India and Pakistan are ready to play a final match today against each other and it is the first time India and Pakistan will be playing with each other in the ICC ODI event for the first time ever in the history.
So get ready to see the final of Champions Trophy 2017 which is also touted as the much awaited and anticipated match due to India and Pakistan are coming together. The game will be played in London between the two arch-rivals on Sunday and it will be starting from this 3 pm IST.
It is interesting that so far in the history of the Champions Trophy when pitted against each other; both teams have won two matches each. India, of course, beat Pakistan in the one game that these two teams played against each other earlier in the tournament this year.
India may be ahead against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by an 8-2 margin, but in all ODI tournament finals, Pakistan managed to hold a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head battle against India.
Pakistan have already bounced back in this tournament, defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group matches and in the group stages and England reached the semi-finals and the match is also taking place in London, England.
With Pakistan’s front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final match but he skipped the last match of the Champions Trophy. Mohammed Amir will be on the playground with the new ball bowler Junaid Khan and this match will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is also worth for his team and their bowling is the strength to defeat Indian in the batting line-up. The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees — who made his debut in the semi-finals — will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.
The batting department for Pakistan under the likes of opener Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman and they are being followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish in India and good starts the match received.
In the previous matches partnerships between India and Pakistan matters.
India, on the other side, is looking balanced in the match with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament’s leading run scorer with 317 runs and he is right now having 4 matches on his kitty.
In this match will look to continue to have a momentum against Pakistan and for India it is matters. In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough to choose their any given target.
The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin has looked solid in their bowling economically and they can also deliver breakthroughs performances’.
Captain Kohli will also look to use off-break spinner Kedar Jadhav – and he took a vital wickets actually in their last and previous match against Bangladesh — alongside Hardik Pandya to deceive the Pakistan batsmen.
There is not much left to tinker with and Virat Kohli has made it clear and now in the match, they keen to have some changes. However, in this game, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up an injury on his right knee during his practicing session.
The spinner had a bandage and was with the physio for some drills so this time in the final round he may have a rocking comeback. He didn’t seem to be in big discomfort but his fitness is something that plays important role in any damn Cricket matches, if he absent, then either Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Shami can come instead of him.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin/Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
Mohammad Amir is fit and will play after missing the semi-final. That could mean that Rumman Raees, who did well in that game, could face a harsh sit-out call. There should be no big changes otherwise since Pakistan have a combination that ticks to play the match properly.
Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan.
When: Sunday, June 18 2017 at 10:30 AM Local Time
Venue: The Oval, London
Match Prediction: India will win
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