It has been 10 years since India & Pakistan met in a final of an ICC tournament. Last time when these two teams met in a final was 2007 WC in which India won by 5 runs.
Coming to Champions Trophy 2017, it has been one of the most unpredictable ICC tournament where top teams like Australia & South Africa were not even able to qualify for knockout round. Finalists Pakistan were No.8 in ICC rankings before start of this tournament. It was their destiny to play the Finals against their arch rivals India.
Indian team is in superb touch with both bat & bowl they are definitely the favorites going into this game, having defeated the same opposition in opening game of tournament for them by 124 runs.
Here is what our experts think about this game :
If India bats first
First inning score : 280-290.
Win prediction : India will win the match by 30-40 runs.
If Pakistan bats first
First inning score : 255-65.
Win prediction : India will win the match by 5 wickets in a tight contest.
From win prediction meter :
India 65% , Pakistan 35%
Pakistan chances will be heavily dependent on the pitch if it is used pitch and assists their bowlers in that case it will be a 50-50 contest. The main thing which gives India edge over Pakistan is the ability to handle pressure they have been in this situation many time in last 10 years whereas Pakistan have not been in familiar situation from a long time. Pakistan have reached the finals with the help of brilliant bowling from their bowlers they will want another such performance from their bowlers and would want to restrict India under 250 in any conditions. Any thing around 270 will be tough for Pakistan to chase. It will be a tight contest lot will depend on the pitch but our experts think it will be India’s game.
Pakistan : 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Rauman Raees, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
India : 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 R Ashwin, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
As our experts have predicted that it will be India’s game.
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