Time: 1030, 18/06/2017
Venue: The Oval
TV: Sky Sports 2
There will be an incredible atmosphere at The Oval on Sunday when India and Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy final and we’re expecting a tense tussle between these great rivals.
Anyone who went low on the number of sixes in the semi-finals picked up a couple of easy pay-days, with just five hit as Pakistan beat England and only three in India’s defeat of Bangladesh.
We’re sticking with that trend to continue and kicking off our India vs Pakistan betting tips by snapping up 17/20 for under 9.5 in the decider.
A Look At India’s Betting Odds
India are 11/25 to come out on top again in the Champions Trophy final after enjoying an emphatic victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston during the group stage.
After posting 310 for three, India’s bowlers put in an impressive performance to dismiss Pakistan for just 164.
India’s top order has done the business throughout this tournament, with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 123 and Virat Kohli 96 not out in a nine-wicket semi-final demolition of Bangladesh.
With Pakistan’s openers putting on a century partnership against England, backing the fall of the first wicket in the first innings to be over 30.5 at 9/10 is a percentage bet.
A Look At Pakistan’s Betting Odds
Pakistan responded admirably to that crushing early loss against India, with their fiery bowling attack reducing South Africa to 219 for eight and Sri Lanka to 236 all out during the group stage.
That momentum was maintained as an in-form England side was skittled out for 211 in the semis, with Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman then setting the platform for a smooth chase.
Babar Azam has also shown glimpses of his undoubted ability during this tournament, but Pakistan are still 17/10 underdogs, due largely to India having three of the top five run scorers so far.
India skipper Kohli declared he is enjoying his batting after passing 8,000 ODI runs in the semi but is wary of Pakistan’s progress.
He said: “The turnaround has been magnificent. Obviously, if you reach the final, you have to play some good cricket and credit to them, they’ve turned around things for themselves really well. They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong.
“What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have…I don’t know there’s much that we need to change as a team.”
Sarfraz Ahmed hailed Pakistan’s near-perfect performance against England and the fighting spirit they have shown to rally from that early setback.
He commented: “After that first loss, we were very down. We just motivated the guys – ‘don’t worry about the India match, it’s gone…if we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament’. Now we are in the final.”
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