Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put India in to bat at Edgbaston. India captain Virat Kohli has included five bowlers in the team. Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin have been kept out of the squad. Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack which also includes all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The spin front will be led by Ravindra Jadeja.
When will the India vs Pakistan ICC CT 2017 match be played?
The India vs Pakistan Match has started at 03:00 PM IST.
Where will the India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy match be played?
The India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Match to start by 03:00 PM IST.
How do I watch the India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Match and live score?
The India vs Pakistan match to be broadcast live online on Hotstar and TV Coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 3.
What time does the live coverage of the India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy cricket match start?
The India vs Pakistan live broadcast of the match will start at 15:00 IST.
Young allrounder Pandya adds to credentials as India’s ‘new Dhoni’ with devastating knock against Bangladesh
Hardik Pandya’s reputation as India’s new ‘finisher’ is continuing to gain traction after the all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 80 in his side’s thrashing of Bangladesh in their Champions Trophy warm-up at The Oval on Tuesday night. Pandya has only played seven ODIs but the 23-year-old looms as an important part of an India side looking to defend its 2013 title, and his 54-ball knock against the Tigers, which included six fours and four sixes, took his team to a total of 7-324 and underlined his capabilities at the back-end of an innings.
That prowess was witnessed in India’s ODI series against England in January, when he made key late contributions of 40no, 19no and 56, while in the Indian Premier League, he was unbeaten in nine of the 16 innings he played and piled on 250 runs at a strike-rate of 156.25. “It’s nice to get the role of finishing the game,” Pandya said after the Bangladesh match. “It’s not easy but I’m liking it; whenever I finish the game it gives me the confidence for the next game. “It’s not that easy to come in and play naturally. You need to adapt to the situation, the weather and everything. So it’s a difficult role but I’m enjoying it.”
Of course, Pandya is following in the footsteps of India’s finest-ever finisher, former captain MS Dhoni, who remains a teammate of the youngster and, even a month out from his 36th birthday, another key cog in the India wheel. And while Dhoni’s output has lessened somewhat in recent years (his 1,083 runs since the beginning of 2015 have come at an average of 40 – some 10 runs below his career mark), it’s the advice of the World Cup-winning skipper that has helped Pandya assume the mantle in his stead. “I have taken a lot of advice from ‘Mahi Bhai’ (Dhoni),” he said during the IPL.
“During the series against England, I had the opportunity to talk to Mahi Bhai often and I took a lot of suggestions from him regarding improvement on my batting as well as bowling. “Playing as a finisher in the death overs in either a one-day international or in a T20 match is very tough; it becomes a totally mental game at that time. “Dhoni gave me some priceless suggestions as he said to calculate the remaining runs and overs left while going into bat.
“But at the same time, his suggestion was not to look at the scoreboard after every delivery while batting. “He also gave tips on another thing … make an assessment of the bowlers. “This helps to take possession on the pitch after going to bat.” India captain Virat Kohli described the young allrounder’s performance against Bangladesh as “outstanding” (he also took 1-2 from 1.5 overs), meaning his likely inclusion at No.7 creates somewhat of a selection dilemma for their opening Champions Trophy match against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston.
Do India go with two spinners in Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja? Or do they back their impressive pace attack and include three of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Whatever the final selections, there will be some high-quality cricketers warming the bench for a team that has flown somewhat under the radar ahead of this tournament.
Delhi Daredevils have brought in Marlon Samuels as a replacement for the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, for the remainder of the season.
De Kock had been ruled out of the IPL with an injury to his right index finger he picked up during the New Zealand tour last month. Samuels is expected to join the Daredevils squad on April 29.
Samuels was among the unsold players in the IPL auction this year, with a base price of INR 100 lakhs. He last played in the IPL over four years ago, in 2013 for Pune Warriors, the only franchise he has represented so far.
In 2012, he played eight matches for them to score a total of 124 runs and take eight wickets. In 2013, he featured in only two matches, with scores of 5 and 3, and only one wicket to his name.
His overall T20 record is more impressive though. In 149 matches since his debut in 2006, he has scored 3757 runs at an average of 32.66 and a strike rate of 117.51, with two hundreds to his name. He has also taken 68 wickets with an economy rate of 7.01.
Daredevils, currently placed second from bottom with only two wins from six matches, play their next match on Friday, against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
While Daredevils possess one of the best bowling attacks this IPL, their batting has cost them a few matches so far. Not one of their batsmen features among the top 10 run-scorers this season and they will further lose overseas recruits Sam Billings and Chris Morris in the coming weeks. Samuels’ inclusion is likely to beef up an inexperienced batting line-up that features domestic batsmen such as Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Aditya Tare.
Rain Spoils Sport:
Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were gunning to make a statement at their home ground on Tuesday after a horrendous display in the last game, must be gutted with the rain gods.
The match was called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain which meant that both the teams earned a point each.
Now, it’s getting difficult for the RCB as they languish at the seventh place in the points table with only two wins in 8 matches. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, must be equally disappointed but they would still take a point with a wry smile on their face.