Latest Update: Bumrah! Imad moves a long way to leg, Bumrah follows him with a yorker length and again, the batsman can only get bat to ball and scurry one. Bumrah now goes round the wicket, bowls the yorker, nails it. Under the toe of Hafeez’s bat, hits the bottom of the stumps, bails stay in place after the off bail first goes up and then falls back down in the grove — how lucky is that?!
Another yorker, hit on the full, straight to the fielder at cover, no run. But then ends up bowling a no ball, giving the free hit. The free ball is a yorker but this time Hafeez steps to leg, makes room, drives to deep midwicket and runs two.
Walks down the track next up, to take the yorker on the full and drive to midwicket, single gets him to 50, off just 34. Imad steps away, slams a yorker taking it on the full, gets two to long on — and then finds he has bowled another no ball!!! Bumrah has been really off his feed today. Now tries a slower full toss, gives away just one and mercifully, comes to the end of his over, and his spell for today.
Amazing, though — Bumrah normally bowls well at the death no matter how badly he goes in the beginning, but today he hasn’t really found his yorker the way he is known to.
IND vs PAK: After 49 overs,Pakistan 329/4 ( Mohammad Hafeez 50 , Imad Wasim 23)
Preview: A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval in London on Sunday.
Pakistan have been badly bruised against India this series in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.
India may be ahead against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by an 8-2 margin, but in all ODI tournament finals Pakistan holds a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head battle against India.
Pakistan have managed to bounce back in this tournament, defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final.
With Pakistan’s front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team’s bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up.
The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees — who made his debut in the semi-finals — will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.
The batting department for Pakistan under the likes of opener Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish against India having got to good starts in the previous matches but failing to build lethal partnerships.
India, on the other side have looked a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament’s leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan.
In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target.
The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have looked solid bowling economically while providing clinical breakthroughs.
Captain Kohli will also look to use off-break spinner Kedar Jadhav — who took two vital wickets in his previous match against Bangladesh — alongside Hardik Pandya to deceive the Pakistan batsmen.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.
With inputs from IANS
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Published Date: Jun 18, 2017 06:39 pm | Updated Date: Jun 18, 2017 06:39 pm