2 0 4 for 55 89 77 15 1 19 1 202
8 Junaid Khan Pak 4 19.38 4.58 0 0 3 for 40 120 58 9 1 16 1 205
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ind 5 28.14 4.64 0 0 2 for 23 146 75 12 1 19 2 255
7 Adil Rashid Eng 3 20.29 4.73 1 0 4 for 41 86 68 17 2 5 2 180

Among individual performances during the tournament, some the players stood out while scoring and conceding runs as seen from the tables below:

Batsman with most…in the tournament

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Rohit Sharma faced 182 dot balls during the campaign. © Getty Images

Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Batsman 3
Dots Rohit Sharma – 182 Azhar Ali – 175 Tamim Iqbal – 170
1s Tamim Iqbal – 126 Joe Root – 123 Rohit Sharma – 118
2s Kane Williamson – 21 Joe Root – 19 Niroshan Dickwella – 15
3s Azhar Ali/Virat Kohli – 4 Niroshan Dickwella/ several instances
Shikhar Dhawan/
Quinton de Kock/
Alex Hales – 3
4s Shikhar Dhawan – 44 Fakhar Zaman – 33 Rohit Sharma – 29
5s Mohd Amir – 1
6s Hardik Pandya – 10 Rohit Sharma/ Mohd Hafeez – 6
Tamim Iqbal/
Eoin Morgan – 7

Bowlers conceding most…

Bowler 1 Bowler 2 Bowler 3
Dots Hasan Ali – 157 Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 146 Jasprit Bumrah – 140
1s Ravindra Jadeja – 105 Hardik Pandya – 89 Shadab Khan – 88
2s Hardik Pandya/Adil Rashid – 17 Mohd Amir – 16 Liam Plunkett – 15
3s Mohd Amir – 5 Rubel Hossain/ several instances
Jake Ball/
Mitchell Starc – 3
4s Jake Ball – 26 Ravindra Jadeja/ Mustafizur Rahman – 22
Jasprit Bumrah/
Ben Stokes – 23
5s Tissara Perera – 1
6s Shadab Khan – 6 Tissara Perera/ Pat Cummins/
Ravindra Jadeja – 5 Adam Milne – 4

The over-by-over scoring pattern in ODIs is not as crucial as it is in Twenty20s, but it still throws up interesting insights. The most productive over in this year’s Champions Trophy was the 23rd over (212 runs), followed by the 26th over (202 runs). The least productive over was the 50th over that saw just 79 runs, followed by the first over with 91 runs.

From the point of view of bowlers, the most wickets (12) fell in the 43rd and 45th overs each, followed by 11 in the 34th over. Incidentally, not a single wicket fell in the fourth, tenth and the 19th overs during the tournament.

As in any limited-overs game, the maximum excitement is normally generated in the end overs. Therefore, it is not surprising that the 49th over in this edition produced an average of 9.34 runs, followed by 9.00 runs in the 46th over. The average for the opening overs was understandably lower, with 3.03 runs in the first over, but surprisingly only 3.85 runs came on an average in 31st over of the match.

The tables below have the over-by-over details of runs scored and wickets taken in the Champions Trophy 2017 in blocks of five, ten and 25 overs. The last table provides details of the first Power Play period (1-10 overs), which is not necessarily overs from one to ten, but periods of play between the first and the tenth overs. The second Power Play (middle orders, 11-40 overs) and the 3rd and final Power Play overs (death overs, the final ten) complete the picture.

Australia’s best bowler has been Josh Hazlewood, with his strength being his immaculate line and length. © Getty Images

Australia didn’t go too far, but Josh Hazlewood was still the second highest wicket-taker. © Getty Images

In five-over blocks

Over Runs Wickets Balls R/w R/o
1 to 5 700 11 900 63.64 4.67
6 to 10 787 20 894 39.35 5.28
11 to 15 749 15 870 49.93 5.17
16 to 20 753 12 846 62.75 5.34
21 to 25 835 13 840 64.23 5.96
26 to 30 757 21 822 36.05 5.53
31 to 35 565 26 775 21.73 4.37
36 to 40 689 14 721 49.21 5.73
41 to 45 688 37 602 18.59 6.86
46 to 50 556 20 390 27.8 8.55
Total 7079 189 7660 37.46 5.54

In ten-over blocks

Over Runs Wickets Balls R/w R/o
1 to 10 1487 31 1794 47.97 4.97
11 to 20 1502 27 1716 55.63 5.25
21 to 30 1592 34 1662 46.82 5.75
31 to 40 1254 40 1496 31.35 5.03
41 to 50 1244 57 992 21.82 7.52
Total 7079 189 7660 37.46 5.54

Split into halves

Over Runs Wickets Balls R/w R/o
1 to 25 3824 71 4350 53.86 5.27
26 to 50 3255 118 3310 27.58 5.9
Total 7079 189 7660 37.46 5.54

Power Play details

Over Runs Wickets Balls R/w R/o
1st PP  (1-10 ov) 1455 29 1764 50.17 4.95
2nd PP  (11-40 ov) 4353 100 4876 43.53 5.36
3rd PP  (41-50 ov) 1271 60 1020 21.18 7.48
Total (1-50 ov) 7079 189 7660 37.46 5.54