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India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy final, The Oval

Favourite India face Pakistan for Defend Title

London: India to be the favorite for the high-octane Champions trophy summit clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Oval, London on Sunday.

Led by Virat Kohli, India will be playing their fourth Champions Trophy final while Pakistan, having already lost to India in the league matches, their first-ever tournament decider.

Head-2-Head in ODIs:
Although Pakistan have an overall lead in the head-to-head stakes, having won 72 matches to India's 52, they have lost eight of the 10 matches the teams have played in global tournaments. In the Champions Trophy tally both teams won 2.

Previous Champions Trophy Encounter:

  1. Edgbaston, Birmingham, June 4, 2017
    India won by 124 runs (D/L Method)
  2. Edgbaston, Birmingham, June 15, 2013
    India won by eight wickets (D/L Method)
  3. SuperSport Park, Centurion, September 26, 2009
    Pakistan won by 54 runs
  4. Edgbaston, Birmingham, September 19, 2004
    Pakistan won by three wickets

Key players for each side:

India: Dhawan with 317 runs from four innings currently is the top scorer followed by Sharma who has notched up 304 runs. Kohli out only once the current season against Sri Lanka when India lost. India have scored 1098 runs at a per-batsman average of 91.50 in the tournament, which makes them by a distance the best batting side on show.

Pakistan: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been ruled fit for selection for the Champions Trophy final against India. A back spasm had ruled Amir out of the semi-final against England on June 14, after he failed a fitness test shortly before the toss. Junaid Khan has dismissed Kohli three times, and conceded only two runs to him.

Teams from:

India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), MS Dhoni (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (Capt. & wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan

Stats and trivia:

  • MS Dhoni averages 58.38 against Pakistan with two centuries and nine fifties.
  • Junaid Khan has taken eight wickets at an average of 21.50 in five matches against India.

Best at Champions Trophy:
India: Winners 2013; Joint-winner (with Sri Lanka) 2002
Pakistan: Semi-finalists 2009, 2004, 2000

Match facts
Sunday June 18, 2017
Start time: 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT

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