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India vs Pakistan-4TH GAME at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham
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The game will be played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham at 15:00 Indian Standard Time
The mother of cricketing clashes is upon us as India take on Pakistan on 4th June in the fourth game of ICC Champions Trophy at 15:00 IST. No tournament or competition is complete with the arch-rivals India and Pakistan going toe to toe in the greatest contest of them. Almost over a billion get glued to TV screens as Virat Kohli will be keen to maintain India hegemony in terms of consecutive wins over Pakistan in the game on Sunday.
India is defending champions as they were winners of the last edition played in England in 2013. The change of leadership means Virat Kohli will led the side to defend their crown. The side has good mix of young and experienced players. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are all experienced players and hold superb records in limited overs circuit. The 2013 edition saw Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma produce one of most destructive opening pairs in one day cricket as India went unbeaten throughout the competition to win the big trophy. Kedhar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah are all promising players who will play their first ever ICC Champions Trophy while Umesh Yadav, Ravi Ashwin, Ravendra Jadeja, Muhammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar were the part of the squad that lifted the trophy four years ago in England.
Pakistan will keep their hopes bright as their new captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be keen to end their hoodoo over arch-rivals India. The green shirts will be determined to end their winless streak in big events as Pakistan last defeated India in ICC Champions Trophy way back in 2009 in Centurion courtesy of superb hundreds by Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Yusuf.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam hold the key with the bat as the duo have been prolific scorers for Pakistan in the format. Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali might come in as openers but all depends on the conditions as if we might see newcomer Fakhar Zaman might slotted in place of Azhar for the big contest. Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez are experienced players and will be key to Pakistan getting bigger totals if openers lay down a solid foundation in the first 20 overs. The biggest surprise package has been all-rounder Fahim Ashraf who helped Pakistan pull off an improbable win over Bangladesh while chasing a target of 342 runs.
Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim are viable spin options for the side while Muhammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz are three frontline seamers for Pakistan.
Head to Head record: Total games 127: Pakistan 72 India 57 Tied 2 NR 2
The overall record is in favor of Pakistan who has won 72 games out of 127 played against India.
Record in Champions Trophy: In 3 games played, Pakistan won two games while Indian won. The last time sides met was in 2013 in England where India won comfortably against Pakistan
Likely XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Kedhar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravi Ashwin, Ravendra Jadeja, Muhammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Likely XI: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz , Muhammad Amir.
Highest Totals: 408 by England against New Zealand in 2015
Since the Last Champions Trophy game between Pakistan and India, sides batting second have won the game more than ones electing to bat first.
Top Picks for India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ravi Ashwin
Top Picks for Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Amir