Finally we have come to the business end of the Tournament. It will be arch rivals India & Pakistan against each other at The Oval, London. This is a match every Pakistani and Indian fan was wishing for. These two started their Champions Trophy journey facing each other in which India came out victorious by 124 runs. Since then Pakistan have won all their games and have reached the finals whereas India lost to Sri Lanka in group stages but they finished group stage as table toppers. Pakistan team is heavily dependent on their bowlers whereas India has a complete package of players.
A fresh pitch is being used for the match. It seems bit dry but will assist batsmen and we can expect a high scoring encounter.
The forecast is for a slightly cloudy, but mostly dry day, with temperatures reaching the high twenties.
The first-innings scores at The Oval in this tournament (1-2 denote match won by side batting first or second) are: 191-2/321-2/182-2/299-1/305-2. Which is an average of 260. Low scoring 191 & 182 were on different pitch, this match will be played on fresh pitch so we can expect some more runs.
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 Umesh Yadav 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Watch out for
Hasan Ali : He has been the go to man of Sarfaraz in this tournament, he has already bagged 10 wickets in 4 innings of Pakistan. He went for plenty against India when these two met in group stages, he would surely want to improve his stats against India & would like to pick some useful wickets for Pakistan.
Shikhar Dhawan : Just before the start of Champions Trophy his selection in the team was questioned by many. He has proved his worth by famous quotes ” Let bat do all the talking” , he has scored 317 runs in this tournament & is highest run scorer. He is also the highest run scorer for India in history of Champions Trophy with 680 runs in 9 innings. His form will be crucial for India in this big finals against quality Pakistan bowling.
Stats and trivia
- Pakistan have lost eight of the 10 matches played against India in ICC tournaments.
- Pakistan’s 31 wickets are the most taken by any team in the Champions Trophy
- It is the first final for both the captains.
- Junaid Khan has taken eight wickets at an average of 21.50 in five matches against India. He has dismissed Kohli three times, and conceded only two runs to him.