Result: India beat Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-affected game thanks to Yuvraj Singh’s smashing half-century.
It’s the fourth game of the 2017 Champions Trophy as arch-rivals India and Pakistan go head to head in what promises to be an exciting contest. Can India maintain their hold or will Pakistan fight back?
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time: 10 am local (2.30 pm India time)
Both teams open their campaign in the Champions Trophy 2017 with this encounter. It will be played in a city which has a good amount of subcontinental population, and that just implies there will be enough support for both teams.
India will be coming into the tournament with a huge amount of cricket behind their backs. Their home season began last September and most of the top players were playing till the very end of the IPL.
That could be a factor. The good news for them is they did not lose a single series and that has also been a factor in deciding these India v Pakistan betting tips.
Pakistan had a tour of West Indies in which they performed admirably in the white ball format and were lucky to come away with a 2-1 Test series win. However, it will be their white ball showing that will give them confidence going into this game.
India named a very standard, no-surprise squad and as a result there’re not too many question-marks about their playing XI. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma could be back opening while Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will be a part of the middle order. Yuvraj has a finger injury but it’s still a few days away, so he might recover from it.
The Indian bowling will be led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and could see Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami join in with Hardik Pandya coming in as an all-rounder. One of R Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja could make it to the XI.
India’s expected playing XI:
Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Kedar, Hardik, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Yadav, Shami.
Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead a Pakistan side that looks more settled than most of their recent ODI line-ups. The top six look more or less decided and the fight for spots could well be between the bowlers, depending on the conditions.
What’s interesting is that Pakistan had gone into their series against West Indies with Kamran Akmal at the top of the order but he has been dropped. Azhar Ali could be recalled as an opener after the excellent form he showed during the Tests.
Pakistan’s expected playing XI:
Azhar, Shehzad, Hafeez, Azam, Malik, Sarfaraz, Imad, Shadab/Hasan, Amir, Riaz, Junaid
India v Pakistan head to head in ODIs:
Overall, India and Pakistan have played each other in 127 ODIs and Pakistan lead 72-51 in that head-to-head. In the last 10 years, however, India lead 11-8 on that head to head.
The two sides have played twice before in the Champions Trophy, in 2004 & in 2013, and it’s 1-1 on head to head there.
India v Pakistan betting tips:
India to win
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be top Indian bowler
Babar Azam to be top Pakistan batsman