Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Kashmir on edge ahead of India-Pakistan ICC clash

Kashmir on edge ahead of India-Pakistan ICC clash

Only viewers can decide if this high-voltage cricket battle between India and Pakistan will become the most-watched ICC match in cricket history. "I think it will be a close match", said another. A final match is happening after 10 years. I think it will be a very interesting game.

"It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final", Hussey explained.

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first global century.

"It will be a good match because even Pakistan is in good form".

Babar came out of the opener's shadows - but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57 not out) hit four fours and three sixes to power well past the 300 benchmark required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, on the other hand, had said his team has got no other option but to attack the Indian batters in order to give themselves the best possible chance to win the title. There is no doubt that India will win.

Though Pakistan will take on India as an improved side, the history is India's favour as Pakistan has won only twice against India in Champions Trophy and not a single time in World T20 and World Cup.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will be hoping to lift the ICC Champions Trophy for the second time.

· This will be the fifth time these sides would have faced off in the Champions Trophy; the record is now balanced with two victories each.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

Not many treat an India vs Pakistan match as a game, it's more like war where you can't lose.

Pakistan lost to India in their first game only to ride their luck and win against South Africa.

Kohli also indicated that he would not be making any change in the Playing XI and would go with the same team that played against Bangladesh in the semi-finals.

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