Sunday, 18 June 2017

India vs Pakistan Live Cricket Score, Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Shoaib Malik Falls, Crucial Wicket for Kohli & Co

LATEST UPDATE: Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns to the attack and straightaway provides India the breakthrough as he dismisses Shoaib Malik for 12.


IND vs PAK PREVIEW: A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at the Oval on Sunday. Pakistan have been badly bruised against India this series in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. India may be ahead against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by an 8-2 margin, but in all ODI tournament finals Pakistan holds a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head battle against India.

With Pakistan's front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team's bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting 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 lethal partnerships.

India, on the other side have looked a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan. In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target. 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.

OVER 41: PAK 257/3 (Babar Azam 44* Mohammad Hafeez 9*)           

Warnie: "Pakistan will need to just knock it around for a couple of overs, they cannot go yet."
Hafeez smashes his first ball for four.
Warnie: "Or just whack it!"
Jadeja on, Hafeez down the track to slam it for four. Now Ravi too straight, Mo laps that for four. Another pre-planned sweep a ball later. A ten-run over.

OVER 40: PAK 247/3 (Babar Azam 43* Mohammad Hafeez 0*)          

A very useful over for India, to say the least. A run and a wicket.

WICKET! Shoaib Malik c Jadhav b Kumar 12

You bet your Bhuvneshwar he can! Digs it in short, it's never there for the shot and Shoaib Malik attempts a sort of tennis shot, succeeding only in scooping it into the hands of deep extra cover. FOW 247/3

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is coming back on 

Can he winkle one out?

CONDITIONS: Another batting paradise is expected and will help the batsmen play their shots on the up. The weather is expected to be clear and there should be no rain-induced interruptions. But then, one never knows with the English weather and there could be a couple of rain interruptions.

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

Pakistan Squad(From): Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Fahim Ashraf, Ahmed Shehzad