Watch Pakistan V/s India Final Live From Oval London
ICC Champions Trophy, Live Cricket Score: India vs Pakistan – The two teams face off in their first-ever 50-over final.
Two glorious anecdotes from Lord Snooty: “I have had so many calls for tickets today. It’s not Eden Gardens, today I cannot provide.”
and another one about everyone you encounter before Ind v Pak fixtures urging you to deliver.
“I remember before one ficture, my maid was serving me dinner. She put down the rice, put down the chicken… and then said ‘you must win tomorrow’.”
Wardy. debriefing, Rob Key: “did your maid say that before you would face Derbyshire?”
India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli*, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni†, KM Jadhav, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, JJ Bumrah
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
“Advantage India for me. A very big toss. Short boundaries, hard pitch, quick outfield.
“It’s not ‘just another game’. This is a final. You have to embrace it, you have to stick your chest out, you want the ball in your hand, you want to be the man.”
“Very proud of my boys, we were number eight ranked when we came here and here we are in the final.
“I would have bowled but we hope to bat well and set 300.”
Mo Amir is back in the XI.
India win the toss they will bowl
“We like to be in control with the chase. We prefer chasing. One more effort. We think the pitch will stay the same all day and we think that there might be some grass for the bowlers early on.”
India are unchanged.
Passion, pressure, expectation
Athers: “400 or 500 million watching today. When they played earlier in the tournament there were 210million in India alone!”
I hope Pakistan deliver
I expect India will.
Here’s Virat in the meanwhile.
Virat Kohli will tell his team to be neither arrogant nor “intimidated” in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final at the Ovalwhich will bring the sub-continent to a standstill.
The television audience for the match is tipped to break all records as the two countries meet for the first time in a global final.
The match will be decided by which team handles the pressure most calmly and India’s track record suggests they have the coolest heads. Their record is 13 wins and two losses against Pakistan in global tournaments including the World Cup semi-final in Mohali in 2011, the last time the two sides met in a knock-out match.
Team news and the toss coming up
The best batting side in the tournament against arguably the best bowling attack.
Good morning sports fans
What a match! How exciting. Cricket doesn’t get bigger than this, does it? India v Pakistan, a world final. And, it gives me great pleasure to relate, a glorious day in London.
What is it?
It’s the final of the Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan, who knocked England out this week, face fierce rivals India, who overcame Bangladesh in comprehensive fashion on Thursday.
When is it?
Sunday June 18.
Where is it?
The Oval, in London.
What time will it start?
The toss will be shortly after 10am, and the first ball will be bowled at 10.30am.
What’s the weather forecast?
This being England (and Wales), the competition couldn’t have gone without the weather affecting things in some way.
Indeed, rain played a significant role in Australia’s exit from the competition, but the sun has been out for the majority of this week and the forecast is great for Sunday.
The weatherman says we should expect lots of sun, highs of 30C and a low chance of any rain. Look:
What TV channel will it be on?
Sky Sports 2 will have live coverage of the match, with build up starting at 10am.
Alternatively, you can follow the match with Alan Tyers on this page.
What’s the team news?
Pace bowler Mohammad Amir is fit and will play for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday, according to coach Mickey Arthur.
A back spasm kept Amir out as Pakistan defeated hosts England brilliantly on Wednesday but Arthur is now pinning his hopes on a full-strength attack to contain India’s batsmen better than most other sides have managed so far.
“If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn’t batted much in this competition, so that’s pretty much our aim and focus,” the South African Arthur said on Saturday.
India: V Kohli (Captain), R Sharma, S Dhawan, Y Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), K Yadav, H Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, J Bumrah
Pakistan: A Ali, F Zaman, B Azam, M Hafeez, S Malik, S Ahmed (Captain, wkt), I Wasim, M Amir, S Khan, H Ali, J Khan
Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and R Kettleborough (Eng) Third umpire: R Tucker (Aus) Match referee: D Boon (Aus)
What are they saying?
Virat Kohli’s knack of dealing with the expectations of 600 million cricket-crazy India supporters will be put to the test as never before in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan.
A global broadcast audience of more than half-a-billion is being projected for Sunday’s showdown between two of the sport’s fiercest rivals.
Kohli will be cast centre stage as India captain in front of a mere 24,500 sell-out crowd at The Oval, and his primary task will be to keep his composure at the crease and in the field as the overwhelming favourites bid to retain their title.
At the age of 28, his stellar career to date has made him an expert at setting aside the scrutiny and pressure – to the tune of 27 one-day international hundreds and counting, for example.
It is quite a feat, and one which has had to be learned and honed.
“You can’t think of those things when you step on to the field,” said Kohli.
“I know there are expectations, I know there are people that expect the team and me to do well every time we play. But I understand as a player and as a person that it’s not possible.”
Instead, his personal method is to visualise success and have faith in his and his team’s ability, but not to believe in miracles.
“You have to be close to reality,” said Kohli. “This is a part of being an Indian cricketer, you have to find a way to deal with it.
“You can’t ignore it. You have to maintain a balance and then focus on what you need to do on the field.
“I think I’ve been able to strike a good balance until now and I’m sure I’ll be fine tomorrow.”
Off the pitch, he cites a selective approach to Twitter et al as a handy tactic too.
“The biggest thing is to stay off social media,” said the India captain.
“It sounds funny, but honestly it’s so important to stay away from those things – to connect to things that matter, the things that a sportsman needs to take care of.
“If you’re too distracted listening to too many suggestions or players or criticism, then you can’t focus on what you need to think as a sportsman first to be able to lead the team and then help the others in the team as well.
“The more relaxed you stay in these situations it’s a good thing, because it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally.”
What happened last time?
Yes, these teams have already played each other in this competition – it was their first match of the Champions Trophy and took place on 4 June.
India posted an impressive 319/3, before rain shortened the match and Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 to win in 41 overs. They fell well short, and were bowled out for just 164.
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What are the odds?
Pakistan – 7/4 India – 4/9
What’s our prediction?
India to win, but nowhere near as comfortably as they did last time out.