Five reasons why Pakistan can beat India in Champions Trophy final

Five reasons why Pakistan can beat India in Champions Trophy final

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Reasons : The game that always creates war-like situation between Pakistan and India comes again when title-holders India face Pakistan will face off in the Champions Trophy final at London’s Oval ground on Sunday.

Here we take you through the five reasons why Pakistan can win their first ever Champions Trophy.


5. The astonishing Hasan Ali

With Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan among the ranks, Hassan Ali wasn’t expected to be the spearhead of Pakistan’s bowling repertoire. However, that is exactly what has happened.

He is not the one to give batsmen an intimidating look to trouble them with venom and ferocity, but will gradually get under their skins.

The Punjab-born bowler is currently leading the list of top wicket-takers with 10 in four games.

Hasan was expensive in Pakistan’s erstwhile encounter against India, but his current form is bound to infuse confidence in the Men in Green, going into the Finale.
The 23-year-old has been central to Pakistan’s progress since a woeful 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4 and heads into Sunday’s final at the Oval as the 2017 edition’s leading wicket-taker with 10 at an average of just 17.20 apiece.

Given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s most successful bowler, has taken six wickets so far, it will take something special to stop Hasan from finishing as the leading wicket-taker in a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international sides.

Hasan’s achievement is all the more impressive given he only made his ODI debut in August last year.

Hasan’s impressive array of skills were on show during Pakistan’s dominant eight-wicket semi-final win in Cardiff on Wednesday against an England side previously unbeaten in the tournament.


4. Fakhar Zaman’s rich vein of form

Pakistan started their Champions Trophy campaign with an awful display of batting against India, stumbling to a mammoth 124-run loss. On a batting paradise, the Pakistanis looked all at sea and were unable to get the scoreboard moving and keep up with the required rate.

However, Pakistan took the gamble of playing a debutant in Fakhar Zaman, which changed the whole complexion of their batting. They needed someone to take bowling attacks by the scruff of the necks and Zaman did exactly that by giving flying starts for his team.

With 138 runs in three matches at a strike rate of 117.94, he has turned a bleak looking batting order into a formidable one and will require to fire again against India to win the title for Pakistan.


3. Spinners can choke Indian batting line

In their first game, Indian batsmen didn’t allow the spinners settle into a rhythm during the middle phase of their innings. Nevertheless, the tables have turned and Pakistan have resurrected that weakness of their bowling attack.

Imad Wasim was taken to the cleaners by Hardik Pandya and the other Indian batsmen, but he came back with a spell of 8-0-20-2 against South Africa. Shadab Khan has also been able to put a lid on the scoring with an economy of 4.66 on some good batting wickets.

In their last game, they have been able to get an in-form English batting lineup on the mat, which shows the form the spinners are in. To win the final, Wasim and Co has to show the same skills to take the sting out of the Indian batting.


2. Seniors gaining back form

It’s pretty understandable that teams bank on their experienced players to deliver during crucial moments of a game. Pakistan have quite a few of them in their armoury who have delivered for them time and again in international cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali looked rusty in the pool games but were in good touch in Pakistan’s semi-final win over England. Azhar Ali might not boast of a blistering strike rate, however, with 169 runs to his name his role at the top to keep things calm will be key in the Final.

Hafeez has struggled to find form but chipped in with a handy 31 runs in 21 balls against England. And against India, every one of those runs will matter.

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1. Depth in batting

Depth in batting is a vital component in today’s dynamics of cricket and can sometimes be the difference between a win and a loss. To be precise, it’s their lower order batting that has helped Pakistan to a semi-final berth against England.

Mohammad Amir is no mug with the bat and he manifested the same with a gutsy knock of 28 runs from 43 balls, coming in at number nine against Sri Lanka. Along with Sarfaraz Ahmed, the left-hander compiled a partnership of 75 runs to take Pakistan out of a precarious position and ultimately to a win

The Indian bowling has been top notch and the lower half of the Pakistan batting might have to come to the fore if the top and middle order doesn’t do their jobs. – Samaa

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