Battle of the Year “India vs Pakistan” in ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Preview

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India Vs Pakistan ODI Cricket match at Firozshah Kotla, in New Delhi

If you are a cricket fan, then book your date now for the biggest match of the year that is scheduled on Sunday, June 4 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Yes, here I’m talking about the match between world cricket fraternities two most arch rivals: India and Pakistan. During the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in a Group “B” match, defending champion India will launch its ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to defend the title against Pakistan. This would be the fourth encounter between these two countries in the ICC Champions Trophy.

In any ICC tournament match between the two Asian powerhouses and the traditional rivals, India and Pakistan are considered as the mother of all battles. Cricket fans from everywhere in the world never want to miss the encounter between these two countries.

The 18-day long ICC Champions Trophy to be played from June 1 to 18, 2017. Based on stats, India has never been beaten by Pakistan in World Cups, but Pakistan has a better record in the Champions Trophy. If we go back to the previous battle between these two rivals in the Champions Trophy that was played at the same venue, Edgbaston on June 15, 2013, India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets through D/L Method. Indian bowlers returned Pakistani batsmen to the pavilion just for 165 runs and after a rain delay, it chased down 102 in 19.1 overs to clinch the match by eight wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was declared “Man of the Match”.

If we go the broad scenario, Pakistan leads the overall tally between the rivals. In their 127 encounters, Pakistan has won 72. During the ICC Champions trophy match, India and Pakistan have played three times so far and the tally is favouring Pakistan from 2-1. First, they met on September 19, 2004 at Edgbaston where Pakistan won by three wickets. Second time India and Pakistan played in Champion Trophy on September 26, 2009 in Centurion and again Pakistan defeated India by 54 runs.

Pakistan is one of the most favorite opponent of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. His average is 58.38 against Pakistan with two centuries and nine fifties, whereas batting sensation Virat Kohli’s highest score of 183 in ODIs came against Pakistan. In the Champions Trophy so far, Pakistanis have never reached in the final even so far. Their best is Semi-finals in 2000, 2004 and 2009, whereas the Indians have won the Champions Trophy twice in 2002 and 2013.