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Jun 15, 2017 – Now
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur
“It’s been an up and down ride for us but I’m so proud of the boys. The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India.
“That was an aberration. We want to be more consistent as a team. We will work really hard to keep this momentum going.”
Shoaib Malik on what this means back home
It’s very tough to describe. Back home, the roads are blocked because people are dancing even though we have Ramadan.
OVER 29: IND 156/9 (Kumar 0* Bumrah 0*)
Bumrah gamely survives the rest of the over but it’s just delaying what will be one HECK of a celebration.
WICKET! Ashwin c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 1
Another one! This time it’s Ashwin, feathering behind, and India are just one wicket away from a complete pasting. FOW 156/9
OVER 27: IND 154/7 (Jadeja 15* Ashwin 0*)
Not one of Jadeja’s most distinguished performances, a fine catch notwithstanding. Walloped all over the park with the ball. “Looks a bit lazy with his batting, Jadeja. He’s not backing up at the non-striker’s end,” says Ricky Ponting. “You have to help your teammate out. Poor cricket. There’s no point in being disappointed now. He has run one of the young players out, now he need to stand up and be counted. When a player starts being lazy, it’s funny how things can creep in [poor shots etc].”
WICKET! Pandya run out 76
Sarfraz returns to his quicks, it’s Hasan Ali. And it brings about a wicket, although India very much the architects of their own downfall .A complete mix-up, awful for India, and the real worst of it is that the dangerman Pandya is the one who has to go. Both batsmen running to the same end, total #headsgone, and that really surely is the end.
Jadeja struck it into the covers, set off for a couple of paces, didn’t seem to call as far as I could tell. Couple of strides, then he stopped. Jadeja, as the striker, surely the culprit. Anyway. Amatuerish really, and a shame, because Pandya was keeping this alive as a contest. Just. But surely no more. FOW 152/7
OVER 25: IND 134/6 (Pandya 63* Jadeja 11*)
Showing faith in the leggie, Sarfraz asks Shadab to continue. This over goes not for 23, but for just three. Pakistan are getting through these overs.
202 runs required from 25 overs, so that’s a click over eight an over. BUT while this partnership is together -woth 66 at eight an over… well, you never know.
OVER 23: IND 128/6 (Pandya 59* Jadeja 6*)
How about a 23-run over? Reckon that’ll help? He’s mashed the leg-spinner for three sixes. Cow corner, long on, and then another slog for six. A fifty for him, the fastest in an ICC final I believe.
OVER 15: IND 62/5 (Jadhav 5* Pandya 2*) 277 needed from 35 overs
Jadhav cracks Shadab for a four.
OVER 14: IND 55/5 (Jadhav 0* Pandya 1*)
No greater front-runner in world sport than the Pakistan cricket team, they are absolutely at it and the Boys In Green are playing like supermen right now. Pandya crushes the ball through backward point, and young Shadab produces a world-class bit of fielding to deny him a run.
Sun 18 Jun
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WICKET! Dhoni c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 4
Pakistan’s cup runneth over, and we are witnessing one of the great moments in Pakistan – hell, world – cricket history. The mighty India are in disarray, short ball into the ribs of Dhoni, who pulls it… but he’s cramped, a good tight line, and MSD has wafted it to the man halfway back on the legside. FOW 54/5
WICKET! Yuvraj lbw Shadab 22
Teenage leg-spin sensation Shadab comes on… and soon has an LBW shout v Yuvi Singh. He’s prodded forward…
…given not out…
But I think perhaps Richard Kettleborough thinks it was pad first. Well, it ain’t…
And the rest of the case against Mr Singh looks open and shut!
He’s gone! Yuvraj falls to the leggie. FOW 54/4
OVER 12: IND 50/3 (Yuvraj 21* Dhoni 1*)
The Hafeez eggsberryment did not work, so here is Hassan Ali. Nice to be able to bring on the best bowler of the tournament second change, right? Dhoni very much taking his time, that’s ten balls now for one run.
OVER 10: IND 47/3 (Yuvraj 18* Dhoni 1*)
If you’re Yuvi, who do you want to face here? The hostile pace of Junaid… or the occasional off-spin of Mo Hafeez. Sarfraz may have got the wrong answer to this question. Yuvi in his element, down the pitch to crunch a four. Uses the feet again to manufacture a full toss, and a four. Feasts on a short ball for a third boundary and that’s a welcome momentum-shifter for India.
OVER 9: IND 33/3 (Yuvraj 6*)
That off the last ball of the over. I wonder if Sarfraz will keep Amir on, go for the kill here and now?
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Sun 18 Jun
OVER 5: IND 16/2 (Dhawan 10* Yuvraj 1*)
Dhawan flicks off the pad. Yuvi turns down an easy single. Dhawan gives him A Look. But now India begin the long, long fightback. Amir with the short ball, smashed away defiantly by Dhawan. The same batsman now picks the slower ball next delivery, and slots that through the covers.Another four. Now the flashing blade, and a ball flies just over young Shadab at backward point.
Sun 18 Jun
OVER 3: IND 7/2 (Dhawan 1* Yuvraj 1*)
“How important will that be?” is the inevitable response from the commentator.
And then next ball, Virat spanks it to point.
Nasser Hussain: “Not very important at all! That is Pakistan cricket at its best. Down one minute, up the next.”
Wonderful scenes. India are on the ropes, their greatest enemy rampant, their leader fallen. What can this talented Indian team produce from here? Mohammad Amir, back in the side after missing the semi, back in the city of his disgrace, shows his utter class with two superlative overs of left-arm fast-bowling.
OVER 2: IND 4/1 (Dhawan 1* Kohli 3*)
Brilliant from Amir. And his fellow left-armer Junaid Khan keeps the pressure on with a probing, tight over. If any batsman can claim to have Virat’s number it is Junaid. He has bowled 22 balls to the great man in ODIs and has had his wicket THREE times for just two runs scored.
OVER 1: IND 2/1 (Dhawan 0* Kohli 2*)
A magnificent opening over from Pakistan’s ace. He’d already had a nibble of Sharma’s inside edge. Kohli refuses to be dominated, although he is beaten neck and crop by his first ball, the slider across him. Drills down the ground but it’s tigerishly fielded by old man Malik – that is a good sign. Virat scampers off his pads for two.
WICKET! Rohit Sharma lbw Amir 0
Oh he’s got him! Vintage Mo Amir, vintage left-arm over the wicket, moving viciously back into the right hander. The great Wasim himself could not have improved upon that one. Full, quick, moving late. Rohit considers a review for some time, but eventually the clock runs out. FOW 0/1
The umpire could have made a case not to give that, but it looked out to me on first viewing.
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OVER 50: PAK 338/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 57* Imad Wasim 25*)
Ball one: excellent yorker. Stabbed for one by Imad.
Ball two: full, wide, Hafeez can only play it back to the bowler.
Ball three: Nailed! Hello! Back down the ground for six.
Ball four: Smeared for a single.
Ball five: Imad cannot do anything with a bouncer.
Ball six: Dug in, tennis shot over his head for just one.
All in all, there are nine off the over. Well done, Bhuvi Kumar. Fine, fine bowling today, finishes with 1/44 off his ten with two maidens.
OVER 49: PAK 329/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 50* Imad Wasim 23*)
24 off the last three overs. There are 12 balls left. Pakistan need a minimum of a run a ball. Fifty stand is up, in a warm order – but not quite the total assault Pakistan would have fancied. Imad Wasim backs away a country mile and Bumrah follows him. Just a leg bye. Bumrah now with a yorker, Hafeez jams the bat down. The ball rolls back and hits the stumps. Like, really hard. The bail leaps in the air and then settles back in the groove. Well I never.
So just two runs off the first three balls. But Bumrah bowls a no ball. Oooh dear. But he redeems himself, Hafeez cannot reach the ropes off the freehit. And now another no ball. But again, Pakistan (Wasim this time) cannot get it away. All in all, there are 11 runs off the over, but no boundary, but two no balls bowled. I think BOTH sides will be annoyed after that one!
Hafeez, btw has his fifty. in a brisk 34 balls.
So, it’s 329 with an over left. Bhu Kumar the man.
OVER 48: PAK 318/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 46* Imad Wasim 20*)
Classy death bowling, this, from B Kumar. Working the blockhole for Imad Wasim. After four singles, Wasim attempts a reverse pull against a short ball, and gets just a clang on his head and a leg by for his troubles. That leaves Hafeez on strike, and he can do nothing with the slower ball. A priceless dot. Just five off the over and that is really a first-rate effort from Kumar.
OVER 47: PAK 313/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 44* Imad Wasim 18*)
Jasprit Bumrha. A trio of singles. Bumrah mixing it well. Now the slower ball – and Imad has smashed it. Pandya only had ten yards to move at straight hit and he was never even close to it. Annoyingly, Imad now tries a rinky-dinky reverse sweep and misses. Never mind about that. Just muller it lad!
OVER 46: PAK 305/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 42* Imad Wasim 12*)
And now BhuKu is getting the treatment! Length ball has gone the full distance. Six. That forms the centrepiece of an 11 run over. Some iffy Pakistan running, again.
Pakistan are on course for a major score here. 24 balls left. Eight an over would give them 337. What can Bumrah and Kumar do to peg them back?
OVER 45: PAK 294/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 32* Imad Wasim 11*)
Grown greedy from that spawny Jadhav wicket, Kohli risks another circuit around the dining room with the sweet trolley – and this time Hafeez gets tucked in to Jadav’s right-arm whatever-it-is. Six down the ground! Game effort from Pandya on the rope. Wasim also helps himself, getting his front leg out the way, launches it for another maximum. 16 off the over – how crucial might that be?
OVER 43: PAK 270/4 (Mohammad Hafeez 18* Imad Wasim 1*)
And still Sarfraz keeps himself back. Instead sends in Imad, I guess hoping that Imad can wallop a few.
WICKET! Babar Azam c Yuvraj Singh b Jadhav 46
Oh would you believe it?! Jadhav has picked one up with his right-arm filth. Hafeez manages just one run off two dirty balls, and Babar then smears a nothing delivery to wide long off. Desperate stuff from Babar. FOW 267/4
OVER 42: PAK 266/3 (Babar Azam 46* Mohammad Hafeez 15*)
If India win this, B Kumar should be in for man of the match, no matter what the batting does. Six overs two maidens one for 11 so far, the pick of the bowlers by a country mile.
If he can produce four more good overs, Pakistan will not feel they have enough.
BUT Hafeez has nailed him here! Only the second boundary off Kumar, swatted through midwicket. No further heavy metal though in that over, nine off it in total.
OVER 41: PAK 257/3 (Babar Azam 44* Mohammad Hafeez 9*)
Warnie: “Pakistan will need to just knock it around for a couple of overs, they cannot go yet.”
Hafeez smashes his first ball for four.
Warnie: “Or just whack it!”
Jadeja on, Hafeez down the track to slam it for four. Now Ravi too straight, Mo laps that for four. Another pre-planned sweep a ball later. A ten-run over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is coming back on
Can he winkle one out?
OVER 39: PAK 246/2 (Babar Azam 42* Shoaib Malik 12*)
And here is Kedar Jadhav. Extraordinary stuff, military medium bowled with a flat, round arm. Like a baseball submarine pitcher, or as Shane Warne has it, “right arm under”. Couple of wides in there, a few singles. But Shoaib slaps a pie straight to the cover fielder – that should have been out of the park. All in all, seven off the over is far from a disaster.
OVER 38: PAK 239/2 (Babar Azam 39* Shoaib Malik 10*)
Pandya to complete his spell. Not such a good over, this has put a dent in his figures. Short and wide. Crunched behind point. Short and a bit legside. Four behind square leg. Babar the man both times. A wide, some ones and twos, and that’s a handy 12-run over.
So Pandya is done, 1-53. Ashwin is done, 0-70.
Kumar has bowled five, Bumrah six. You can reasonably assume each will bowl his quota, but that would be nine overs unchanged at the death. Jadeja has three overs left but has not looked much of a threat.
Kohli is going to need a couple of overs out of Kedar Jadhav.
OVER 37: PAK 227/2 (Babar Azam 28* Shoaib Malik 10*)
Jadeja returns, not too sure why Bumrah only had the one there. A regrettable interlude on Sky Sports 2 while some golf man comes on and tells us about golf. Dear me no. Golf is common, and certainly should not be interrupting cricket.I think it was a production error as he is suddenly, mercifully cut off in mid description of an eagle, or a birdie, or an off-colour joke that someone just said on the 19th hole or whatever it is that they do.
Anyway. Shoaib Malik down the track to wallop Jadeja! Yes Shoaib!
OVER 34: PAK 202/2 (Babar Azam 12* Shoaib Malik 2*)
Shoaib Malik comes in, promoted up the card. And this is a key moment in the match. 101 balls left as the veteran Malik comes in. Pakistan need a run off each of them at the bare minimum. Neither Shoaib, nor the becalmed Babar, can get any action going in this over.
WICKET! Fakhar c Jadeja b Pandya 114
Ah, and that is what now! Fakhar slogs, slices, and it is an absolutely exceptional catch from Ravi Jadeja running back at point and catching it as it drops over his shoulder. What a fielder that guy is. Minerals. FOW 200/2
OVER 33: PAK 200/1 (Fakhar 114* Babar Azam 11*)
Ashwin. So attacking, so relentlessly aggressive in Tests. But he’s not really looking to turn it today – he has hardly used his off-break. Only really trying flight and length to ask questions, not laterally movement. Tosses it up to Fakhar and he pings it for six! Three singles to go with it.
What now for India?
OVER 31: PAK 186/1 (Fakhar 103* Babar Azam 8*)
Fakhar sweeps Ashwin, down early, had a plan, executed it. And it brings up one of the most exciting, pumped, hundreds you will ever see. Caught off a no ball on 7, ran out his partner, and has also flayed the ball hither and yon with some outrageous, unconventional hitting.
Lofts the ball over cover for two now, and then gets another stroke of luck when he Harrow drives the ball past his stumps. Ooof. Let’s all gather ourselves over drinks.
OVER 30: PAK 179/1 (Fakhar 96* Babar Azam 8*)
Babar has faced 11 of the last 15 deliveries, and that inequality of opportunity has put the handbrake on the growth rate. Pandya with another tidy over, three runs. 19 balls Babar has used for his eight runs so far. Not a problem if he now kicks on, but…
OVER 28: PAK 175/1 (Fakhar 94* Babar Azam 7*)
Kohli needs to stem the flow here. He managed to get six overs out of Kedar Jadhav for just 22 runs against Bangladesh but he dare not risk his part-timer/sixth bowler against Fakhar. Instead, he turns back to Pandya. Short ball. Fakhar is a compulsive, although not accomplished, hooker and he has gloved it over the keeper for four. Pandya beats Babar outside off. Eight off the over, comparative calm.
OVER 27: PAK 167/1 (Fakhar 89* Babar Azam 4*)
And now R Ashwin feels the wrath of Fakhar. Down the pitch and plays an outrageous slash back over the bowler, not one you’ll find in the coaching manual but by god he got his eye on it. Six! Now he carves the ball through third man for four and that’s 33 runs off the last 12 balls. Woof.
OVER 26: PAK 150/1 (Fakhar 76* Babar Azam 2*)
Fakhar Zaman has come back at India though with a magnificent assault. Down the track to Jadeja – this chap uses his feet very well against the spinners – and he larups him for six. Next ball, Jadeja hustles the ball quicker and shorter, and Zaman sees that coming too, clumps it behind point. Four. Later in the over, he again plays the big shot, not fully timed, but no man out at cover so it is just a matter of clearing the infield. He does, that’s four, that’s 16 off the over, and that’s 150 up. He owes his side a few after having run out his opening partner, but Fakhar is doing everything he can to pay off that debt.
OVER 23: PAK 128/1 (Fakhar 56*)
AZHAR ALI RUN OUT 59
I hate to say it, but it’s a classic self-inflicted wound by Pakistan. Awful. So stupid.
Azhar turns the ball through midwicket and there’s an easy one there. Azhar sets off, but Fakhar is ball-watching at the non-striker’s end. He just stands there as the man at midwicket, Bumrah, gathers, slowly and clumsily, but he has time to throw to Dhoni who does the rest. Fakhar doesn’t do the decent thing, and Azhar is the man who has to go. Shot in foot. FOW 128/1
OVER 20: PAK 114/0 (Azhar 50* Fakhar 51*)
Fakhar has played two very clever, very neat shots in that over. Backs away to give himself room for a cut four. And now he pings another cut, read the length very well. Yuvraj makes a horlicks of the fielding at backward point. That gives him a well-earned fifty.
And his partner Azhar has also passed that landmark in this over. India need something.
Hooliganism blights our game once again.
OVER 17: PAK 93/0 (Azhar 44* Fakhar 36*)
Azhar Ali down the track, gamboling like a spring lamb, gambling on the big shot over the top. Gets it off the splice, or at least the sticker, and it thuds safely just 25 yards from the bat with fielders converging. Bowler AndyaPandya laughs mirthlessly at the batsman’s fortune.
And that takes us to drinks, a hugely entertaining fixture so far, with adrenaline playing every much as big a role as skill. Some big shots, some stupid running, a ‘wicket’ off a no ball.
OVER 16: PAK 90/0 (Azhar 42* Fakhar 35*)
And Sir Jadeja is a nice man to be able to call upon for Virat. So much talent throughout this team. A more, conventional, you might say over as this pair work him calmly for singles, the fielding is good, the bowling tidy.
OVER 15: PAK 86/0 (Azhar 40* Fakhar 33*)
A change of bowling, Pandya into the attack, and it very nearly pays off right away. Decent pill shaping back in, no inside edge, and that’s a really tight (and, IMHO, good) decision from the umpire to give that not out. All hail Richard Kettleborough.
Now Azhar crunches a four through point, there are eight off the over and, you know what, India need a wicket.
OVER 13: PAK 74/0 (Azhar 33* Fakhar 29*)
Pakistan continue to tickle the feet of the God of Run Outs. This time, it’s Azhar knocking the ball towards Yuvraj and setting off. Powderpuff throw from Yuvi is well wide. Next delivery, Fakhar gives HH Pandya a chance to have a go, but AndyaPandya is not troubling the scorers either. Oh, Pakistan. Never change.
OVER 12: PAK 69/0 (Azhar 31* Fakhar 27*)
Pakistan flirting with an idiotic runout here. There’s one out to the man in the deep, but then the openers set off, hesitate, yes, no, wait. They get back on this occasion but I have to say, it feels like calamity is waiting in the wings. But this is more like it! Fakhar down the pitch and he absolutely butchers this through midwicket. Shot!
OVER 11: PAK 63/0 (Azhar 30* Fakhar 22*)
Bumrah returns. Kohli cannot risk a part-timer here, Pakistan could really get away. Talking of risk, this is a suicidal run from Azhar. Hits it straight to Rohit Sharma at midwicket and he has all the time you could ask for to set himself and throw at the bowler’s end stumps. Misses. India have had a couple of run out chances.
Fakhar celebrates the team’s reprieve with a drive down the ground for four.
OVER 10: PAK 56/0 (Azhar 29* Fakhar 16*)
Azhar nails a sweep, Ashwin not yet at his brilliant best. In Ponting’s words, “both teams will be fairly happy so far” and I can see what he means. Good lines have kept Fakhar quiet, no room to free his hands. Kumar parsimonious. On the other hand, Ashwin not quite at his best, and ten overs without loss for 56 represents a perfectly acceptable start having been put in.
OVER 9: PAK 48/0 (Azhar 23* Fakhar 14*)
B Kumar is bowling some classy, classy stuff. Fakhar hasnae got a scooby-do about that bouncer. The pay-off delivery, the full one on off-stump, draws a murmur of appreciation from commentator RT Ponting. This is a classy maiden. Kumar five overs two maiden no wicket for ten. Can’t say fairer than that.
OVER 6: PAK 36/0 (Azhar 15* Fakhar 12*)
Both sides struggling with the pressure? Bumrah too wide, and Azhar slashes it away through third man. Now a dreadful heave-and-a-miss. Lucky to survive. A wide. A legside ball, sent on its way to fine leg for four. This is frantic, exciting, error-filled stuff so far.
Bumrah has a wicket – oh no he doesn’t! It’s a no ball
Awful shot from Fakhar Zaman, slashing giddily, and he’s easily caught. But they check the front foot, and that is a no ball.
Lady in the crowd enjoyed it greatly.
This is a bonkers over. Next ball, for the freehit, Fakhar Zaman manages to somehow nutmeg himself to a legside ball. Then he chops past his own stumps for four. After a single, Azhar baseball bats it back down the ground for a four. Now another legside wide. Ends with a slowie.
He delivered nine balls for 12 runs there.
OVER 3: PAK 7/0 (Azhar 3* Fakhar 3*)
Suggestions of jitters in this Pakistan opening pair. Azhar Ali edges wide of the second slip, didn’t play that especially well. Now Fakhar drops and goes! This is a mad run! Would have been curtains with a direct hit from Jadhav. Another tight, but this time legit, single. Nerves are jangling.
OVER 2: PAK 3/0 (Azhar 1* Fakhar 1*)
Jasprit Burmrah takes the other new ball, his distinctive ramrod straight arm, at a very low angle. Unique. Gets good seam position and some swing. Hits Fakhar on the pads with an inswinging full toss first ball but makes a fool of himself with an LBW appeal – it would have missed leg stump by ten inches. Wide next ball down leg. Gradually gets the radar going. Couple of singles.
OVER 1: PAK 0/0 (Azhar 0* Fakhar 0*)
Azhar to face. Kumar is pitching it up, looking for swing. Azhar gets an inside edge into his pads second ball. Unable to line up the bowler. Manages to connect with a couple but picks out men in the cover. It’s a maiden to start with! Bit of swing both in and out at modest pace from this archetypal English swing merchant.
It is the admirable Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl on a hard, brown pitch. If anyone can swing it conventionally it’ll be BhuKu.
Here come the Pakistan openers
The ground is wreathed in firework smoke. “Ooooh-Ravi-Ja-de-ja” rings out from the Indian fans, to the tune of
“Oooh, Michael Van Gerwen” “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes.
Two absolute belters. India first up. Lovely stirring, tremendous stuff. I’ve awarded seven out of a possible five stars.
Pakistan next. Excellent use of trumpets, a nice undercurrent melody in the left hand as well at points. Seven stars as well.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can read the full match report here.
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.
PSL Cricket News Headlines of Live match Peshawar Zalmi VS Quetta Gladiators
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PSL 2017 21th Match Live Score
|Pakistan Super League, 1st Qualifying Final: Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators at Sharjah, Feb 28, 2017|
|Quetta Gladiators 200/7 (20/20 Overs)|
|Peshawar Zalmi 16/2 (2.5/20 Overs)|
|Peshawar Zalmi require another 185 runs with 8 wickets and 17.1 overs remaining|
Cricket PSL 2017 Live Score card
Peshawar Zalmi Batting
Kamran Akmal Out
Zalmi needs 201 Runs to win
Quetta Gladiators Batting
Quetta Gladiators scored 200 / Peshawar Zalmi needs 201 runs to win for 20 overs.
KV Catch Out
Kevin Petrison and Ahmad Shehzad Partnership
Kevin Petrison (40)
Ahmad Shehzad (71)
PSL Cricket News Headlines of Live match Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United
Islamabad United Wins the 1st PSL 2017 Match against Peshawar Zalmi from 7 Wickets
Brad haddin Man of the Match for HBL PSL 2017 1st match Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi
Brad Haddin Scored 73 out of 39 balls with 7 dot balls
Brad Haddin got Man of the match prize of $2500 from HBL PSL 2017 Organizer
Brad Haddin QMobile Selfie Moments and got $4500 cash prize from Q Mobile officials
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Islamabad United Won the Toss.
PSL Headline News of Peshawar Zalmi vs Islamabad United
Kamran Akmal Hitted his First Fiftey of PSL against Islamabad United (PSL HeadLines)
Balled by Miller Catched By Imran of Islamabad United
Eoin Morgan is the New Batsman
Eoin Morgan The 3rd Batsman Of Peshawar Zalmi Gone for 1 on three Balls (OUT)
Kamran Akmal Standing 76 out of 42 (Standing)
Haris 3 out of 3 Balls (Standing)
Kamran Akmal on his try for try for century against Islamabad United
Kamran Akmal Gone on 88 of 43 Balls (Out)
Kamran Akmal catched on Ball of Sami..
Sammy and Haris (Playing)
Shehzad Roy Live on PSL
Here Comes the Boom Boom Shahid Afridi is on Bat Now
17th Over 2nd Ball Afridi is facing
Ohh Keeper Missed the catch of Shahid Afridi, Lala took a double.
3rd ball, Afridi single
4th Ball Afridi facining
Islamabad United Coach Retired Fast Baller and Captain of Pakistan was smilling on Afridi’s catch by Misbah ul Haq
OMG 5th Ball of 17th over and Haris got Catch bowled by Shane Watson.
Iftikhar is the new Batsman (Peshawar Zalmi)
Watson on Hatrick
And he missed that
Another wicket of Peshawar Zalmi’s Batsman Iftikhar on 18.5 overs
Shane Watson’s worst over of the first match of PSL
4, 1, wd 4, wd wd OMG Wicket (catched) 1, 6 on Last Ball
Peshawar 190 for 20 Overs
Islamabad Needs 191 to win
Islamabad United Batting PSL Live
Sharjeel and Smith (Opners)
4,0,4,1,1,4 = 14 Runs
Sharjeel Khan Catched on slip, a very good ball by hassan (OUT)
New Batsman Haddin
2nd Over: 19 for 1
OMG Sammy dropped the easy catch of smith
good ball by Jordan and here goes a (4)
3 overs: Out. 1,1, – , 4, 1
There was a clear no Ball which wasn’t given by empire.
miss – 1
5th Over: Junaid is the Bowler 0-15
Brilliant over by Junaid just only 2 for 6 Balls
6th Over: Jordan
4, 1, 0, 0, 1,1
Islamabad needs 149 runs in 85 Balls
7th Over: Shahid Afridi
4, 6, 1, 2, 0 0
8th Over: Sammy
1, 0, 1, 1, 0, 6
9th Over: Shahid Afridi
Islamabad needs 116 runs for 64 Balls
4, 1, dot, 4
Match Stopped due to rain Shahid Afridi was bowling 9.4 overs spent 10.2 overs left.
11th Over: Shahid Afridi
1, 1 (2, singles on last 2 balls
12th Over: Hasan
1, 6, 2, 1, 1, 1
13th Over: Junaid
72 Runs in 36 balls (Haddin) playing
Islamabad Needs 50 Runs in 27 Balls