India Vs Pakistan Match 4 ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Preview

The contest between the arch rivals is coming live tomorrow at Edgbaston.

India and Pakistan battle out in match number 4 of the ICC Champions Trophy tomorrow.

India will start their battle to defend their Champions Trophy title against Pakistan.

India has won 15 matches in the history of champions’ trophy. This is the most wins by any team.

Meanwhile Pakistan will look to improve their record in this competition. They have the worst record in the champions’ trophy. Pakistan has most defeats in this tournament history.

India will be playing their 1st ODI after January 2017. On the other hand Pakistan has won the ODI series against West Indies.

Although Pakistan have won pervious two matches in the Champions Trophy history but India’s win in 2013 edition will boost their confidence.

Pakistan holds the 2-1 in the champions trophy.

STATS – 

  • India Vs Pakistan head to head in ODIs – Pakistan has good record against India. In 127 matches India has won 51 and Pakistan has won 72. With 4 matches ended as no result.
  • India Vs Pakistan head to head in England – In 3 matches played so far, India has the won 2 games and Pakistan have managed to win just 1 match.  
  • India Vs Pakistan head to head in England at Edgbaston – At Edgbaston in Birmingham, both the teams have played 2 matches and both of them have 1 each.

For India a lot will depend on how the openers face the swinging conditions. Rohit Sharma and Sikhar Dhawan will have to play out of their skins to counter the pace attack of Pakistan.

India should want skipper Virat Kohli to fire in this match. Kohli had a good warm up game against New Zealand at The Oval. Kohli has won the man of the match awards against Pakistan since the Asia Cup of 2012. So he will have the psychological edge over the Pakistani bowlers. Kohli will want to start off well in his 1st match as a captain in ICC events. He will be looking to set a good example as leader in tomorrow’s game.

MS Dhoni and Yuvraj will also play an important role for India in this match and in the rest of the tournament.

Both Dhoni and Yuvi have a good record against Pakistan. They will play the role of most senior pros in this team and if they perform well with bat then India will have an outside chance to win their 1st game of the tournament.

All rounders like Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin also will have good role to play and their skills with the bat will be useful.

India’s playing XI

India’s playing XI –   

Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Ravichandran Ashwin.

For Pakistan pacer bowlers like Mohd Amir, Junaid Khan, Wahab Raiz and Shahdab Khan will set up a tone by their pace bowling.

Pace bowling is a strong asset for Pakistan over the years.

Sarfraz Khan the captain and wicketkeeper batsman, Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail and Sohaib Malik will have a huge responsibility to bat well in these England conditions.

In absence of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan, senior Player Sohaib Malik will be the senior pro in the team. he assist young and inexperienced Sarfraz Khan.

Malik will have to play a huge part to rectify their poor record in the Champions Trophy.

Playing XI of Pakistan

Playing XI of Pakistan –    

Sarfraz Khan (captain and wicketkeeper), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.

The match will be Live on Starts Sports Networks and Hotstar.

The Match starts at 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 15:00 IST

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