India to take on Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final on Sunday

It is only the second time that India and Pakistan meet in the final of an ICC tournament. India had trounced Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. But Pakistan have recovered well to defeat South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to reach the final.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 15, 2017 11:20 pm
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It will be India against arch-rivals Pakistan once again in the ICC Champions Trophy. It is only the second time that the two teams are meeting in the final of an ICC tournament. While India were one of the favourites to reach this stage of the tournament and more, Pakistan have defied expectations by being one of the two teams left standing in England.

India and Pakistan had played each other in the final of the 2007 ICC World T20. It was a match that turned out to be one of the many classic encounters that the two sides have had across formats. India batted first and made a total of 157 for Pakistan to chase. Their total was powered by a 54 ball 75 from Gautam Gambhir and a lower order surge led by a young Rohit Sharma.

The hero of the match, though, turned out to be pacers Irfan Pathan and Joginder Sharma. Pakistan kept the scoreboard ticking but also kept losing wickets. RP Singh and Irfan Pathan ended with three wickets apiece. MS Dhoni then tossed the ball to Joginder Sharma for the last over of the match in which Pakistan needed 13 to win. The pacer repaid the faith laid on him by his skipper as he took the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq off the third ball and India won the inaugural World T20I title.

In the 2017 Champions Trophy group match, though, it was a far more uneven contest. India batted first in a rain-affected match that gave them just 48 overs to bat from. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawana and later Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh ensured that they made the most of it and made a total of 320 for Pakistan to chase. It was further curtailed to 289 off 41 overs due to further rains. They ended up falling 124 runs short of that target. But Pakistan have since recovered well, recording victories against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England. The latter was a statement of intent as they blew away England who were one of the tournament favourites.

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    Harry Porter
    Jun 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    Laanat Hindustan pay utni jitnay is main banday , Lagtay hain insaan magar hain gaye maata kay bacchay, chhoti chhoti sochain in ki filmon kay hain hero, zulm o sitam kay maahir buzdil dil hain kaalay warqay. dil, dimagh o surat par hain andhairon kay dairay , jhoot faraib kay doodh palay hain yeh arbon mushtanday. ganday jazbon ki hai nahusat aisi saamnay rakho , africa key kaalay lagay hain shehzaaday hon jaisay, aadha zoo bhagwaan hai in ka yeh un kay hain pujaari , soch bichaar say aari bilkul kaam hain n jaisay Cuture in ka nangi filmain , jhootay waaday, daru ---- naach o gana , khoon ki holi,saazish say pur dramay Qismet jalnay ki lay kar yeh paida huay hain kaalay --- dunya main, chitaa main , akhirat main bhi baychaaray, zulm o sitam Kashmir pay sattar saal say kartay aye , Chankya ki aulaadain hain ye waaday torh kay baithay Hai taqdeer main zillat in kay stan kay haathon , Mazloomon pay zulm ka badla lay kay rahain waisay.. ek ek zulm pay sau sau jootay
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      AAP wala
      Jun 16, 2017 at 11:42 am
      It doesn't matter who is going to win India or stan. Cricket must win this time hope to see a good match between two nations. A match without unnecessary aggression by the players or supporters must be witnessed by the world...
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        Aftab K
        Jun 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm
        Totally agree, would be great to see a good match pla with mutual respect enjoying great cricket, unfortunately throwing abuse ( from both sides) seems more fashionable these days. As a stan fan I am happy to admit current India on day team is better than ours due to far superior batting but Pak bowling has always been better ( even though this is a weaker one that some in the past). Just watching Rohit Sharma bat yesterday was like watching a great work of art, absolutely glorious and a pleasure, though all Pak fans hoping he and Virat have an off day in the final :-)
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        aaditya
        Jun 16, 2017 at 11:32 am
        Mauka Mauka | INDIA VS STAN | ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final | English Nahi Aati s: /watch?v KvxwQE2En-k
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          Damodar Biswal
          Jun 16, 2017 at 11:14 am
          If India plays without pressure,there is no reason why it can not win.But stn should not be underestimated.Nonetheless, any thing may happen in ODI.
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            AAP wala
            Jun 16, 2017 at 11:43 am
            agree with u
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            Binode Kripalani
            Jun 16, 2017 at 7:49 am
            The Final between India vs stan to be pla on 18th of this month June 2017. Indian Players have left a strong impression about their win after their match against Bangladesh. Although stan also pla with a strong hold against England. But as per Numerology India holds a very good chance of winning the final. We can see from both the team members the following players will excel in batting,fielding and bowling. if their birth number/name number,and fate number. falls as single number 1,9,7.
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              Mansoor Ahmed
              Jun 16, 2017 at 3:37 am
              Inshallah s will beat India
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                Mansoor Ahmed
                Jun 16, 2017 at 3:39 am
                INSHLLALLAH stan will beat india
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                  Mansoor Ahmed
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 3:41 am
                  stan will wine final on Sunday
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                  Damodar Biswal
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 11:18 am
                  Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainty.Any thing may happen.The team which plays well on the given day will win.It may be India.It may be stan.But there should not be fight among the supporters.As an Indian I would love to see an Indian win.
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                    Mohamed sharjeel
                    Jun 16, 2017 at 11:44 am
                    Allah hamara sath bi hai , mere naam bi mohamed hai.... INDIA ... INDIA...
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                      Harry Porter
                      Jun 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm
                      Allah tumharay saath kis khaatay main hai? Kashmirion par zulm karnay kat baawajood tumhain sharam naheen aati yeh kehtay huay? ab to gosht bhi naheen kha saktay. Hindustani muslaman bhi bus bakri hain!!
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