A Dream Sunday, A Dream ICC Champions Trophy final for Indo-Pak fans. Who thought Pakistan will reach the finals of The ICC Champions Trophy 2017. A 7th ranked team in ODI can make it’s way to finals. Really cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.
Pakistan started with a defeat against India then surprised everyone by winning against Number 1 Ranked South Africa with the help of D/L Method. From chasing down the target of 236 against Sri Lanka to beating England one sided and making their way to FINALS. The way they played against England we hope Sunday match gonna be an exciting one for fans.
The Defending Champions India started their campaign with a win against their arch-rivals Pakistan.
Then surprisingly lost to Sri Lanka after scoring a total of 321 but they made their comeback as more strong side by defeating South Africa in the so called quarter-final and Bangladesh in the semi-final. India have had a pretty successful tournament with three wins and a loss. They are one of the favourites to win the tournament since the beginning. They reached to finals easily where other teams like RSA, Aus and Eng those were favourites too also but failed.
Batting order of Indian team have become a hell for all teams. Indians openers have failed to score a 50+ opening partnership in just 1 match out of 4. Top 3 Indian batsman have not failed in any match where they didn’t impressed. The trio of Shikhar Dhawan(Highest run scorer), Rohit Sharma(2nd highest run scorer) and the Indian Captain Virat Kohli(averaging 253 in CT17) is just unstoppable.
In lower order they have Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav
following with Allrounders like Pandya, Jadeja and Ashwin.
Indian bowlers have done also well in this tournament except for one match against Sri Lanka. Bhuvneshwar managed to get 6 wickets where Bumrah and Jadeja shared 4-4 wickets with a good economy.
Batting order of Pakistan has failed to impress. Only Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman have shown consistency by played well with scoring two-two fifties each and no Pakistan batsman could manage to score a hundred.
Pakistan bowling is something that Pakistan can rely on. Hasan Ali(Highest wicket taker) got 10 wickets in just 4 matches he played with a good economy of 4.5. Junaid Khan who was not part of playing XI in the first match against India made his comeback to the team after the injury of Wahab Riyaz against India that ruled him out of the Champions Trophy. Junaid has 7 wickets in 3 games he played so far in CT17.
First meeting 16–19 October 1952 (Test)
1 October 1978 (ODI)
14 September 2007 (T20I)
Latest meeting 4 June 2017
2017 ICC Champions Trophy
Next meeting 18 June 2017
2017 ICC Champions Trophy Final
The Oval, London
Statistics Meetings total Tests:59
Most wins Tests: (Pakistan 12; India 9)
ODIs: (Pakistan 72; India 52)
T20Is: (India 7; Pakistan 1)
Indian playing XI likely to be unchanged for the final match. Pakistan likely to make a change with M. Amir back in the team.
- INDIA: (from) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Bench: Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
(from) Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan AliBench: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Fahim Ashraf
So it’s gonna be India’s Batting versus Pakistan’s Bowling. Pressure is on Pakistan more because recently they have lost to India in every ICC Tournament. Exactly 10 years before both teams were in the finals of 2007 World Cup T20. Where Pakistan’s ultimate dream was about to come true. They were going to beat India in a World Cup encounter for the first time and that too in a final of a big game. They needed just 6 out of 4 and on the next ball history creates “INDIA, U BEAUTY“. India won their first T20 Title with Captain Dhoni gamble. So come on TEAM INDIA, the nation is behind you. We’ve done it once in this tournament, we can do it again.
However, this time Pakistan would love to change the history and India will likely to repeat it once more. Let’s hope for the best and an exciting game.
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