The match of matches was played today in the evening. It is a matter of pride and prestige for both the nations.”It is bigger than the Ashes — and expectation is high from both nations, crazy about cricket.”The Pakistanis who were put to batting have scored a handsome total of 338 for 4 wickets . Indians could not make more than 158 and lost very badly to Pakistan. The Pakis have won the match and bowed to the ground in the form of thanking Allah during the Ramadan for the handsome win.
Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, would return against India.”He’s fit to play, and he will play,” it looks like.
Amir’s replacement left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his ODI debut with two wickets against England, may now miss out.But Pakistan could also find a place for Amir by leaving out a spinner in either Shadab Khan or Imad Wasim.
India, whose skipper Virat Kohli heads the tournament batting averages with a stratospheric 253, are a formidable outfit.
As well as Kohli, their top order boasts the likes of dynamic opening pair of Rohit Sharma, fresh from a hundred in a nine-wicket semi-final rout of Bangladesh, and Shikhar Dhawan.
But their middle-order has rarely been tested and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believed his bowlers could pose problems for India, even late in the innings.”After the India game we have bowled with an attacking mindset and that is why we have taken wickets,” he said.
“The final overs usually involve a lot of pressure and especially if you are playing against India.”
But Sarfraz, who has had a fine tournament in his triple role of captain, wicket-keeper and batsman added: “You saw how well we bowled in the ‘death overs’ against South Africa and also Sri Lanka”.
India too have a well-balanced attack, with the new-ball duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah supported by contrasting spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and left-armer Ravindra Jadeja.
Ashwin is expected to be fit despite suffering a blow to his right knee from a wayward throw in during fielding practice at The Oval on Saturday.
Meanwhile Kohli too insisted the group clash was no longer of any relevance.”On their day they can beat any side in the world,” the India captain said of Pakistan.”That’s the kind of players they have, we’re quite aware of that.”
Kohli, however, added: “At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing.”
Lets hope it will end with a nail biting finish.