India vs Pakistan final, ICC Champions Trophy: Today is Father’s Day. And, the mother of all finals is here! It’s a dream final for cricket fans as India will face Pakistan in Champions Trophy final match on this Super Sunday. According to estimates cited in various media reports, Sunday’s high-voltage match between the sub-continental cricket giants at the Oval in London is set to attract a worldwide television audience. In the final match, undoubtedly, India’s remarkable consistency will be on test against Pakistan which on its day, can beat anybody – as they proved in this tournament. The fierce clash is expected to be as exciting a final as has ever been witnessed before.
As data suggests, India holds 13-2 win-loss record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Not only this, India registered victory in the last seven head-to-head matches in ICC events. India have won all three of their previous matches with Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments to date. Hence, clearly, Team India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments. Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. And captain Virat Kohli has already declared that nothing extra is needed to get the same result despite the turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmed’s men since then.
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India’s batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Skipper Kohli, with 253 runs, makes it three Indians in top-5. Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if ‘Law of Averages’ catches up with them.
Defending the Champions Trophy will also be important as the on-field supremacy could also help India regain some lost ground off the field when the ICC Annual Conference starts a day after the final.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
India vs Pakistan final to begin at 3 pm IST