ICC Champions Trophy: India-Pakistan clash bigger than Ashes: Irfan Pathan

ICC Champions Trophy: India-Pakistan clash bigger than Ashes: Irfan Pathan

This is the second match between the sub-continent rivals at this year's tournament, with India having thrashed Pakistan in their opening group outing.

Only viewers can decide if this high-voltage cricket battle between India and Pakistan will become the most-watched ICC match in cricket history.

Indian cricket team will take on Pakistan cricket team at The Oval on Sunday, trying to lift the Champions Trophy for a third time and all eyes will be on veterans such as MSDhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who could be taking part in the tournament for the final time.

"Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are bowling very well and the batting order is also taken care of by Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli", said a cricket fan.

"We are totally confident that India will win".

India have beaten Pakistan in all three meetings to date in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments - but with Mohammad Amir expected to be available again after the back spasm which ruled him out of the last-four clash against England in Cardiff, Azhar's hopes are high.

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"The final overs usually involve a lot of pressure and especially if you are playing against India".

After India had won the toss, 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 make his first worldwide century. But when it comes to winning, it is only India. The match between the two sides is always special.

The Indian team, considered to be one of the favourites to defend the title, have played to their potential in all the games till now, except the one against Sri Lanka, who surprised the Men in Blue in the group stage. According to data by BARC cited in an Economic Times report, the Champions Trophy one day worldwide (ODI) match played between India and Pakistan on June 4, reached over 20 crore people.

Defending champions India, on the other hand, registered a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another mouth-watering, high-octane clash with Pakistan.

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.

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