Looking back at 2017: Top 5 moments in World cricket

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Internet Desk: There are many things that have happened in both men’s and women’s cricket over the year. From England women’s team winning the ICC Women’s World Cup on their home soil to Australia winning the Ashes a few days back, the fans got to watch some splendid performances throughout the year. As the year comes to an end www.xtratime.in looks at this year’s top 5 cricketing moments of the world.

#England Women’s team won the ICC Women’s World Cup

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Hosts England won a thrilling battle against India back in July as they won the big final by just 9 runs to clinch their fourth World Cup title. The hosts were on the verge of a big defeat with India, chasing an easy total of 229 to win, cruising along at 190 for three. But a late collapse from by the visitors, sparked by six wickets in 19 balls from Anya Shrubsole, saw England snatch a dramatic victory.

#Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy

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Everyone knows what is Pakistan’s record in the ICC events against their arch-rivals India. Ahead of the Champions Trophy final everyone told that India would win the match with an ease. Pakistan posted a mammoth of a total of 338 runs on board thanks to a brilliant century by Fakhar Zaman. In reply a destructive spell by Pakistan’s star bowler Mohammad Amir (3/16) helped them to bowl their arch rivals out on just 158 runs to beat them by 180 runs.

#Virat Kohli surpasses Ricky Ponting in terms of ODI century, only Sachin Tendulkar is in front of him

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Virat Kohli surpassed the legendary Ricky Pointing to become the second highest century maker in ODIs en route his 31st hundred during the opening match against New Zealand in the month of October. Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who amassed 49 ODI hundreds besides a staggering 51 centuries in Tests.

#Bangladesh beat Australia in a Test match for the very first time

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Bangladesh stunned Australia in a thriller as they beat the visitors by 20 runs they took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka back in August. It was the very first time that Bangladesh beat the Aussies in a Test match. Though their happiness didn’t last long as Australia won the second Test and the series ended on a 1-1 draw.

#Australia reclaims Ashes on their home soil

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Hosts Australia regained the Ashes a couple of days back and remain on their way for a 5-0 whitewash against England, after they win the third Test comprehensively by an innings and 41-run on the final day at Perth. With this win Australia has taken a 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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