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21:28   Pakistan crush India to win ICC Champions Trophy


India 158-all out (30.3 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

A dominant Pakistan outclassed India by 183 runs in the final to win the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval in London on Sunday.

Mohammed Amir came up with a devastating first spell in which he claimed the top three Indian batsmen -- Rohit Sharma (0), Virat Kohli (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) to set the tone for his team.

Hardik Pandya hit a quickfire 76 fom 43 balls but there was no other meaningful contributions as India folded for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs.

Earlier, Fakhar Zaman had capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four after they had been put into bat.

India will feel aggrieved as 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 reach his first international century.

Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.

Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57.
21:26   Pakistan crush India to win ICC Champions Trophy


India 158-all out (30.2 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Jadeja, who could have sacrificed his wicket during the Pandya run out, has struggled to get going.

And his painful stint is ended by Junaid, as he is caught at first slip off an edge after scoring 15 from 26 balls.

Pacer Hasan strikes in the next over with the wicket of Ashwin, who plays from the crease to get an edge and is caught behind for one.

He nearly cleans up Jasprit Bumrah two balls later as he plays from the crease and is beaten by the incoming delivery with the ball passing close to the stumps.

Superb bowling by Hasan yet again as he bowls a wicket maiden, he has taken two for 19 in six overs so far.

Hasan ends the match with the wicket of Bumrah, who fends off a bouncer and is caught by captain Sarfraz for nine.
21:08   Pandya run out for 43-ball 76, India 7 down


India 154-7 (27 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

No stopping Pandya as he goes after part-time spinner Fakhar, hitting him for back to back sixes to take India past the 150-run mark, in the 26th over.

But just when India were looking to stitch together a partnership, they lose the wicket of Pandya.

The right-hander, who played a smashing innings of 76 from 43 balls, is run out after a huge misunderstanding with Jadeja.

Jadeja taps it on the off-side as Pandya runs across but his partner is unmoved and the latter is run out after an entertaining innings, which was laced with six sixes and four boundaries.
20:53   Pandya blasts 32-ball fifty after top order flops


India 128-6 (23 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Pandya providing some entertainment as he again smashes Shadab through the covers for a four to take India past the 100-run mark, in the 21st over.

Pandya has smashed his way to 34 from 25 balls, while Jadeja is content to take the singles from the other end.

Pandya goes after Shadab again, in his next over. He hits the leg-spinner for three consecutive sixes over long-on to bring up his fifty from just 32 balls.

Two balls later, he blasts a wide half-volley through the covers for another boundary and swipes the last ball to deep midwicket for one to get 23 runs from the over.
20:44  


India 93-6 (20 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Pandya looking to play a few shots. He drives Hasan through the off-side for two runs and then steers the next ball fine on the off-side for another couple of runs.

Hasan tries a short ball which Pandya ramps over the vacant slip region for a four. In the next over, Pandya smashes leg-spinner for a huge six over long-on, the first of the Indian innings, in the 19th over.

Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim comes into the attack as he replaces Hasan, who took one for 17 in four overs.

He bowls just three balls before he decides to head back to the dressing room with some injury.

Pakistan's hero with the bat Fakhar Zaman to continue the over. He is bowling left-arm spin as Pandya takes one to long-off before Ravindra Jadeja defends the last two deliveries of the over.

A horror showing by India's batsmen as they are reduced to 93 for six in 20 overs, needing another 246 runs from 30 overs for victory.
20:31   India's batting flops, Pakistan in control


India 72-6 (17 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

The wickets continue to tumble for India. Hasan strikes with the wicket of experienced Dhoni, who pulls a short ball straight into the hands of Imad at deep square leg to perish for four.

India's hopes all but over as they are reduced to 55 for five in 14 overs with all their top batsmen back in the hut.

Kedar Jadhav pulls a short ball over midwicket for a four and in the next over he whips from outside the off-stump through the same region for another boundary.

Meanwhile, some of the Indian fans have started making their way out of the stadium, giving up on their team's chances of chasing down the total.

Shadab drops short as Hardik Pandya cuts it past point for a four before he takes one to long-on.

Jadhav looks to pull a short ball but gets a top edge and is caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz on the off-side for nine.
20:13   Yuvraj out for 22, India 4 down


India 54-4 (13 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Amir continues, bowling his sixth over on the trot. Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes his time to get his eye in as he plays out a maiden over from the left-arm pacer.

Pakistan's best bowler of the tournament Hasan Ali comes into the attack. Yuvraj pulls a short ball through midwicket for a couple and then takes one to bring up India's 50, in the 12th over.

Pakistan's 18-year-old Shadab Khan comes into the attack, to bowl the 13th over. Yuvraj takes a single from the first ball before Dhoni gets an inside edge on the leg side for a couple and then picks one.

Shadab has a huge appeal for LBW turned down against Yuvraj as the left-hander plays down the wrong line. And Pakistan are happy to take the review.

The ball tracker shows that Yuvraj was struck in line with the ball going on to hit the stumps as Yuvraj walks back for 22.

India slip further to 54 for four in 13 overs.
19:58   Amir's triple strike leaves India in tatters


India 47-3 (10 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

A surprise move from Pakistan to bring in part-time spinner Mohammed Hafeez. Yuvraj blocks the first ball before he breaks the shackles by chipping down the track and lofting it over midwicket for his first boundary.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets off the mark with a single to long-on before Yuvraj comes down and smashes it past mid-on for a four.

He crashes the last ball through the covers for the third boundary of the over, which goes for 14 runs.

India are struggling on 47 for three in 10 overs, needing 292 runs from 40 overs for victory at an asking rate of 7.30.
19:53   Amir picks 3rd wicket, Dhawan out for 21


India 33-3 (9 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Amir bowls another good over as Dhawan picks a leg bye before Yuvraj cautiously sees off the rest of the over.

Dhawan is looking in good touch. He crashes a wide half-volley from Junaid through the covers for a four and two balls later slaps it a bit square for another boundary.

Dhawan has hit 20 from 17 balls, with the help of four fours, while Yuvraj is struggling to get going, to score five from 19 balls.

Dhawan, the tournament's top scorer, plays a good straight drive for a single before Yuvraj opens the face of the bat and steers Amir to thirdman for one.

Amir cripples India further with the wicket of Dhawan, who gets an edge and is caught behind for 21 to leave India reeling on 33 for three in nine overs.
19:41   Kohli and Rohit fail with the bat, India in trouble


India 21-2 (6 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Junaid Khan also bowling with a lot of fire from the other end as Yuvraj Singh manages to see off a testing over.

Superb bowling from Pakistan's pacers, not a single loose delivery in the first four overs.

Dhawan finally brings some smile back to the Indian dressing room. He pulls a short ball from Amir over square leg for a four. Two balls later, he plays a beautiful cover drive for another boundary and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Junaid bowls a fast bouncer as Yuvraj goes for the pull but gets a top edge which flies over the keeper and goes for a four. The next ball is pitched up and Yuvraj, who is again expecting a short ball, plays from the crease and is beaten.

India are 21 for one in six overs and it would take a magical effort from their batsmen to bail them out of this trouble.
19:30   Amir dismisses Kohli, Rohit; India in big trouble


India 7-2 (3 ovs) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Another left-arm pacer Junaid Khan to operate from the other end. He starts with three dot balls to Shikhar Dhawan, who gets off the mark with a single to fine leg and Kohli keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Kohli drives a wide delivery from Amir through the off-side for two runs. Two balls later, Amir induces the edge from Kohli but Azhar Ali drops a simple catch at first slip.

How costly will that drop prove? Not at all as Amir gets his man off the next delivery.

Kohli tries to flick Amir through the leg side but gets a leading edge to be caught at point for five.

Superb bowling from Amir as he leaves India in shambles on seven for two in three overs, dismissing their two in-form batsmen in his first two overs.
19:21   Rohit out for a duck after Pakistan post 338


India 2-1 (1 ov) vs Pakistan 338-4 | Scorecard

Mohammed Amir strikes in the very first over with the key wicket of Rohit Sharma, who is trapped leg before wicket for a duck.

Amir set up the right-hander beautifully, bowling two outswingers before getting one to jag back in. Rohit plays from the crease and is struck right in front of the crease to be dismissed leg before wicket for a duck.

A dream start for Pakistan with the ball.

And they nearly get another one as Virat Kohli is beaten off the outside edge before he gets off the mark with two runs off the last ball.
18:45   Fakhar's century powers Pakistan to 338


Pakistan 338-4 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pakistan have made most of batting first on a good wicket to post an imposing 338 for four in their 50 overs against India.

Opener Fakhar Zaman led the way with a smashing innings of 114 from 106 balls, hitting 12 fours and three sixes.

He gave Pakistan the perfect start, putting on 128 runs for the opening wicket with Azhar Ali, who made 59.

Mohammed Hafeez provided the boost at the end with a quickfire 57 not out from 37 balls, while Imad Wasim stroked 25 from 21 balls.

Bhuvneshwar was India's best bowler as he claimed one for 44 in 10 overs, including two maidens, while Hardik Pandya claimed one for 53 but the rest of the bowlers including Jadeja, Ashwin and Bumrah went for plenty of runs.
18:41   Fakhar's century powers Pakistan to 338


Pakistan 338-4 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

It has been a poor outing with the ball for Bumrah. He tries the slower ball but Imad is waiting for it, smashing it straight down the ground past mid-off for a four as the over goes for eight runs.

Bhuvneshwar bowls a good over, giving away just five runs as he manages not concede a single boundary in the over.

Hafeez and Imad bring up the 50-run stand for the fifth wicket from just 31 balls.

Imad walks across the stumps to Bumrah, who bowls a yorker to beat the batsman, who manages just a leg bye.

He follows it up with another good yorker which goes under the bat, and hit the stumps but fails to dislodge the bails.

Bumrah bowls a high full toss as Imad chops it over point for one and Hafeez drives the free hit delivery through midwicket for two runs.

Hafeez picks a single on the leg side to race to his 50 from just 34 balls before Imad smashes a full toss down the ground for a couple. And Bumrah has overstepped again to give another free hit but Imad can't make most of it, getting a leg bye as he has a wild swing but misses.

Bumrah goes for 11 runs to finish with expensive figures of 68 runs in nine overs.

Bhuvneshwar continues to bowl a great length in the death overs. He bowls a yorker which Imad digs out to get one before Hafeez is forced to defend another yorker.

The next ball is full and Hafeez smashes it down the ground for a straight six. He takes a single before Bhuvneshwar bowls a quick bouncer to beat Imad.

He gets just a single from the last ball as Pakistan finish on a huge 338 for four in their 50 overs.
18:29  


Pakistan 305-4 (46 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

18:21   Hafeez on the attack, Pakistan cross 300


Pakistan 305-4 (46 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bumrah continues to suffer. He bowls on the leg stump as Hafeez flicks it through square leg for a four and then takes one.

Bumrah gives away eight runs in the over as Pakistan look to lift the tempo in the death overs.

Hafeez takes on Jadhav as he lofts him down the ground and just about clears the fielder at long-on for a six to race to 30 from 18 balls.

Wasim also targets the part-timer as he clobbers him straight down the ground for another maximum as Jadhav gives away 16 in his third over.

Hafeez swings a length ball from Bhuvneshwar over midwicket for a six to take Pakistan past the 300-run mark, in the 46th over.

Hafeez has smashed his way to 42 from 25 balls, to take Pakistan to 305 for four in 46 overs.
18:09   Jadhav strikes, Pakistan 3 down


Pakistan 270-4 (43 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Mohammed Hafeez starts off in positive fashion. The first ball he faces, he gives Jadeja the charge and lofts him back over his head for a four to get off the mark in some style.

Three balls later, he slips one down the leg side as Hafeez sweeps him fine for another boundary followed by two singles to get 10 from the over.

Hafeez is not holding back as he pulls a short ball from Bhuvneshwar over midwicket for a four. The pacer tries another bouncer but it is too high and gives away a wide as Pakistan get nine from the over.

Jadhav's golden arm works again. Babar comes down again and goes for the big hit down the ground but miscues it and is caught at long-off for 46.

A promotion for Imad Wasim ahead of captain Sarfraz Khan as he takes a single from the first ball he faces to get off the mark.

Ashwin went for 70 in his 10 overs but part-timer Jadhav is making an impact, taking one for 11 in two overs.
17:55   Malik out for 12, Pakistan lose 3rd wicket


Pakistan 247-3 (40 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Captain Kohli takes a gamble as he brings in part-timer Kedar Jadhav. Pakistan don't try anything fancy taking five singles while the spinner also gifts them a couple of wides.

Bhuvneshwar comes back and he makes an instant impact, with the wicket of Malik.

He looks to chop the pacer over the off-side but fails to make proper connection and is caught in the deep for 12.

Despite the wicket, Pakistan are well placed for a score around the 325-run mark as they reach 247 for three in 40 overs.
17:47   Babar, Malik put Pakistan on top


Pakistan 239-2 (38 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bumrah comes back as he continues to struggle with his line and length. He gifts Babar a full toss which the right-hander hits through midwicket for a four to get seven from the over.

Babar punches Pandya through the covers for two runs before he pulls a short ball over midwicket for a four as Pakistan look to motor along after the dismissal of Fakhar.

Jadeja comes back and Shoaib Malik goes after him straightaway as he plays the inside out lofted shot for a six to get 11 from the over.

Pandya bowls two loose deliveries as Babar hits them both for fours, through point and square leg respectively to carry on the momentum.

Pandya finishes with good figures of one for 53 in 10 overs, putting in a good effort with the ball for India on a day when other specialist bowlers have gone for plenty.
17:29   Fakhar out for 114, Pak lose 2nd wicket


Pakistan 202-2 (34 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Zaman takes on Ashwin again as he clubs him over midwicket for another six. It was a disappointing outing with the ball for the senior off-spinner, as he finishes with poor figures of 70 runs in his 10 overs.

Pandya makes the breakthrough with the key wicket of Fakhar, who is caught on the off-side after a good innings of 114.

The left-hander played a cracking innings to put Pakistan in control, hitting 12 fours and three sixes in his 106-ball knock.

The onus will now be on Babar Azam, who has played cautiously so far, scoring 12 from 25 balls.
17:13   Opener Fakhar slams century


Pakistan 186-1 (31 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Fakhar has changed gears. He charges Ashwin and smashes him back over the bowler's head for another straight six and drives the next ball through the covers for three runs.

Fakhar looks to cut the last ball but gets a thick outside edge which beats the fielder at short thirdman for another fun as Ashwin goes for 17 runs.

This has been a stunning attack from Pakistan led by Fakhar's brilliant strokeplay as they hammer 33 runs from the last two overs to take the score to 167 for one in 27 overs.

Pandya comes back in place of Jadeja, who went for 46 runs in his six overs.

Pandya tries a short ball as Fakhar plays the pull shot but gets it on the gloves which goes over the wicketkeeper for a four to take him into the 90s.

Babar Azam plays a controlled pull shot behind square on the leg side for a couple to get eight runs from the over.

Fakhar has cut loose after the run of Azhar, hitting 39 runs from 21 balls.

Pakistan are looking on course for a 300-plus total as they reach 179 for one in 30 overs, scoring at nearly six per over.

Fakhar completes his maiden ODI century, as he sweeps Ashwin for a boundary square on the leg side, off just 92 balls.

What a superb innings from the young left-hander in a high pressure final against India!
16:52   Fakhar's attack lifts Pakistan


Pakistan 150-1 (26 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja follows it up with a tight over to Fakhar, conceding just a single from the last ball of the over.

Fakhar gives Ashwin the charge and lofts it wide of long-on for a couple and then takes one as five come from the over.

Fakhar comes down the track and lofts Jadeja down the ground for a six. The next ball is short as the left-hander cuts it past point for a four and a few balls later, he carves Jadeja over the off-side for another boundary as 16 come from the over.

Pakistan are keen to continue the momentum after Azhar's departure as they reach 150 for one in 26 overs.
16:41   Azhar run out for 59, Pakistan lose 1st wicket


Pakistan 128-1 (23 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Both the openers not wanting to throw it away after getting to the fifty, looking to stay as long as possible.

The singles are coming quite easily and they will look to continue in the same vein for next 8-10 overs.

Jadeja has also disappointed so far with the ball. He drops short again as Azhar cuts it square on the off-side for a four and Dhoni is clearly unhappy as he yells 'nahi, nahi yaar'

The next ball is again short as Azhar steers it past short thirdman for two runs and Dhoni walks up to the bowler and has a chat.

India are desperate for a wicket as they bring back Ashwin, who struggled in his first spell.

Ashwin has been quite straight as he again bowls on the stumps and Fakhar takes a single before Azhar does the same.

Fakhar makes room and looks to cut Ashwin but can't beat the fielder at point.

He tries to steal a quick single to Yuvraj on the leg side who is slow to react as the batsman makes his crease despite a direct hit.

Against the run of play, Pakistan lose the wicket of Azhar, who is run out for 59. He turns Ashwin on the leg side and goes for a quick single as Bumrah does well with a diving save at square leg.

Fakhar initially sets off before deciding against going for the run and it results in Azhar being run out after a good opening stand of 128 runs.
16:28   Openers Azhar, Fakhar hit 50s; Pak on top


Pakistan 114-0 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pandya bowls a good delivery, getting it to leave the left-hander as it beats the outside edge of Fakhar. He gets off strike with a quick single to point.

Another quiet over from Pandya, giving away just three, he has made a decent start with the ball, conceding just 13 runs in three overs.

Jadeja drops short and Fakhar is quick to rock back and cut it past point for a four and then takes one to long-on.

Azhar takes a single off Jadeja to bring up his fifty, from 61 balls.

Fakhar gets the landmark off the next ball, cutting a short ball as Yuvraj at point misfields to give away a four.

After 20 overs, Pakistan are sitting pretty on 114 for no loss with Azhar on 50 from 60 balls and Fakhar on 51 from 60 balls.
16:21  
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi‏ is happy with his team's showing so far.

"Excellent start boys...Keep going let's get to a 300 plus score now. #PAKvIND," he tweets.
16:20   Openers Azhar, Fakhar take Pakistan past 100


Pakistan 100-0 (18 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack in place of Ashwin, who bowled a lacklustre opening spell of four overs for 28 runs.

Pakistan continue to keep the runs coming as they pick four runs off Jadeja's first over.

Pandya follows it up with another tidy over, conceding just three, as Pakistan reach 93 for no loss in 17 overs at the first drinks break.

Azhar drives Jadeja for a single as Pakistan raise their best opening stand against India in ICC events.

Shane Warne on commentary says he is disappointed with Ashwin's first spell, believes he bowled defensively and tried to stop runs instead of looking to take wickets.

Fakhar growing in confidence after a shaky start. He gives Jadeja the charge and lofts him over midwicket to Pakistan past the 100-run mark, in the 18th over.
16:07   Openers Azhar, Fakhar give Pakistan a good start


Pakistan 86-0 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bumrah comes back, replacing Bhuvneshwar, who bowled an excellent first spell. Azhar has a close shave as he takes a risky single to Rohit on the leg side who misses the direct hit with the batsman struggling to make his crease.

Bumrah continues to leak runs as Fakhar slaps a full delivery straight down the ground for a four.

Bumrah has a confident appeal for LBW turned down against Azhar, who looks to flick it on the leg side but misses.

Pakistan looking to be positive against Ashwin. Just two singles from the first five balls before Fakhar comes down the track and flicks the off-spinner through midwicket for a four.

Pakistan are doing well in the middle overs, keeping the ones and twos coming with the odd boundary in between.

Hardik Pandya comes into the attack in place of Bumrah, who has given 36 runs in five overs. A leg before shout off the first ball against Azhar but it is turned down.

Azhar slashes the last ball square on the off-side for a four as Pakistan reach 86 for no loss in 15 overs.
15:46   Pakistan off to a good start vs India


Pakistan 56-0 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar has kept things tight, sticking to a good line and length. He sends down another tidy over, giving away just two singles.

Bumrah is taken off after just three overs as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.

Check out the Bumrah no-ball on the left, which saw Fakhar get a lifeline after being caught behind, courtesy of ICC.

He also bowls a leg side wide, to Azhar, who then takes a single on the leg side.

Ashwin bowls another wide, this time to Fakhar, who also picks a single.

Azhar gives Ashwin the charge and lofts him straight down the ground for the first six of the final as the off-spinner goes for 10 in his first over.

Bhuvneshwar tests Fakhar with a couple of fast bouncers as he continues to stick on the leg stump line against the left-hander.

Fakhar is unable to get any run from the over as Bhuvneshwar registers his second maiden over of the day, having conceded just 10 runs from his first five overs.

Azhar looking to take on Ashwin. He takes a big stride down and sweeps Ashwin behind square on the leg side for a four, which takes Pakistan past the 50-run mark, in the 10th over.

Fakhar is nearly done in the flight as he comes down the track but somehow manages to get it on the leg side for a single and Azhar takes another run to long-on.

Fakhar is beaten all ends up by one which goes straight on from Ashwin as he gets an inside edge for a single.

After 10 overs, Pakistan have reached 56 for no loss with Azhar on 29 and Fakhar on 16.
15:30  


Pakistan 36-0 (6 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Fakhar is living a charmed life. He looks to pull a short ball from Bhuvneshwar but misses and is struck on the helmet before the ball goes through the gap between the wicketkeeper and the wide first slip fielder for four byes.

Two balls later, Fakhar comes down the track and swipes the pacer across the line on the leg side for a boundary.

Bumrah struggling with his line as he offers Azhar some width, who looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge for a four fine on the off-side.

Azhar tries to heave Bumrah across the line on the leg side but is beaten before the pacer bowls another leg side wide. Two balls later, he again drifts on the pads as Azhar flicks it square on the leg side for a four.

Pakistan off to a flier as they race to 36 for no loss in six overs, with Bumrah conceding 24 runs from three overs, while Bhuvi has given away just eight in the same number of overs.
15:20   Pakistan off to a steady start vs India


Pakistan 19-0 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Azhar gets a thick outside edge as it flies past the second slip fielder for a single to thirdman.

Fakhar gets a lifeline as he taps Bhuvneshwar on the off-side and looks to steal a quick single. The lef-hander is lucky that Kedar Jadhav misses the direct hit from close in on the off-side as he struggles to make his crease.

Two more singles as four runs come from the third over.

Bumrah bowls a leg side wide as he again looks to target Fakhar on the leg side. The next ball is slanted across the left-hander who throws his bat at it and gets an edge to be caught behind.

But hold on, Bumrah has overstepped as Fakhar (3) gets another lifeline and this could prove very costly for India.

The free hit delivery is wide down the leg side as Fakhar misses out with the ball going through his leg. He inside edges the next ball, trying to drive it through the covers to get the first boundary of the Pakistan innings.

Azhar slaps the next ball, which is slightly short, straight down the ground for a boundary.

Bumrah tries another yorker but it slips down the leg side for another wide as he concedes 12 runs in the over.
15:09  


Pakistan 3-0 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the bowling for India, while Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali are the two opening batsmen for Pakistan.

The in-form Azhar Ali leaves the first ball alone before he plays a couple of drives but is unable to find the gap through the off-side. He offers no shot to the last ball as Bhuvneshwar starts off with a maiden.

Interesting field for Jasprit Bumrah against left-hander Fakhar Zaman as India have no fielder on the thirdman fence while having fielders in the deep at fine leg and square leg.

Bumrah starts with a full toss on the pads to Fakhar but he is unable to make most as he misses the flick.

Bumrah looking to bowl on the leg stump as he sends down a leg side wide to get Pakistan off the mark before an inside edge gets Fakhar his first runs.

Azhar taps the next ball on the leg side for a single to get off the mark before Fakhar does well to keep out a yorker.
14:42   Pacer Amir back for Pakistan

Check out the playing XIs of the two teams:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (w/k), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, w/k), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
14:38   Unchanged India elect to bowl against Pakistan
India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bowl against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval in London.

The Indians have retained the same playing eleven which thrashed Bangladesh in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have been boosted by the return of strike bowler Mohammed Amir, after he was forced to miss the semi-final against England because of injury.
14:03   India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane title clash
India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan's resurgence.

"The turnaround has been magnificent," Kohli said.

"Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket and credit to them, they've turned around things for themselves really well.

"The belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team and regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes."

India, who beat Pakistan by five runs in the Twenty20 final 10 years ago, have been lifted by the outstanding batting form of Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have," Kohli said.

"I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day."

One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.

As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals.

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

Their captain Sarfraz Ahmed said they had quickly forgotten the opening loss to India and simply focused on the next game in their bid to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.

"After the India match, we just motivated the guys," he said.

"Don't worry about the India match. This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament."
13:59   TV ad rates rocket ahead of India, Pakistan final
The whole of the cricketing world has shifted their attention to the high-profile India vs Pakistan title clash and no doubt the ad rates have shot up drastically.

Television advertising rates for Sunday's cricket final between India and Pakistan are 10 times the normal price, industry sources said, as millions of fans are expected to tune in for a clash that last time ranked among the six most-watched sporting events.

Pakistan, the lowest-ranked team at the ICC Champions Trophy tournament, upset host and favourites England to set up a final with defending champions India, feeding a frenzy for a game that commands a fanatical following in the region and among its diaspora.

A 30-second spot during the final to be broadcast by Rupert Murdoch's Star Sports is expected to cost nearly Rs 1 crore, far higher than the Rs. 10 lakh that advertisers pay on average for most Indian shows, said a person involved in buying ads.

Most of the TV spots for the final, to be played in London, were pre-booked with firms such as Nissan Motor, Intel Corp, Emirates, Chinese mobile maker Oppo and Indian tyre maker MRF signed up as commercial partners for the tournament.

Fewer than 10 percent of the slots are left for the final, a person in the sports broadcasting industry said.

Companies still wanting to air their ads will be paying a higher rate than those who pre-booked, said the person, who did not want to be named, citing business confidentiality.

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13:56   Favourites India vs unpredictable Pakistan in title clash
Welcome to the coverage of the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy in London on Sunday.

Defending champions India start as the favourites against an unpredictable Pakistan team, who on their day are capable of upsetting the best teams in the world.

India will take huge confidence from their 124-run victory against Pakistan in their opening group match in Birmingham.

But they can ill-afford to take Pakistan lightly, who have gone from strength to strength since that defeat, including an upset win against England in the semis.

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