Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after beating hammering arch rivals India in the final by 180 runs. India won the toss and elected to field which turn out to be a wrong decision as Pakistan posted 338 with Fakher Azam scoring a superb hundred. In return Muhammad Aamir dislodged Indian top order in his opening spell and wrapped up the game and the champions trophy for Pakistan.
Match Highlights (Part 1)
Virat Kohli and company were confident of chasing down any target and that was the though behind choosing to field first after winning the toss. But unlike in previous games between the two, this Pakistan side is much more composed and positive with Fakher Zaman leading the charger uptop. A second consecutive 100 run partnership between Zaman and Azher Ali laid down the foundation and with 338 runs on the board Pakistan were always going to be a difficult team to face.
India never looked in control of the chase and lost quick wickets early on thanks to incredible spell by both Muhammad Amir and Junaid Khan. Amir took three wickets including Sharma, Kohli and Dhawan. While Hasan Ali and Shadab also continued their superb performances.
So here we are after a fortnight action of exciting cricket full of upsets and have two asian powerhouses in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final. India take on arch rivals Pakistan in what should be a massive game on Sunday, 18th June 2017 at the oval cricket stadium. The final will start at around 10:30 uk time and SkySports has the live coverage in the UK. The weather is clear and it all set up for a great day for cricket fans around the world.
India has defeated Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-interrupted match, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first a curious decision to say the least and India took full advantage scoring 319 in allotted 48 overs. Pakistan were given a revised total of 289 to chase in 41 overs but they never got going and crumbled under mounting required rate. India now has one foot in the semifinals as they need just 1 win of the last two games to book their place in next round.
It was a Indian batting who laid the platform with both openers Rohit Sharma (91 of 119 balls) and Shikar Dhawan (65 of 68 balls) contributing heavily early on.
Kohli and Yuvraj sigh ended the innings on a high. Pakistan never clicked while batting second and bundled out inside 34 overs for just 164.
India are set to open their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy campaign against arch rivals Pakistan in what should be the biggest game of the tournament at Edgebasten Cricket ground in Birmingham. India clearly have advantage over Pakistan when it comes to big ICC events and they will go into the match as favourites. The match starts at around 10:30 uk time and links will be available closer to the start of the game. However if you missed the live action, you can always tune in here for full match highlights afterwards.
Pakistan vs India – Group B Match ICC Champions Trophy 2017
Date: Sunday, 04 June 2017 – Time: 10:30 uk time
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
TV Channels: SkySports (UK), PTV Sports (Pakistan), DD National & StarSports (India)
Live & Highlights: We will have live links closer to the start of the match plus match highlights after the game.
India go into the match on the back of rift between captain Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble who will be serving his last month with Indian team as coach. However team director Sunil Gavasker reassured fans that rift between Captain and Coach won’t effect team’s performance in the opening game of ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan. Azhar Ali who will be captaining Pakistan labeled this as “Just another game” which can not be further than the truth. Pakistan fans want to beat India regardless Pakistan qualify for Semifinal or not, this is one game where Pakistan cricket team can give fans back home something to smile about.
Pakistan has never made it to the finals of Champions Trophy and looking at their current team and some other opponents its hard to see them even qualifying for semifinals let alone reaching or winning this tournament. However they do have unpredictability attach to their performances and on their day they can surprise anyone. On paper India are much stronger unit at the moment and Pakistan will have to play some of their best cricket to get the better of India in match where winner can set their sights on semifinal needing one win of the two remaining Group B games.
India were victorious last time these two meet in a major tournament back in 2016 ICC T20 world cup and also in the 2015 ICC cricket world Cup. Pakistan need to up their game specially in major tournaments and not crumble under pressure which they usually do when it comes to games against India in big ICC events.