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:
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.
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:
Best at Champions Trophy:
India: Winners 2013; Joint-winner (with Sri Lanka) 2002
Pakistan: Semi-finalists 2009, 2004, 2000
Sunday June 18, 2017
Start time: 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT