India win toss, elect to field

India win toss, elect to field

"I really hope that we see resumption of bilateral cricket between the two countries and would request the Indian cricket board and the Indian government to soften their stance". Giant screens, happy hours and a free drink if you predict the match right or walk in wearing the Indian jersey are some of the offers being rolled out.

India have won the toss and opt to bowl against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final at The Oval in London.

Pakistan recovered their composure to record back-to-back victories in Cardiff, the first over Sri Lanka taking them through to the semi-final stage and the second knocking England out of their own tournament three days ago.

The final is India's fourth in the last eight global tournaments.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has depended on their bowlers to deliver the goods and despite the absence of prime bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the latter half, have not suffered. Sarfraz was the captain of the Pakistan team.

But, since that match, Pakistan cricket team has regrouped and showed a drastic improvement in the rest of the matches. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.

The weatherman says we should expect lots of sun, highs of 28C and very little chance of rain.

"We will be a better team by the time the tournament comes around on home soil and can make a huge bid to win it".

"Once you start thinking it's a big game, your mindset changes", he added in a levelheaded note.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first global century.

Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage. Each one of them has scored over 250 runs in the tournament so far, with Dhawan and Rohit being the top two run-getters with 317 and 304 runs respectively.