We are reaching the end of the champions trophy and as expected it was heck of a tournament, though only few games proved to be a nail bitters while others were spoiled due to rain. Whatever be the course of the tournament but the final will be always cherished and remembered as it is supposed to be the most iconic final ever. In cricket there is no better off-field script than the India vs Pakistan match, they have fought and lived together. And both teams are much supported by their die hard fan. Both teams began their tournament against each other where Pakistan went on losing the match. But after that they have passed on every level to reach the final of the tournament riding on the form of young talents Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali. India on the other hand despite falling against Sri Lanka have looked dominant against all opponent in all form of the game. Brace yourselves from seing memes about this final on social media where a defending champion and firm favorite will face a rejuvenated team.
What: India vs Pakistan, Champions trophy, Final, 18th June, 15:00 IST
Where: The Oval, London
What to expect: expectations are for the fully sunny day with full game of cricket, pitch will be helpful to batsman and reverse swing.
India: Ashwin was seing with fully taped right knee during practice sessions and if he is ruled out than Umesh Yadav who took three wickets against Pakistan in the opening game will take his place. Apart from this forced change there would not much to be tinker with the line up.
Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin/Umesh Yadav,10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Mohammad Amir is fit again to play in the epic finale, which means rumman Raees who had an excellent debut will miss out to play the match.
Probable XI: 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Amir, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
Players to be in Spotlight:
Shikhar Dhawan: with an average nearing 80 and tally of 317 runs, no other players have shown such an appetite for runs in the tournament as Shikhar Dhawan. Indian dominance is much more due to his heroics with the bat. He would love to continue his form and score more runs for his team.
Hasan Ali: the campaign of eighth ranked Pakistan team have been rightly kicked off due to their fourth best bowler Hasan Ali. Who have been at his phenomenal best to deliver spell of his life. Having taken 10 wickets he would surely win the golden ball award of the tournament.
Match Prediction: India are the firm favorite to win the match but they must be aware of the fact how Pakistan have transformed themselves into a match winners.