India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, Preview Champions Trophy 2017

Ross Houston
June 3, 2017

"Recent history and the depth of the India squad gives India a slight edge heading into the game", Afridi wrote in a column for the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The host enter the major ICC tournament after managing a 2-1 series victory over South Africa. Defending champion India is favourite to win the game but they also have pressure to prove it.

The Indian cricket team is all set to take its arch rivals Pakistan in the Champions trophy.

Yet for all that players on both sides have tried to label Sunday's clash as "just another game", the fact is someone always has something to lose in an India-Pakistan match, a fixture that commands the attention of billions round the world let alone in the two cricket insane sub-continent.

Bangladesh are appearing in the Champions Trophy group stage for the first time since 2004; England have progressed beyond the group stage in three of their last four attempts. His prediction looks fairly safe and it will be interesting to see if a surprise team manages to grab that coveted top-4 spot. He has got the most lovely seam position I have ever seen in global cricket.

On home soil in December, Australia eased to a comfortable 3-0 win and the skipper knows both sides will present few surprises to one another.

"We are here to win the tournament and are not here to make the numbers up", he added.

After winning two warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh, the Indian team, who have retained several players from the victorious 2013 side, is high on confidence and will be looking to continue their form throughout the tournament. "In England, without knowing the overhead conditions, weather its going to swing or seam, he is a type of player who you can base your innings around and he is not far away from good form". "If you can keep bowling in the right areas and hit the seam, I think that's the best way to go for the bowlers", the 32-year-old told IANS.

South Africa starts its Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday, as it chases its first title since the tournament's inaugural year in 1998, in what was then called the ICC Knockout Trophy.

"We have nothing to lose, we just want to play our natural game", Sarfraz said last week. In the 2nd practise game, Men in Blue put the total of 324 but Bangladesh batting collapsed and India won by 240 runs.

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