This is the high voltage match in world cricket. In group match, India beat Pakistan by 124 runs. This is the 3rd time that India playing against Pakistan in ICC tournament Final 1985 & 2007 in both occasions India beat them in the group stage as well as in Final. This is the 1st instance Pakistan qualified for Final where as India playing 4th Final in that they won in 2013, shared with Sri Lanka in 2002.
India won the group stage match also India’s record against Pakistan in ICC tournament says that India favorites to win this also. India’s batting was the key in this Champions Trophy. Top 3 batsman are in good form and if any one of them play till 40-45 over then India definitely scores 300+. Even Yuvraj Singh & Dhoni also in good form so the middle order is also strong. The main task for Indian opener is the first spell of Junaid & Amir. After the loss against Sri Lanka Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Ashwin & Jadeja did a good job against South Africa & Bangladesh. So India will play with the same side that played against Bangladesh.
No one could predict that Pakistan will reach to final of Champions Trophy after the loss against India. They beat favorites South Africa & England. Their bowling was the key in those wins. Hasan Ali took highest wickets in this Champions Trophy he is the key for Pakistan in middle overs. Opener Fakhar Zaman & Azhar Ali were in good form so they will play a key role in the Final. Due to injury Amir miss the semi final but he will be back in the Final. So Amir & Junaid’s first spell will be important. As Pakistan middle order wasn’t in good form so this might be their weak link. In all four match Pakistan bowl first so what they will do in Final is important. India will be favorites in this match against unpredictable Pakistan.