India’s top order has been in superb form so far, and they will be the key for India once again. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have all been scoring with ease, while Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav come in as solid back-up for the opening trio. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will look to strike early with the ball.
For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir is fit to play again, and will once again be key to their hopes. Fellow fast bowler Hasan Ali has played well after the opening game, and will look to continue his run in the final. The likes of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman will carry their batting hopes.
21:59 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: The way they turned things around, it was amazing. They can upset anyone on their day. I have a smile on my face because I am very proud of the boys. Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us. They were more intense and more passionate. With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well. Even with the ball, they were very aggressive. Hardik played well.
21:55 hrs IST:Hasan Ali is the player of the tournament for his haul of 13 wickets. “I have learnt from the beginning that fitness is important. The tournament was good for me. I hope I continue like this.”
21:48 hrs IST: Azhar Mahmood: He (Hasan Ali) is a young guy and bowls with a big of heart. Every time he runs in, he wants to get a wicket. The attitude is brilliant. He is a match winner for us
21:46 hrs IST: Mickey Arthur: It has been an up and down ride. After the India game, we came back superbly. We knew we were better than that. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. We wanted to be a lot more consistent. It has been a remarkable achievement. We have got a group of young players. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment
21:41 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik: It’s very hard to describe (the feeling). I guess the roads will be full (in Pakistan) and they’ll be celebrating even though it is Ramadan. I want to congratulate the Pakistani people. Things like this bring us united
21:38 hrs IST: Sarfraz with his kid and his wife are there to soak in the atmosphere. This is truly one of the best moments in this tournament so far. And this is the second time Sarfraz has achieved success on the big stage against India. In the 2006 U-19 World Cup, he led Pakistan to victory in the final against India.
21:37 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir: At the start, Kohli. Rohit and Shikhar.. they were in great form but I did it. To be honest, it is a teamwork. After the South Africa game, the way we played. That game gave us the momentum.
21:35 hrs IST: Imad Wasim: Nothing gets bigger than this. Seems like we are playing in Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported. I am sure the roads are full in Pakistan, people will be celebrating and I can’t wait to get back. We sat down together after the first game.
21:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Hasan Ali fittingly gets the third wicket and Pakistan have thrashed India by 180 runs to seal the Champions Trophy title. What a performance. What a comeback. This is like the vintage victory of 1992, only this time getting the better of India. Take a bow, Pakistan.
21:23 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Bhuvneshwar miscues the lofted shot but it lands safely at cover.
21:18 hrs IST: What a performance this is from Pakistan. No one would have expected this, especially considering that they are the No.8 side in the world.
21:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Pakistan are one wicket away from the title. Good length ball in the channel outside off, Ashwin wafts at it and the edge is taken by Sarfraz. What a performance.
21:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja departs and with that India’s hopes! Good length ball outside off, Jadeja goes for the cut and the edge is taken at first slip. Ravindra Jadeja c Babar Azam b Junaid Khan 15 (26).
21:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Tragedy! What a way for Pandya to go. Jadeja taps it to point and Pandya thinks about a single, but Jadeja is not interested and he is run-out. he is furious as he walks off. Hardik Pandya run-out 76 (43), India 152/7.
21:00 hrs IST: Another big six from Pandya. He is playing an absolute blinder. Pakistan are taking this too lightly one feels. Another six and Pandya is closing in on a ton.
20:54 hrs IST: Third six and it is Hardik Pandya’s 2nd fifty in ODIs. This is great hitting and he finishes the over with a crunching cover drive. 23 runs in Shahdab Khan’s sixth over and it has spoiled his figures totally.
20:50 hrs IST: Another massive six. Pandya sizes up on another flighted delivery and deposits it into the stands at deep mid wicket. Next ball, he follows up with another massive six over long on. This is great hitting.
20:46 hrs IST: Pandya gets India past 100. That was a poor ball from Shahdab as India stay afloat in this match. Can Pakistan finish the job?
20:42 hrs IST: Imad wasim is walking off the field. It looks like he has injured his ankle. Over will be completed by the centurion, Fakhar Zaman.
20:41 hrs IST: Pandya and Jadeja, along with Ashwin, are the last recognised batsmen in the Indian team. However, this could be too tall a task even for them.
20:36 hrs IST: WHAM! Shahdab tosses this delivery up, Pandya sizes it up and launches it over long on for a massive six. Some good hits are ensuring that India somehow stay afloat in the contest.
20:33 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Hardik Pandya. Hasan Ali bangs a short ball on middle stump, Pandya uses the bat as a ramp and periscopes it to the third man fence. Some good shots being played.
20:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav horribly mistimes the pull shot and Sarfraz Ahmed runs to shortish cover and takes the catch. The whole Pakistan team roar. Kedar Jadhav c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahdab Khan 9 (13).
20:29 hrs IST: Pandya cracks a pull shot to deep point. but, advantage Pakistan.
20:26 hrs IST: India bat deep but the situation is such that Pakistan can afford to relax slightly.
20:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni falls and India are in massive trouble. Short ball and Dhoni pulls it to deep square leg but Imad Wasim dives forward to take the catch. Pakistan are all over India like a rash. MS Dhoni c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 4 (16)
20:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Shahdab gets Yuvraj. The teenager forced Sarfraz to take the review and it is a great one. It pitched in line and it broke back in as it hit the pad first, umpire says not out but the review forces him to overturn the decision. Yuvraj Singh LBW Shahdab Khan 22 (31).
20:07 hrs IST: Dhoni has scored just one run in 10 balls. Maybe he is biding his time. These two veterans have a tall task.
19:56 hrs IST: Yuvraj greets Mohammad Hafeez with three boundaries as India aim to rebuild. India 47/3 after 10 overs. So far, it is Pakistan’s game but this Indian line-up bat pretty deep.
19:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Amir, you beauty. Good length cross-seamed ball in the zone outside off, Dhawan edges it to the keeper. Shikhar Dhawan 21 (22)
19:48 hrs IST: Dhawan slams two boundaries off Junaid Khan and the Indian contingent have found their voice. He now holds the key in this big chase.
19:43 hrs IST: Yuvraj is struggling to rotate the strike. Dhawan needs to take more of the strike if India are to make a move on.
19:38 hrs IST: Short and on middle stump, Yuvraj goes for the pull and gets a top edge that goes to the fine leg fence. Next ball, Junaid beats him with a ball that leaps up from the deck.
19:34 hrs IST: Another fine shot from Dhawan. He punches a length ball through the gap at cover for the second boundary in the over. However, the last ball is in the air but it is wide of the point fielder. Excellent spell this from Amir.
19:33 hrs IST: First boundary of the Indian innings. Short ball from Amir and Dhawan pulls it to long leg, one bounce over the ropes. That should settle the nerves.
19:31 hrs IST: Junaid Khan bowls a maiden. But, considering Kohli’s prowess while chasing, this situation is grave for India. Pakistan over the moon.
19:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive wicket. The Pakistan fans have gone berserk. Full ball and it holds its line on off stump, Kohli attempts the flick and the leading edge is taken at point. India in massive trouble at 6/2.
19:24 hrs IST: DROPPED! OMG! You cannot drop Kohli. He will make you pay. Hold on, he doesn’t.
19:20 hrs IST: Steady start for Junaid Khan as he concedes just two runs. India 4/1 in two overs.
19:18 hrs IST: Amir beats Kohli with a peach of a delivery that just nips back late outside off. Junaid Khan to start proceedings at the other end.
19:15 hrs IST: Brilliant work from Amir! He gets this delivery to straighten on the middle and leg stump line and Rohit is trapped in front. He is pumped up and Pakistan continue their great work.
19:10 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. Mohammad Amir will open the bowling. How will India approach this chase?
18:48 hrs IST: Fakhar Zaman: I got lucky with the no-ball. The experience has been very good. It is a final and versus India, I just enjoyed my evening. I wasn’t feeling well after the practice session yesterday but thanks to the physio I am here. He was me all through the night. I thought I wouldn’t be able to play but he convinced me. There was a bit of swing in the wicket and I was taking my time
18:43 hrs IST: Pakistan have ended up on 338/4, their highest total in the Champions Trophy 2017. What a performance. Pakistan have put themselves in a great position but with India’s power-packed batting line-up, one does not know what a good total will be.
18:39 hrs IST: Hafeez slams yet another six off Bhuvneshwar. The wide yorker is not working. Bhuvi just missed his length there.
18:36 hrs IST: Hafeez gets to his 32nd fifty but Bumrah has overstepped for the second time in this over and third time in the match. Can Pakistan reach 350?
18:29 hrs IST: The fifty-run stand is up between Imad and Wasim. Pakistan should try and get close to 350 now. However, Bhuvneshwar concedes five runs in the 48th over.
18:27 hrs IST: The innings break is fast approaching but the action does not stop. India vs Pakistan hockey is live. Follow live updates here.
18:25 hrs IST: Imad wasim blasts a full ball from Bumrah down the ground as Pakistan make great progress.
18:20 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has been taken to the cleaners by Hafeez. He launches a length ball over deep mid wicket for his second six. 11 runs in Bhuvi’s eighth over as Pakistan cross 300.
18:16 hrs IST: 16 runs in Kedar Jadhav’s over. That experiment ends but now, the attention shifts to India vs Pakistan hockey clash. This is a double delight today.
18:14 hrs IST: In the air and just over! Hafeez lofts Kedar Jadhav over long on as Hardik Pandya attempts a reverse cupped catch but it goes over his head.
18:12 hrs IST: Pakistan are not far away from 300. What is important though that Hafeez must stay in the end if they are to reach a total in excess of 300.
18:10 hrs IST: Bumrah misses his line again. On the pads and Hafeez flicks it to the deep square leg fence for a boundary.
18:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive blow this. Jadhav floats this delivery up outside off and Azam miscues the lofted shot as Yuvraj Singh takes the catch at widish long off. Babar Azam c Yuvraj Singh b Kedar Jadhav 46 (52).
18:02 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has figures of 7-2-20-1. He will bowl his remaining overs in the death as Pakistan continue to march towards 300.
18:00 hrs IST: Great batting from Hafeez. He comes down the track but Bhuvneshwar shortens the length, the batsman adjusts and wallops the pull to deep mid wicket for a boundary.
17:57 hrs IST: Jadeja once again leaks runs as Pakistan score 10 runs in the 41st over. Mohammad Hafeez has started off well with two boundaries.
17:55 hrs IST: 10 overs remain. Pakistan are 247/3. They must get to over 300 and possibly 350 if they have to put India under pressure.
17:53 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar removed Malik. Short ball outside off, Malik slaps it without any timing to deep cover and the catch is taken. Shoaib Malik c Kedar Jadhav b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 (16).
17:48 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav has come on to bowl but he concedes seven runs in his first over.
17:40 hrs IST: Only 13 overs remain. Pakistan are 227/2. Azam holds the key now and he gets the over off to a great start with a boundary off Hardik.
17:38 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik gets into the action now. He comes down the track and hammers Jadeja inside out over deep extra cover for a boundary.
17:32 hrs IST: Attempted yorker from Bumrah but he bowls a full toss on the pads as Azam whips it to the deep square leg.
17:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Great catch by Jadeja. Zaman tries to slice it over backward point but Jadeja runs back and takes a great catch. Ends a fantastic knock from Zaman. Fakhar Zaman c Jadeja b Hardik Pandya 114 (106). Pakistan 200/2 after 33.1 overs.
17:22 hrs IST: Pakistan are 200/1 after 33 overs. The platform is now set for the final onslaught. If Azam gets his timing back, Pakistan can then think of going past 350.
17:19 hrs IST: Zaman is trying to be aggressive after going past 100 but he is mistiming the shot. However, he gets his timing right by launching Ashwin into the stands at deep mid wicket. Shades of Phil Hughes when he played that slog sweep.
17:14 hrs IST: Point to be noted! India might not be too disheartened by Zaman’s 100. In the history of the Champions Trophy, whenever a batsman has scored a 100 in the first innings, the team has lost.
17:12 hrs IST: Second drinks break. This is an excellent exhibition of batting from Fakhar Zaman. Remember this name. Can Pakistan go past 300 or will India strike at regular wickets?
17:09 hrs IST: Brilliant! Sublime! Take a bow, Fakhar Zaman. You are indeed a superstar. Flighted delivery and wide outside off, Zaman reaches out and thwacks the pull to deep square leg. Gets to a hundred off 92 balls. The Pakistan fans go berserk. This has been a great exhibition of batting.
17:05 hrs IST: Babar Azam is struggling to middle the ball. The partnership has reached fifty between Zaman and Azam with the left-hander contributing 40 of them.
17:02 hrs IST: Only one run in the 28th over. Ashwin pulls things back but things are far from ideal for India.
16:56 hrs IST: Should Kedar Jadhav be introduced into the attack? Kohli must try to get Zaman out at least.
16:54 hrs IST: 17 runs in Ashwin’s seventh over. Zaman is on 89*. The off-spinner’s figures currently read 7-0-53-0. Pakistan are 167/1 in 27 overs. A total of over 300 is on the cards.
16:53 hrs IST: Awesome batting from Zaman. He reaches out to a slow delivery and forehands it down the ground for another six. He has really accelerated it.
16:50 hrs IST: Brilliant batting. Jadeja tosses this delivery up and Zaman dances down the track to wallop it to the deep extra cover boundary. Pakistan are 151/1 after 26 overs.
16:48 hrs IST: Crunch! Zaman launches Jadeja over long on for a 96-meter six and next ball, he slaps a short ball to the deep backward point fence. That will get him going after the run-out of Azhar Ali.
16:46 hrs IST: India are pulling things back slowly here. After 25 overs, Pakistan are 134/1.
16:43 hrs IST: Babar Azam is the new batsman. Zaman has to stay calm if he has to build on Pakistan’s great start.
16:41 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor running. Azhar nudges it to mid wicket but the batsman is watching the fielder, but Bumrah dives and Azhar is sent back. Easy run-out and Pakistan lose their first wicket. Azhar Ali run-out 59 (71).
16:39 hrs IST: Appeal for a run-out but Zaman is safe. Good throw from Yuvraj.
16:35 hrs IST: Poor bowling this from Jadeja. Azhar pounces on two short and wide deliveries as Pakistan find the boundary on a regular basis. Pakistan are 125/0 after 22 overs.
16:29 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Zaman and Azhar as they bring up their fifties. This is Azhar’s 12th fifty while for Zaman, it is his third consecutive fifty. What a star this left-hander has become.
16:25 hrs IST: Cracking shot from Zaman again. Short and wide outside off from Jadeja, Zaman rocks back and crunches the square cut to the deep point fence.
16:23 hrs IST: Both batsmen are nearing fifties. India are trying to dry up the flow of runs. Pakistan are 103/0 after 19 overs. Not a huge run-rate though but it is decent for a final.
16:18 hrs IST: Fantastic shot from Zaman and Pakistan have crossed 100. Virat Kohli might be a bit worried.
16:16 hrs IST: Drinks are on the field. This is a dream start for Pakistan. India, for the first time, are under pressure.
16:11 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Short ball on leg stump, Azhar looks to pull to mid wicket but miscues it totally, one hand came off the bat handle as the ball lands safely. India are 93/0 after 17 overs.
16:09 hrs IST: This is now the highest opening stand for Pakistan in ICC events against India. The previous best was the 84-run stand between Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar in Bangalore in the 1996 World Cup.
16:04 hrs IST: Azhar survives a stifled LBW appeal as Zaman continues to attack the short ball. Good end to the over as Azhar Ali cracks a short and wide delivery to point. Pakistan 86/0 after 15 overs.
16:00 hrs IST: The partnership is moving on at steady pace. Ashwin is not finding either his line or length as Pakistan comfortably tackle him.
15:56 hrs IST: Bumrah continues to leak runs as his figures read 5-0-36-0. Pakistan are 74/0 after 13 overs.
15:52 hrs IST: Great news for badminton fans. Kidambi Srikanth wins the Indonesian Superseries with a 21-11, 21-19 win over Japan’s Kazumasa Saki. Magnificent stuff. Congrats.
15:51 hrs IST: Fine way to end the over. Zaman dances down the track and flicks it to deep mid wicket for a boundary. Pakistan are 69/0 after 12 overs.
15:48 hrs IST: Glorious shot from Zaman as he punches a full ball straight down the ground for another boundary. Pakistan are 63/0 after 11 overs.
15:47 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Azhar Ali nudges it to mid wicket and takes off for a quick single. Rohit Sharma has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Azhar would have been a goner.
15:43 hrs IST: Inside-edge but safe! The quicker ball from Ashwin and Zaman hangs back on the crease, he gets an inside edge and it rolls to fine leg. Pakistan are 56/0 after 10 overs.
15:41 hrs IST: Another maiden over from Bhuvneshwar. His figures currently read 5-2-10-0. Azhar Ali brings up the 50-run opening stand with a sweep off Ashwin. India need to break this stand urgently.
15:36 hrs IST: THUMP! First six of the match as Azhar Ali launches Ashwin over long off. This is now a solid opening partnership.
15:35 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. Key period this for both Zaman and Azhar. Pakistan have to build on a strong start.
15:32 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulls things back with a tight over. However, on the second ball, Azhar Ali survived a close chance as the edge fell short of the bowler. Pakistan 38/0 after seven overs.
15:28 hrs IST: This is a confident start from Pakistan’s openers. Azhar Ali clips a full and slow ball on the pads to the deep square leg boundary and India are 36/0 after six overs. In Indonesia, Kidambi Srikanth has won the first game 21-11 in the final.
15:25 hrs IST: Edged and four! India’s bowlers are under pressure. Azhar Ali flashes hard and it races away to the third man boundary. Pakistan are 31/1 after 5.1 overs.
15:24 hrs IST: Zaman once again goes for the attack. He steps down the track and hacks a pull shot to the deep square leg boundary.
15:22 hrs IST: Bhuvi tries the bouncer and Zaman goes for the pull, but the ball clangs the helmet and goes away to the third man boundary for four leg-byes. The left-hander has a weakness for the short ball but he still goes for the shots.
15:20 hrs IST: Two boundaries in the over. First, Zaman courtesy an inside edge and Azhar Ali through a forehand slap down the ground. Pakistan 19/0 after four overs.
15:17 hrs IST: EDGED and TAKEN! India strike or have they? Fakhar Zaman edges an away-swinger from Bumrah to the keeper but he has overstepped. Wasted opportunity for India
15:11 hrs IST: Missed run-out chance! Zaman taps it to short cover and sets off for a quick single, the fielder swoops in and has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Zaman would have been a goner.
15:09 hrs IST: Steady start for Bumrah as well. Pakistan not showing any panic. After two overs, they are 3/0.
15:07 hrs IST: Today is father’s day and there has been plenty of posts about how the India vs Pakistan rivalry is like a father-son relationship. Many fans have called India the father of Pakistan.
15:05 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah opens the bowling from the other end to Fakhar Zaman. Survives a close LBW appeal first up but the ball was going down leg side.
15:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar does not do a Zaheer Khan of 2003. He begins with a maiden. Some inswing and outswing on offer for Bhuvi.
15:01 hrs IST: Right, the Pakistani openers are out in the middle. Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali are opening the batting while Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off proceedings with the ball.
14:55 hrs IST: The Indian national anthem is being played first, which will be followed by the national anthem of Pakistan. We are almost nearing action.
14:53 hrs IST: Mohammad Hafeez and Shikhar Dhawan are enjoying a wonderful moment as they laugh and chat. The teams are headed for the national anthems
14:47 hrs IST: Other than the mega-final in cricket, there is also the hockey match between India vs Pakistan in London. Plus, there is also the Indonesian Open final which will feature Kidambi Srikanth. Both will be covered here.
14:39 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
14:32 hrs IST: India win the toss and have opted to bowl versus Pakistan. Ravichandran Ashwin is fit for India and Kohli’s side are unchanged. Mohammad Amir is back for Pakistan, replacing Ruman Raees.
14:23 hrs IST: Just seven minutes to go for the toss. What should be the team’s strategy if they win the toss? Possibly bat first.
Pakistan’s turnaround in the Champions Trophy has been “magnificent”, said India captain Virat Kohli after his side set up Sunday’s final against their fierce rivals.
India eased to a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in Thursday’s semi-final.
Pakistan were comfortably beaten by defending champions India in their opening game but shocked hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday. “They’ve turned around things for themselves really well,” said Kohli.
After that opening defeat by India, Pakistan also beat number one-ranked side South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages before their eight-wicket victory over England to reach Sunday’s final at The Oval.
“They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team,” said Kohli.
Matches between India and Pakistan are the most-watched in cricket and generate some of the highest audiences in world sport, but the two sides have never previously faced each other in a global 50-over final. “Regardless of who you play in the final, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes,” added Kohli.
“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.” Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 123 and Kohli added 96 not out as India serenely chased 265 to beat Bangladesh.
However, Bangladesh had looked set to post a much more challenging score at 154-2, only for Kohli to turn to the part-time off-spin of Kedar Jadhav. Kohli’s decision was vindicated as Jadhav removed both Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) during a tight spell by India’s spinners but the captain admitted that Jadhav’s two wickets were “a bonus.”
“With one left-hander batting, we knew that he had the ability to get in two or three dot balls to the left-hander every over, but it ended up changing the whole game for us,” said Kohli. He added that he could not “take the whole credit” as he also turned to advice from wicketkeeper and former captain MS Dhoni. “We both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment, and he bowled really well. He doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he’s a smart cricketer,” added Kohli.
‘We will be better next time’
Bangladesh reached their first global semi-final thanks to victory over New Zealand in the group stages but again struggled to take wickets, having claimed just 12 in the whole tournament. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his side also could not keep relying on Tamim, Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah for runs but added his young side will be ready to “do better” at the World Cup in 2019, also being played in England and Wales.
“We are coming up still, we need to learn so many things, but I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally to play this sort of match,” said Mortaza.
“Once you are ready mentally, anything can be possible. I know next time the boys will learn.”
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to be fit for selection for the Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday, after completing an entire training session at The Oval on Friday. A back spasm had ruled Amir out of the semi-final against England on June 14, after he failed a fitness test shortly before the toss.
Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan’s bowling coach, said Amir was fit but did not comment on whether the bowler would play on Sunday. “Amir bowled today. Amir is fit. We have not decided about (playing him),” Mahmood said on Friday.
Amir’s likely availability could leave Pakistan with a conundrum, albeit a happy one. Despite bowling well, Amir was wicketless in the first two league matches, against India and South Africa. In the semi-final, Amir was replaced by Rumman Raees, another left-arm fast bowler who made his ODI debut in the match; he shared the new ball with Junaid Khan and took 2 for 44 in Pakistan’s eight-wicket victory.
Along with Hasan Ali, who has emerged as Pakistan’s bowler of the tournament, the pair surprised England, dismissing one of the best batting units over the last two years for 211. Hasan, who suffered a calf niggle in the semi-final, did not train with the team on Friday but Mahmood stated that the bowler was rested as a precautionary move.
Mahmood pointed out that even if Amir were to sit out, it would not be an issue for Pakistan. “We have the bench strength. Last match when Amir was not there people were worried about our main strike bowler not playing. But the way Rumman Raees came in and bowled, it showed we have the bench strength. We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage. It is just a matter of self-belief and confidence. I think anyone can replace anyone.”
Amir has been a near-constant presence in the Pakistan XI since his return to international cricket at the start of 2016, playing 47 out of the side’s 57 international matches, across formats, in this period.
Mahmood stated that Pakistan would be happy to have a big player like Amir back for the final, pending his fitness. “When you go to a final, you want your experienced player, you want him to be fully fit and participating on that particular day. But (we have told him) if he has any doubt he should let us know. At the moment he bowled today. He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we don’t mind if Amir can’t play. If he is not fit, then we have to move on.”
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
21:38 hrs IST: AND IT’S OVER! INDIA WIN BY NINE WICKETS TO SET UP FINAL VS PAKISTAN
21:36 HRS IST: Shakib comes to bowl, Can India finish off it in this over? No they take five runs. India 261/1 in 40 overs
21:34 hrs IST: Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 800 runs in ODIs as India need less than 10 runs to enter final. IND 256/1 in 39 overs
21:30 hrs IST: FOURS! Indian batsmen seem to be in a hurry as both Kohli and Rohit take Shakib to task. IND 249/1 in 38 overs
21:27 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit hits one towards backward square leg fence. His stand with Kohli has crossed 150 run mark. IND 239/1 in 37 overs
21:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli hits Taskin towards deep backward point to move to 77.
21:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit gets his 13th boundary as his shot beats the fielder at mid-off. IND 224/1 in 35 overs
21:16 hrs IST: FOUR! That’s poor fielding. The Bangladesh player doesn’t dive as Kohli gets another four off Shakib and India get closer to win. IND 218/1 in 34 overs
21:12 hrs IST: Rohit completes 11th ODI century with a six off Mustafizur. What an innings! IND 212/1 in 33 overs
21:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli hits Mustafizur towards long-off fence. He is in 60s now. A chanceless knock so far.
21:07 hrs IST: Rohit is batting on 96 and is just four runs short of his 11th ton. IND 201/1 in 32 overs
21:05 hrs IST: FOURS! Rohit pulls Mahmudullah to square leg fence and then Rohit cover-drives for a four. IND 198/1 in 31 overs
21:01 hrs IST: Kohli and Rohit’s stand has crossed 100 run mark. IND 188/1 in 30 overs
20:58 hrs IST: FIFTY comes up for Kohli as he hits a four off Taskin. IND 185/1 in 29 overs.
20:54 hrs IST: Rohit chips one up, Bangladesh sense a chance but there is no fielder at exra cover.IND 177/1 in 28 overs
20:52 hrs IST: Taskin bowls a good over and gives away just one run. But India are still on course for win. IND 173/1 in 27 overs
20:46 hrs IST: ELEGANT! Kohli comes up with his most favourite shot – the cover drive – against Mosaddek as he strikes his fifth boundary. IND 172/1 in 26 overs
20:44 hrs IST:India reach 164/1 in 25 overs (Rohit 81*, Kohli 37*)
20:38 hrs IST: Though Indian batsman have looked elegant, Bangladesh bowlers have lacked the sting too. Their short deliveries have failed to rattle the Indians. IND 161/1 in 24 overs
20:36 hrs IST: BACK TO BACK BOUNDARIES! Rohit is crusing towards his 11th century. A 17-run over of the Men in Blue. IND 156/1 in 23 overs
20:32 hrs IST:FOUR! Kohli strikes Rubel through deep extra cover. He is getting into groove and has upped the ante. He is in 30s now.
20:28 hrs IST: WHAM! Kohli goes after Mustafizur again with successive fours. First he shows his wrist work to flick the fast bowler and then operates a beautiful cover drive. IND 139/1 in 22 overs
20:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Kohli gets his first boundary with a straight drive against Mustafizur.
20:22 hrs IST: India have reached 124/1 in 20 overs and need 141 runs more in 30 overs. Required Run Rate – 4.70
20:18 hrs IST: FOURS! Rohit first pulls Rubel towards square leg and then edges, but there was no fielder at slips. ball goes pat boundary on both occasions. IND 118/1 in 19 overs
20:12 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is taking his time to settle in the middle. Rohit is set at the other end. India won’t mid a couple of boundary-less overs. IND 106/1 in 18 overs
20:06 hrs IST: India cross 100 run mark in 16.2 overs.
20:03 hrs IST:Rohit brings up his 32nd half-century with a single off Shakib. He look to be in deft touch. IND 99/1 in 16 overs
19:58 hrs IST: WICKET!Dhawan (45) departs. IND 87/1 in 14.4 overs
He misses his 20th fifty as Mortaza strikes.Dhawan looks to take Mortaza over mid-off but is caught by Mosaddek.
19:54 hrs IST: Shaib Al Hasan introduced. He is the first spinner for Bangladesh so far. IND 83/0 in 14 overs
19:50 hrs IST: Bangladesh would happily take the over bowled by Mortaza. The Bagladesh captain uses all his experience and gives away just three runs. IND 77/0 in 13 overs
19:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan directs Rubel’s poor delivery towards leg-side. IND 74/0 in 12 overs
19:36 hrs IST: Dhawan (666*) has now become India’s top-scorer in Champions Trophy, surpassing Sourav Ganguly. He is in 30s now. IND 67/0 in 11 overs
19:33 hrs IST: Bangladesh are playing with a four-pronged pace attack today – Mortaza, Rubel, Mustafizur and Tasking. All have been used so far but no wickets. Indian openers are playing them pretty well. IND 63/0 in 10 overs
19:30 hrs IST: This is the third over without a boundary. IND 60/0 in nine overs
19:26 hrs IST: Dhawan doesn’t stop at that. He strikes a four and a huge six as Taskin goves away 16 runs in the over. IND 56/0 in 8 overs
19:23 hrs IST: Bangladesh is all at sea here as the Indian openers have managed a boundary in all the overs so far. This time Dhawan jabs Taskin Ahmed towards backward point.
19:20 hrs IST: YET ANOTHER FOUR! Rohit again picks the short length delivery early four a boundary against Mortaza. IND 40/0 in 7 overs
19:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan is also relentless today. The left-hander opener gets into position early against Taskin’s short ball and gets a boundary. IND 36/0 in 6 overs
19:14 hrs IST: Taskin Ahmed into the attack now!
19:10 hrs IST: FOUR! ROHIT IS ON FIRE! The right hander directs Mortaza’s cutter to on-side as the ball races to boundary. He judged the short ball really well. IND 31/0 in 5 overs
19:07 hrs IST: FOUR! A boundary to end the over as Rohit hits Mustafizur to mid-off boundary with an elegant drive. IND 25/0 in 4 overs
19:06 hrs IST: FOUR! What a square drive by Rohit. This will make Indian dressing room happy.
19:04 hrs IST: India are 13/0 in three overs. Dhawan will regain his spot as top run score in this edition of ICC Champions Trophy if he reaches 23.
19:00 hrs IST: So Mortaza now has a man for Dhawan in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg.
18:58 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. India are 11/0 after 2 overs.
18:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan punishing anything short. Mustafizur needs to hit the correct length before it gets too late.
18:56 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Mustafizur and Dhawan times it well past the fielder at cover point for his first boundary.
18:54 hrs IST: Mustafizur Rahman comes into the attack. Surely, the ‘Fizz’ will hold the key to Bangladesh’s chances here.
18:53 hrs IST: Tidy start from Mortaza. India are 2/0 after first over.
18:52 hrs IST: Length ball from Mortaza, Rohit works it to square leg to get off the mark with a double.
18:51 hrs IST: Dhawan and Rohit to open. Mortaza to start the proceedings for Bangladesh.
18:50 hrs IST: Welcome back!
18:20 hrs IST: Bangladesh end on 264/7 in 50 overs
18:16 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar is down! He has hurt his leg in his follow through in the last over. Bangladesh, meanwhile, has crossed 260.
18:11 hrs IST: FOURS! Turning out to be a costly over for India as MOsrtaza goes after Bumrah. BAN 258/7 in 49 overs
18:10 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky there! Tasking edges to Bhuvneshwar as the flies away to the boundary. BAN 248/7 in 48 overs
18:04 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! Bumrah Yorker is edged by Mortaza and goes left of Dhoni to boundary. BAN 244/7 in 47 overs
18:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Mortaza gets some crucial runs as his mistimed pull gets the ball over Dhoni’s head towards four. BAN 231/7 in 46 overs
17:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Mahmudullah out
17:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Mashrafe Mortaza goes for the big one against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. BAN 226/6 in 44 overs
17:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Mosaddek Out, BAN BAN 218/6 (42.3)
Bumrah gets his first wicket as Mosaddek mistimes pull is caught y the bowler himself.
17:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Now Mahmudullah reverse sweeps Ashwin for a boundary.
17:38 hrs IST: Bumrah is back in the attack and gets hit for a four by Mosaddek Hossain at mid-off. BAN 212/5 in 41 overs
17:35 hrs IST: Mahmudullah and Mosaddek Hossain have handled the collapse pretty well. BAN 206/5 in 40 overs
17:30 hrs IST: DROPPED! Mahmudullah is let off by Ashwin at third man off Pandya. BAN 197/5 in 39 overs
17:26 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja now has 16 wickets
17:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Mosaddek cuts Jadeja to ease the pressure a bit. BAN 188/5 in 37 overs
17:19 hrs IST: WICKET!Rahim (61) out! BAN 179/5 in 35.2 overs
Bangladesh feels the heat as Jadhav gets his second. Rahim tries to take the spinner through mid-wicket but is caught by Kohli, who is excited and is not shy of expressing it. he makes a funny face and the crowd the love it.
17:13 hrs IST: WICKET! Shakib (15) departs! BAN 177/4 in 34.2 overs
Jadeja gets his first wicket as Shakib tries got for a cut against the spinner and is caught behind by Dhoni. A brilliant attempt.
17:10 hrs IST: FOUR! A boundary after a long time for Bangladesh. Shakib slashes Jadeja for a four. BAN 175/3 in 33 overs
17:07 hrs IST: Jadhav continues from the other end. He has essayed the role of the third spinner pretty well. But Bangladesh have a deep batting line-up. BAN 167/3 in 32 overs
17:04 hrs IST: Jadeja has been miserly so far. He has given 33 runs in seven overs so far. BAN 164/3 in 33 overs
17:00 hrs IST: The drying up of boundaries mounted the pressure on Bangladesh. Still, Tamim looked set but a wild drive did him in. Shakib Al Hasan is the new batsman at the crease. BAN 161/3 in 30 overs
16:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Tamim Iqbal (70) departs! BAN 154/3 in 28 overs
The set batsman goes a wild drive but misses Kedar Jadhav’s line. He tried to take him over mid-wicket but is bowled.
16:54 hrs IST: The Edgbaston is basking in sunlight after a long time. No boundary for Bangladesh in the last three overs.
16:50 hrs IST: Rahim scores 26th half-century as Bangladesh reach 150-run mark in 26.2 overs
16:46 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls his fourth over as Mushfiqur Rahim is just four runs short of his half-century. BAN 142/2 in 25 overs
16:42 hrs IST: Tamim and Rahim’s stand has now crossed 100 run mark. They have handled the spin duo Ashwin and Jadeja pretty well. BAN 137/2 in 24 overs
16:37 hrs IST: THREE STRAIGHT FOURS! Tamim is on fire! He goes after Ashwin. First the left-hander cuts four a boundary, then hits through the covers and then flicks towards leg. BAN 123/2 in 22 overs
16:34 hrs IST: HUGE APPEAL! Rahim goes for a slog sweep and misses the line of the delivery as Dhoni removes the bails. Replays show he was inside the line. BAN 110/2 in 21 overs
16:32 hrs IST: Ashwin gives away just one run! BAN 105/2 in 20 overs
16:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Tamim gets to his 38th half-century with a reverse sweep off Jadeja. BAN 104/2 in 19 overs
16:26 hrs IST: Raviundra Jadeja into the attack now.
16:24 hrs IST: Ashwin continues from the other end. This partnership is like a thorn for India. The earlier they get one of them out, the better for Kohli’s men. BAN 96/2 in 18 overs
16:20 hrs IST: It’s the drinks break. Both teams have something to take from the first hour of play. Bangladesh have shown the confidence and playing to a plan.
16:18 hrs IST: SIX! Tamim Iqbal takes Pandya over square leg. He has moved to his 40s. BAN 90/2 in 17 overs
16:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Tamim directs Ashwin delivery towards third man!. This is intelligent batting by Bangladesh’s most senior batsman. BAN 83/2 in 16 overs
16:12 hrs IST: Ashwin starts his second over on a poor note as he bowls a wide. He covers quickly and goves away just three more runs. BAN 66/2 in 14 overs
16:08 hrs IST: Meanwhile, India’s squad for West Indies limited overs series has been announced. Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant included in the squad while Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested.
16:04 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya gets an inside edge off Tamim, as the ball hits the stumps. No danger, however, as it’s called a no ball. Tough luck! BAN 62/2 in 13 overs
16:02 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes from the other end. His no ball gives Bangladesh a free-hit. Only two runs from it .
16:00 hrs IST: First bowling change for India! R Ashwin comes in to bowl the 12th over and gives away two runs. BAN 49/2 in 12 overs.
15:58 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar continues from the other end and gives away just one run. BAN 47/2 in 11 overs
15:57 hrs IST: Bumrah bowls another tight over. He is keeping up the pressure from one end. BAN 46/2 in 10 overs
15:48 hrs IST: RAHIM ON FIRE! The ex-skipper continues his attack as he gets straight fours. First he produces an elegant cover drive and then cuts through point. BAN 45/2 in 9 overs
15:47 hrs IST: THAT WILL HURT! Rahim goes for a wild heave against Bhuvneshwar, the ball gets an inside edge but misses the stumps and goes past Dhoni for a boundary.
15:41 hrs IST: Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman. This partnership will be crucial for Bangladesh. The duo is their most in-form batsmen. Bumrah gives away just one run in the eighth over. BAN 32/2 in 8 overs
15:39 hrs IST: WICKET!Sabbir (19) gone! BAN 31/2 in 6.5 overs
15:35 hrs IST: A Maiden over after a long time. Bumrah’s over will give Kohli’s India breathing space after the mayhem by Sabbir. BAN 31/1 in 6 overs
15:33 hrs IST: Bangladesh have so far got boundaries in every over except the first one. Indian pacers need to find a quick answer to their onslaught.
15:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar gets a leading edge off Tamim. But the ball flies away from the fielder at second slip. Bangladesh fans are rejoicing. BAN 31/1 in 5 overs
15:27 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! Sabbir is ripping apart the Indian pacers. He is taking full advantage of the powerplay overs as there are no fielders in the outfield. This time he hits over long off against Bumrah. BAN 26/1 in 4 overs
15:22 hrs IST: MORE FOURS! Rahman is essaying his pinch-hitting role pretty well. First he lofts Bhuvneshwar over mid-off and then gets another boundary with a beautiful cover drive. BAN 21/1 in 3 overs
15:16 hrs IST: FOURS! Bangladesh makes a strong comeback Tamim and No.3 Sabbir Rahman goes after Jasprit Bumrah. First Tamim directs the ball towards square leg and then Rahman gets off the blocks with an elegant square drive and then BAN 11/1 in 2 overs
15:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Soumya Sarkar gone. BAN 1/1 in 1 over
Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattles Soumya stumps. The length delivery took Soumya’s inside edge and then his the leg stump.
15:12 hrs IST: Bangladesh get off the mark as Tamim Iqbal takes a single off Bhuvneshwar. The Indian pacer is bowling a tight line!
15:11 hrs IST: Action starts!
The final league game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is a winner takes it all encounter. Pakistan, who have been inconsistent, square off against Sri Lanka who has also not displayed consistency. The situation is simple for both teams. A win puts them into the semi-final while a loss eliminates them. The situation is slightly dire for Pakistan as a washout will also knock them out. Sri Lanka, buoyed by their victory over India in their previous game, will be aiming to repeat their performance and qualify for the semi-final.
Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali
23:18 hrs IST: Pakistan will take on England in the first semifinal match on Wednesday.
23:11 hrs IST: After the match, Sarfraz Ahmed said – “First of all, thanks to the Almighty. I can’t believe it. Thanks to Amir, he played really well. I jus told him to play his game and not to worry about the score. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. Drop catches are part of the game. Allah helped us and that’s why Pakistan won today.”
23:02 hrs IST: Pakistan have clinched the match by 3 wickets! Sarfraz Ahmed finishes with 61 off 79 balls.
22:57 hrs IST: This has been an inspired show by Sarfraz, but the batting will be a concern for the team ahead of their match against England. PAK 233/7
22:53 hrs IST: Pakistan looked in trouble after losing seven wickets, but the skipper has truly led from the front. PAK 222/7
22:50 hrs IST: Pakistan are just 18 runs away from victory!
22:47 hrs IST: A beautiful drive from Sarfraz Ahmed and it brings up his fifty! PAK 217/7
22:45 hrs IST: A wide ball from Lakmal and Sarfraz Ahmed gets his 3rd boundary! PAK 211/7
22:41 hrs IST: It’s all going terribly wrong for Sri Lanka. Another misfield and another boundary. PAK 205/7
22:39 hrs IST: Another catch miss for Sri Lanka! The fielding has really failed them today. PAK 199/7
22:38 hrs IST: Sarfraz Ahmed moves into the 40s. PAK 198 for the loss of 7 wickets.
22:34 hrs IST: 39 overs gone. Pakistan need 41 off 66 balls.
22:30 hrs IST: A mishit from Sarfraz and Thisara Perera misses an easy catching effort at mid-on. PAK 194/7
22:24 hrs IST: Another boundary for Sarfraz Ahmed as the fielder makes a mess of it in front of the boundary. PAK 192/7
22:21 hrs IST: A single takes the partnership to 25 runs. This is turning out to be extremely crucial for Pakistan. PAK 188/7
22:17 hrs IST: Sri Lanka gifts 4 runs in overthrows! It’s a comedy of errors at Cardiff! PAK 183/7
22:10 hrs IST: 34 overs gone. Pakistan are 173 for the loss of 7 wickets.
22:06 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are choking Pakistan right now with the batters struggling to score any run. PAK 168/7
22:01 hrs IST: It has been a woeful batting performance by Pakistan till now! PAK 166/7
21:56 hrs IST: OUT! Faheem Ashraf backed the run too much as the ball touched the bowler’s fingers and hit the non-striker end wicket for a run out. PAK 162/7
21:53 hrs IST: The pair of Sarfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf is key to Pakistan’s chances in this match. PAK 162/6
21:48 hrs IST: The Sri Lanka frontline pacers have eight overs left. What will Mathews do? PAK 158/6
21:44 hrs IST: 28 overs gone.Pakistan are 157 for the loss of 6 wickets.
21:41 hrs IST: A boundary for Ashraf! This is getting interesting! PAK 150/6
21:38 hrs IST: The Pakistan fans are putting their hopes on Faheem Ashraf and he starts with a six! PAK 144/6
21:32 hrs IST: OUT! Nuwan Pradeep strikes again as Imad Wasim becomes his third victim. PAK 137/6
21:28 hrs IST: 25 overs gone. Pakistan are 132 for the loss of 5 wickets.
21:24 hrs IST: OUT! Fifth wicket goes down for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik is caught behind for 11, PAK 131/5
21:15 hrs IST: Maiden over from Malinga. Pakistan 124/4 after 23 overs.
21:12 hrs IST: 5 runs from Lakhmal’s over. Pakistan are 124/4.
21:10 hrs IST: Pakistan’s batsmen are going for some seriously tight singles here. Sri Lanka need to do better with hitting the stumps at such opportunities.
21:07 hrs IST: Malik and Sarfaraz take 8 rubs from Malinga’s over. Pakistan 119/4.
21:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Malinga strays a little too wide and Sarfaraz duly sends the ball through the off side field.
21:03 hrs IST: Excellent over from Lakhmal; just the one run and a wicket from it. Sri Lanka are 111/4 after 20 overs.
20:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Azhar Ali edges one to Mendis at slip who makes no mistake. Lakhmal gets his first wicket of the game.
20:56 hrs IST: Another tight over from Sri Lanka; just 4 off it. Pakistan 110/3 after 19 overs.
20:50 hrs IST: After 18 overs, Pakistan are 106/3.
20:42 hrs IST: OUT! Wickets are tumbling fast as Mohammad Hafeez departs. PAK 95/3
20:37 hrs IST: OUT! Pradeep strikes for Sri Lanka. Babar Azar departs for 10. PAK 92/2
20:30 hrs IST: A loud caught behind appeal from Thisara Perera, but was denied by the umpire.PAK 89/1
20:27 hrs IST: 14 overs gone. Pakistan are 87 for the loss of one wicket.
20:22 hrs IST: Babar Azam boasts of an ODI average of 54! PAK 80/1
20:19 hrs IST: Short, wide and punished by Babar Azam as he gets his first boundary. PAK 78/1
20:17 hrs IST: Babar Azam is the new batsman for Pakistan. PAK 74/1
20:15 hrs IST: OUT! Fakhar Zaman goes for the big one but is caught in the deep, PAK 74/1
20:14 hrs IST: Fifty for Fakhar Zaman! PAK 74/0
20:13 hrs IST: Deft touch by Zaman and the ball rushes to the boundary. PAK 73/0
20:11 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne is introduced into the attack. PAK 68/0
20:09 hrs IST: 10 overs gone. Pakistan are 65 for no loss.
20:06 hrs IST: This is too easy for the openers as Zaman gets another boundary through the fine leg region. PAK 61/0
20:04 hrs IST: Length ball and Farhan Zaman gets the first six of his innings. PAK 57/0
20:00 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Pakistan in the 9th over with all 10 wickets remaining.
19:56 hrs IST: Zaman dances down the wicket and hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. PAK 41/0
19:53 hrs IST: A slower delivery and Azhar Ali hits it out of the ground! PAK 37/0
19:50 hrs IST: 7 overs gone. Pakistan are 31 for no loss.
19:47 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep is the new bowler for Sri Lanka. PAK 27/0
19:43 hrs IST: Azhar Ali joins the party with a boundary of his own. PAK 26/0
19:35 hrs IST: 4 overs gone. Pakistan are 19/0 with Fakhar Zaman getting his 4th boundary of the game.
19:32 hrs IST: This is turning out to be a very costly over. Zaman drives it through cover for another four. PAK 14/0
19:30 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries for Fakhar Zaman. PAK 10/0
19:23 hrs IST: No run conceded in the first over. PAK 0/0
19:22 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga to bowl the first over. PAK 0/0
19:00 hrs IST: The winner of this game will face England in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal.
18:50 hrs IST: OUT! Sri Lanka’s innings comes to an end on 236 as Fahim Ashraf picks out the last wicket.
18:47 hrs IST: 2013 was the last time a Pakistan bowler delivered 3 or more maidens in an ODI, before Junaid Khan in this game. SL 235/9
18:43 hrs IST: OUT! That’s the end of Asela Gunaratne as he is caught in the deep off Hasan Ali. SL 232/9
18:40 hrs IST: At the end of the 48th over, Sri Lanka are 232/8 thanks to a late charge from Asela Gunaratne.
18:37 hrs IST: A dil-scoop from Gunaratne! SL 225/8
18:34 hrs IST: 46 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 218 for 8.
18:32 hrs IST: A reverse weep from Gunaratne, but the catch is put down by the fielder. SL 217/8
18:30 hrs IST: 45 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 214 for 8.
18:25 hrs IST: OUT! Hasan Ali gets the better of Suranga Lakmal as he is castled for 26. SL 213/8
18:22 hrs IST: Another boundary. This partnership is going great guns right now. SL 207/7
18:18 hrs IST: 200 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 43rd over. SL 200/7
18:18 hrs IST: 200 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 43rd over. SL 200/7
18:15 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne and Suranga Lakmal have steadied the innings. SL 198/7
18:05 hrs IST: A good over by Imad Wasim as just 2 runs came off it. SL 184/7
18:02 hrs IST: 38 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 182 for the loss of 7 wickets.
17:54 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have lost 4 wickets in the matter of just 12 runs. SL 173/7
17:52 hrs IST: It was a straight one from Junaid Khan and Perera edged it to the slip fielder. SL 167/7
17:50 hrs IST: Another wicket goes down as Junaid Khan dismisses Thisara Perera. SL 167/6
17:47 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir has been brilliant in his second spell with two wickets to his name. SL 166/6
17:44 hrs IST: Brilliant catch by Sarfraz Ahmed, but the ball did hit the ground! The batsman is safe. SL 165/6
17:39 hrs IST: OUT! Second wicket for Amir as he dismisses Niroshan Dickwella! SL 162/6
17:35 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down. Dhananjaya de Silva is caught behind for 3 as Junaid Khan strikes again. SL 162/5
17:28 hrs IST: OUT! Finally the breakthrough for Pakistan! Mohammed Amir castles Angelo Mathews for 39. SL 161/4
17:23 hrs IST: Dickwella was beaten thrice in that over. Can Junaid Khan claim the all-important wicket? S: 162/3
17:21 hrs IST: Junaid Khan is back in the attack and he has been Pakistan’s best bowler till now. SL 161/3
17:18 hrs IST: 30 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 16 for the loss of 3 wickets.
17:15 hrs IST: Another one for Angelo Mathews! The Sri Lanka skipper is looking in prime form as he hits it to the long-on boundary. SL 155/3
17:14 hrs IST: A brilliant boundary for Angelo Mathews and Sri Lanka’s score goes past 150. SL 151/3
17:13 hrs IST: The partnership between Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Matthews is 63 off 82 balls. SL 147/3
17:08 hrs IST: Sri Lanka were completely outplayed in their first game against South Africa, but the win over India will give them a lot of confidence. SL 140/3
17:03 hrs IST: A close shave for Angelo Matthews, but he was able to make his ground. SL 134/3
17:00 hrs IST: Angelo Matthews was brilliant against India and his team will be banking on him again to guide them to glory. SL 133/3
16:57 hrs IST: 24 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 124/3
16:55 hrs IST: Excellent over for Sri Lanka, as they take 12 runs off Ashraf. They are 118/3 after 23 overs.
16:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Mathews hits the first boundary in nearly 10 overs through the leg side.
16:48 hrs IST: SL 106/3 after a tight over from Hafeez.
16:43 hrs IST: 100 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 21st over. SL 102/3
16:40 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella brings up his fifty with a single. SL 97/3
16:35 hrs IST: 19 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 96/3
16:32 hrs IST: Sri Lanka came into the tournament with an ‘underdog’ tag and a win here can do wonders for this team. SL 91/1
16:25 hrs IST: 17 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 86 for the loss of three wickets.
16:21 hrs IST: Angelo Matthews is the new batsman for Sri Lanka. SL 83/3
16:18 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down as Faheem Ashraf takes the important wicket of Dinesh Chandimal. SL 83/3
16:12 hrs IST: OUT! Hasan Ali is the one to strike for Pakistan as he takes the wicket of Kusal Mendis. SL 82/2
16:10 hrs IST: Pakistan have lost just once against Sri Lanka in ICC tournament. SL 82/1
16:08 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella has played brilliantly till now and he is just 12 runs away from his half century. SL 81/1
16:00 hrs IST: A brilliant shot by Kusal Mendis and the ball rushes to the boundary. SL 70/1
15:59 hrs IST: Pakistan’s woeful performance continues as Babar Azam commits yet another misfielding. SL 66/1
15:53 hrs IST: Imad Wasim is bowling a straight one and without much movement, the Sri Lankan batters are looking very comfortable. SL 59/1
15:50 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Sri Lanka for the loss of one wicket.
15:44 hrs IST: India defeat South Africa by 8 wickets last night to guarantee their spot in the semifinals. The winner of this match will now face England in the semis. SL 40/1
15:39 hrs IST: 8 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 37 for the loss of one wicket.
15:35 hrs IST: The wicket has not bothered the Sri Lankan batters much as they continue to keep the scorecard ticking. SL 36/1
15:27 hrs IST: It was a weak shot from Danushka Gunathilaka and Shoaib Malik made no mistake in taking the catch. SL 26/1
15:24 hrs IST: OUT! Gunathilaka is the first person to go for Sri Lanka as Junaid Khan strikes! SL 26/1
15:18 hrs IST: After a superb over, Junaid suffers the downside as he concedes three fours in his over. Sri Lanka start well and have moved to 25/0 after four overs
15:16 hrs IST: CRACK! Superb shot from Gunathilaka. Short and wide from Junaid and the batsman pounces on the width and cracks it to the deep extra cover for a boundary.
15:12 hrs IST: Dickwella has started off well and Sri Lanka have started off steadily. Sri Lanka 12/0 after three overs.
15:08 hrs IST: Junaid Khan to partner Amir at the other end. He starts off with a maiden. Good swing on offer for the left-armer. Sri Lanka 4/0 with two overs.
15:03 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir opens the bowling. Niroshan Dickwella gets going with a boundary. Sri Lanka 4/0 in first over.
14:56 hrs IST: Time for the national anthems of both the nations. Conditions are overcast in Cardiff but there is no threat of rain for the moment. However, it is the UK weather, folks. It can be very fickle indeed.
14:50 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik is playing his 250th ODI for Pakistan. It seems he has been playing for so long. From his debut in 2000 till 2017, he has batted in all positions. Yes, even at No.11.
14:30 hrs IST: Pakistan have chosen to bowl vs Sri Lanka. Shadab Khan is not playing in this match for Pakistan.
14:25 hrs IST: All set for the toss. Looks like Dhananjaya de Silva will come in for Kusal Perera, who was ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the game against India at The Oval.
21:44 hrs IST: It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament. Very disappointing. Credit to them in those first 15-20 overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often – AB de Villiers
21:40 hrs IST: It was a good toss to win. The wicket didn’t change much. Our bowlers bowled really well. Always good to get him (AB) out early. He can really hurt you in the middle overs – Virat Kohli
21:34 hrs IST: It was an important game for us. We were looking forward to the game. We wanted to be calm and wanted to execute our plans in this game, so it worked out for us. I was happy to bowl with the new ball. We contained well at the start. The ball wasn’t swinging, so we wanted to stick to a tight line, not give them room – Jasprit Bumrah
21:30 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah has been declared the Man of the Match for figures of 2/28.
21:25 hrs IST: This has been great performance from Indian batsmen and bowlers alike. They raised their game when needed the most.
21:21 hrs IST: SIX! Yuvraj Singh hits the winning runs off Duminy as India enter semi-finals
21:18 hrs IST: Kohli has today shown the responsibility worthy of a captain. IND 183/2 in 37 overs
21:14 hrs IST: Kohli moves to his seventies as India get closer to semi-finals. IND 176/2 in 36 overs
21:08 hrs IST: Tahir takes a review for a LBW. It is unsuccessful. Replays show an inside edge. IND 173/2 in 35 overs
21:04 hrs IST: Duminy comes into the attack. He does a decent job and gives away just 4 runs. India will happily take it. IND 166/2 in 34 overs
20:59 hrs IST: FOUR! Yuvraj Singh comes to his elements as he lifts Tahir to long on boundary. IND 162/2 in 33 overs
20:56 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman at the crease. He has his captain for company. India are now 30-odd runs away from entering the semi-finals. IND 156/2 in 32 overs
20:54 hrs IST: BIG NEWS! Rafael Nadal has defeated Stan Wawrinka to win record 10th French Open title
20:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhawan (78) departs.
Tahir gets one through his wrong ‘un. Dhawan mistimes his shot and top-edges to Du Plessis.
20:46 hrs IST: The maturity that Dhawan and Kohli have shown is tremendous. It was low target but then the opposition had bowlers like Rabada and Tahir. They capitalised on the missed chance to build a steady stand. 151/1 in 30 overs
20:37 hrs IST: FOURS! Dhawan moves to his seventies with couple of fours. He seems to be in a hurry. IND 142/1 in 28 overs
20:34 hrs IST: Kohli completes his 41st half-century with a single off Morris.
20:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan pulls Rabada for a four. He uses the pace the ball well. He is in tremendous form. IND 131/1 in 27 overs
20:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan is having a gala time on the field. He swipes for another four off Morris.
20:25 hrs IST: South Africa have been off-colour in the field so far. India gets two extra runs through leg byes. IND 118/1 in 25 overs
20:20 hrs IST: Dhawan reaches 19th fifty with a four off Morris. This is Dhawan’s third half-century in three matches. IND 115/1 in 24 overs
20:17 hrs IST: FOURS! Kohli times the ball well off Morkel and finds a boundary with a flick. Then he gets another with a boundary in the extra-cover. IND 110/1 in 23 overs
20:15 hrs IST: Kohli is batting on 39 while Dhawan is on 49. They have the ability to finish this game off. IND 102/1 in 22 overs
20:11 hrs IST: FOURS! Kohli takes Morkel to task. First he sends the ball to backward point boundary and then guides the ball between slip and gully. IND 100/1 in 21 overs
20:07 hrs IST: Dhawan is just three runs short of his 19th half-century
20:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan drives Phehlukwayo to cover point. The left-hander has timed his innings really well. IND 90/1 in 20 overs
20:01 hrs IST: FOURS! Dhawan ups the ante after a lull in the proceedings. He goes after Tahir. First he punishes the spinner for a bad short ball and then goes for a cover drive. IND 85/1 in 19 overs
19:57 hrs IST: Dhawan mistimes a pull but the ball falls short of mid-wicket fielder. IND 76/1 in 18 overs
19:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhawan sweeps Tahir to reach 35. IND 75/1 in 17 overs
19:45 hrs IST: DROPPED! Amla lets go Kohli at first slip. He goes for a drive and edges but Amla can’t hold to the tough chance. IND 70/1 in 16 overs
19:39 hrs IST: FOUR! King Kohli shows his class! He taps the ball on the off-side against Morris and it races to the boundary. IND 65/1 in 15 overs
19:37 hrs IST: SIX! Kohli finally breaks the shackles with straight six against Phehlukwayo. IND 58/1 in 14 overs
19:32 hrs IST: Morris comes into the attack. South Africa trying all their options today. Kohli doesn’t look too fluent though as he gets to the other end with a rickety pull. IND 50/1 in 13 overs
19:29 hrs IST: South Africa’s fielding has been poor so far. In Phehlukwayo’s first over, Miller misfields and then another fielder can’t take a half chance. IND 47/1 in 12 overs
19:25 hrs IST: India are not taking any chance at all. They are not hitting the boundaries in regular interval but are yet cruising to the target. IND 41/1 in 11 overs
19:19 hrs IST: India gets a free-hit after Morkel’s no-ball. India get only two runs. IND 37/1 in 10 overs
19:16 hrs IST: FOURS! India finally break the shackles as Dhawan goes after Morkel in mid-off. He follows it with another four off an elegant cover drive.
19:14 hrs IST: India take their first run in 15 balls as Kohli drives to cover fielder. IND 26/1 in 9 overs
19:11 hrs IST: India 24/1 in eight overs after Morkel and Rabada bowl successive maiden over.
19:07 hrs IST: India seem to have slowed down a bit after Rohit’s departure. It’s the right approach. The target is not high but any collapse would bring the doomsday on them.
19:03 hrs IST: WICKET! Rohit falls. IND 23/1 in 5.3
The opener goes for a wild heave and edges to Morkel. He is caught by wicketkeeper de Kock.
18:58 hrs IST:FOUR! Dhawan is not letting anything stop him. Now he pulls Rabada for a four. IND 23/0 in 5 overs
18:55 hrs IST: SIX! Now Dhawan targets Morkel. The left-hander brilliantly flicks the fast bowler over square leg. IND 18/0 in 4 overs
18:50 hrs IST: BATSMEN ON FIRE! Rohit goes after Rabada with a four and a six. IND 12/0 in 3 overs
18:46 hrs IST: Morne Morkel comes to bowl from the other end. And Dhawan is almost run out but Miller’s direct throw misses stumps. India 2/0 in 2 overs
18:42 hrs IST: A maiden over to start with! Rohit hasn’t looked too comfortable against Rabada. But then he struggles against Mohammad Amir too in the first match but then went on to score 91. India 0/0 in 1 over
18:41 hrs IST: The target is not big for India but Rohit and Dhawan needs to provide India strong base.
18:37 hrs IST: India’s chase about to start! Rohit and Shikhar are at the ground! Kagiso Rabada will bowl the first over.
18:20 hrs IST: It was a very disciplined performance from us. The team depends on me as I’m the new ball bowler to take early wickets. With no swing in this tournament, we were looking to bowl cross-seam to get assistance from the wicket. It’s a pretty good total to chase down. We’ve seen 300 to be a par-score on this ground. Bowling them out for 190 was good – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
18:16 hrs IST: India are yet to get beaten by South Africa in ICC Champions Trophy. They have a 3-0 head to head record.
18:12 hrs IST:India thus need 192 runs in 50 overs to get an entry into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-finals. Task is only half-done now.
18:10 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Tahir gone as South Africa are all out for 191
18:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar misses a hat-trick. South Africa get some extra runs as Bhuvi’s short legth delivery goes down leg. SA 189/9 in 43 overs
18:01 hrs IST: Morkel gone! SA 184/9 in 42.3
Bhuvneshwar on a hat-trick now as Morne Morkel top-edges the short delivery and is caught by Kohli.
17:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada (5) gone! SA 184/8 in 42.2
17:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Rabada pulls Bumrah for a boundary. Can South Africa reach 200-run mark? SA 182/7 in 41 overs
17:48 hrs IST: WICKET! Phehlukwayo (4) out!
Successful review by India! Bumrah gets his second wicket as he traps Phehlukwayo in front of the wicket. He was given out but India went for review, a successful one.
17:44 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar back into the attack. He gives away three runs. SA 178/6 in 40 overs
17:40 hrs IST: FOUR! R Ashwin come to bowl after a long gap and gets treated with a boundary by No. 7 Phehlukwayo. SA 175/6 in 39 overs
17:37 hrs IST: Pandya completes his 10 overs. He has given away 52 runs, taking rthe wicket of Faf du Plessis. SA 169/6 in 38 overs
17:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Morris departs! SA – 167/6 (36.4 Ovs)
Bumrah gets his first wicket as Morris goes for a wild swing and top edges to Bhuvneshwar at short mid-wicket.
17:29 hrs IST: The last 10 overs will be shared by India’s two best death over bowlers – Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar.
17:27 hrs IST: Pandya is bowling is ninth over. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have five overs left each while Ashwin has three. SA 165/5 in 36 overs
17:20 hrs IST: Appeal for a run out against Morris. But replays show he was clearly inside the line. SA 162/5 in 35 overs
17:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Du Plessis (30) departs. SA 157/5 in 33.3 overs
And Pandya strikes. He bowls du Plessis out as the ball stays a bit low . Pandya breaks into a wild celebration.
17:13 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls a quick over yet again. If he can get one more wickets at this stage, India will be in total control. SA 156/4 in 33 overs
17:10 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya is bowling his overs out. Kohli wants to use him against the new batsmen. No success for the all-rounder so far though he was responsible for a brilliant run out. SA 152/4 in 32 overs
17:08 hrs IST: REVIEW! Duminy takes it after he is given LBW off Jadeja. But replays show that the ball touched his gloves. SA 148/4 in 31 overs
17:03 hrs IST: South Africa 145/4 in 30 overs
17:01 hrs IST: South Africa committing a hara-kiri! David Miller (1) is run out! There is confusion in the middle as both Faf and Miller run towards the same direction. Faf has a bigger dive and gets saved.
16:55 hrs IST: WICKET! AB De Villiers (16) gone! SA 140/3 in 28.2 overs
Run out! Hardik Pandya makes a brilliant throw as Dhoni makes no mistake to run an indecisive ABD out!
16:51 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls and economical over and gives away just one run. SA 132/1 in 27 overs
16:45 hrs IST: FOURS! First ABD cover-drives Pandya and then de Plessis follows his captain’s footsteps to hit a four in the fine-leg region. SA 131/2 in 26 overs
16:42 hrs IST: AB De Villiers comes in to bat.
16:39 hrs IST: De Kock (53) out! SA 116/2
Ravindra Jadeja gets his first wicket! De Kock misses the line of Jadeja’s delivery and is bowled.
16:38 hrs IST: SA’s run rate in the first 15 overs of the inns in this tournament – the lowest among all teams.
16:35 hrs IST: Quinton De Kock gets to his 14th half-century. SA 116/1 in 24 overs
16:32 hrs IST: Jadeja comes to bowl in. He picked two wickets in the first match against Pakistan but was devoid of success in the second game against Sri Lanka.
16:28 hrs IST: South Africa reach 100-run mark in 21.2 overs as Pandya bowls a wide. SA 104/1 in 22 overs
16:25 hrs IST: De Kock is just 6 runs short of his 14th half-century. The young left-hander has batted with responsibility. SA 99/1 in 21 overs
16:20 hrs IST: FOUR! De Kock comes forward and directs the ball towards mid-wicket. Ashwin won’t like it much. SA 94/1 in 20 overs
16:17 hrs IST: India are using spinners from both ends now. Jadeja bowling the 19th over. He had a poor outing against Sri Lanka. has to get more sting to his bowling. He gives away seven runs. SA 84/1 in 19 overs
16:14 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis comes to bat at No. 3. Meanwhile, De Kock has moved to 35
16:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Amla (35) gone. SA 76/1 in 17.3 overs
Ashwin draws the first blood as Amla edged to Dhoni. Ashwin ball skidded a bit as it took Amla’s edge. Dhoni makes no mistake
16:05 hrs IST: Ashwin comes to bowl. Amla and De Kock get to the line of his deliveries and drive him easily. The is good batting. SA 67/0 in 16 overs
16:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Amla is getting more fluent as the over progress. This time he flicks Pandya to fine leg. SA 62/0 in 15 overs
15:53 hrs IST: SIX! The first maximum of the match. Amla flicks Pandya over square leg. It was his first boundary in 25 balls.
15:56 hrs IST: DROPPED! Pandya fails to catch Amla on his own follow through. SA 50/0 in 13 overs
15:54 hrs IST: RUN OUT CHANCE! Kohli’s throw from mid-off misses the stumps. De Kock is safe.
15:50 hrs IST: India’s fielding needs to be tighter! De Kock pushes Ashwin towards short fine leg. The fielder dives but misses the ball completely as the Proteas get another boundary. SA 48/0 in 12 overs
15:44 hrs IST: Another bowling change! Pandya come into the attack. Amla and De Kock is in no hurry. They rely on the ones and twos to keep the scorecard moving. They have got the base to build a big score! SA 41/0 in 11 overs
15:40 hrs IST: R Ashwin introduced in the 10th over. He gives away a wide but bowls the other deliveries decently. SA 35/0 in 10 overs
15:37 hrs IST: CLOSE! Bhuvneshwar sneaks one through Amla bat and pads. The ball cut in sharply but the stumps are intact. SA 33/0 in 9 overs
15:33 hrs IST: Bumrah continues from the other end and relies on full length deliveries just outside off. Has worked in his favour so far. SA 30/0 in 8 overs
15:29 hrs IST: That’s close! Bhuvneshwar’s length ball stays low as De Kock looks dazed. And the medium pacer beats De Kock yet again with a length ball. SA 28/0 in 7 overs
15:26 hrs IST: Now Amla joins the party! The right hander punches Bumrah’s short ball through cover point. The South African openers seem to have got over the initial jitters. SA 26/0 in 6 overs
15:23 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! De Kock flicks the ball to the leg side off Bhuvneshwar. India begun well but the South African openers are slowly getting into the rhythm. SA 21/0 in five overs
15:15 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match! De Kock straight drives Bumrah to the boundary. De Kock always has the knack of doing well against India. SA 16/0 in 4 overs
15:10 hrs IST: RUN OUT CHANCE! A direct hit from Kohli would have sent Amla back to the pavilion. It misses. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar is struggling with his line as he gives away another wide. SA 9/0 in 3 overs
15:06 hrs IST: Bumrah comes into the attack! He gives away just one run. Bumrah relies on the full length deliveries as Amla and De Kock play cautiously. SA 4/0 in 2 overs
15:04 hrs IST: Bhuvi starts with a wide but buckles up quickly. With Umesh not there he has to take the extra burden. SA 3/0 in 1 over
15:00 hrs IST: And the action is bout to start! Bhuvi to bowl the first over!
14:56 hrs IST: The national anthems of both the sides are being played. It is now time for the game. Get ready for this roller-coaster ride.
14:47 hrs IST: Getting Ravichandran Ashwin in is a good call. But, dropping Umesh Yadav, your best pacer in the side? Very questionable move but it could prove to be a master-stroke from Kohli.
14:41 hrs IST: AB de Villiers is not perturbed that South Africa are batting first. He says that the team achieved success in setting a target against Sri Lanka while Virat Kohli has said that he wants to continue the trend of chasing well.
14:39 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
14:34 hrs IST: India win the toss and they bowl in the game against South Africa. Ravichandran Ashwin in for Umesh Yadav while Andile Phehlukwayo replaces Wayne Parnell in the South African team.