India and Pakistan two rivals square off in the decider at The Oval in finals of ICC Champions Trophy today.
India has performed very well in all the matches except Sri Lanka , Pakistan have managed to bounce back in this tournament, defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final.
The head-to-head record states that Pakistan have a clear edge over India. Pakistan’s two wins, though, came in Champions Trophy matches, in 2004 and 2009.Pakistan have a substantial 72-52 lead overall in ODIs, but at global events, India have had a distinct advantage.
India’s has 34-7 win-loss record in ICC world events since the start of 2011, easily the best among all teams during this period. India have won two tournaments during this period , 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
Pakistan has reached the Champions Trophy final for the first time. Pakistan have taken the most wickets in the tournament (31) and would bank on the bowling once again to shine in the final. Pakistan bowling is further strengthen by the return of Mohammad Amir who is fit for the final after skipping the semi-final due to an injury.
Pakistan’s front-line pacer Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs. Spinners Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees 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 followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish against India having got to good starts in the previous matches but failing to build solid partnerships.
However , India have a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments and are clear favourites to win the finals of ICC champions Trophy.
India’s top three batsmen Shikhar Dhawan has 317, Rohit Sharma 304, and Virat Kohli 253 scored 874 runs , highest tally by the top three of any team in this tournament.
The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have looked solid bowling economically while providing clinical breakthroughs.
Head to head:
Total matches played – 128
Pakistan won- 72
No Result – 4
In ICC Champions Trophy
Total matches played – 4
Team Squads :
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (c and wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan,