So it has all come down to the mother of all games to decide the Champion of Champions for this edition. Even though this Champions trophy hasn’t been the best as many games washed out and few teams have gone out due to rain married games, still, there were some unpredictable results and upsets which have made this tournament live up to the expectation. We all can hope that the tournament lives long and not scrapped. It is more meaningful than useless bilateral series.
So coming back to today’s Final. Both teams have just faced one defeat and have made commanding performance in Semi-finals, which makes today’s game even more exciting. Pakistan after their First game defeat against India have made remarkable come back and bowled their hearts out to reach this far. On the other hand, Indian team except for their defeat against Srilanka they have played as a unit and were really strong in every aspect. But still there so few worrying factors for both.
India has done so good still lack proper Fifth bowler, Hardik cannot be trusted as he leaks runs. But if they use Kedar and Yuvi to fill that gap should be fine. One more factor is Indian middle order is not tested totally, even though it has experience if put under pressure it will be interesting to see.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have played every game expect the first game on slow surfaces. So there has been some help for bowlers, their real test will be if a flat track is offered for today’s game which is expected. Their batters also haven’t scored well immaterial of the surface anything above 260 will be a challenge for them if they chase.
So for the Indian team, if they win toss choose to field as in this tournament it has always been chasing team winning games and also India’s strength is to chase even for big games.
On the other hand, Pakistan Should try to bat first because they are poor in chasing and if the Indian team score anything close to 300 it’s very difficult to chase it.So bat first try to put runs on the board.
My Playing 11 for Indian Team: Rohit, Shikar, Virat, Yuvi, MS, Kedar, Hardik, Jaddu, Ashwin, Bhumi, Bumhra. Can’t see any changes as Virat want to stick with all-rounders than one more pure bowler in Shami.
Pakistan 11: Fakhar,Azar, Babar,Hafeez,Malik, Imad,Sarfaraz, Shadab,Amir,Hasan,Junaid.
Pic Courtesy: Naresh Denni