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Champions Trophy 2017 | India vs Pakistan attracts bets worth Rs 2000 crore

This will be the fifth time India and Pakistan will have a face off in the Champions Trophy; the record is now balanced with two victories apiece.”If Pakistan is winning, then why bring up references to match fixing?”But few would dispute that India-Pakistan is now the world game’s premier contest – certainly not the ICC who, by their own admission, now fix the draw at their events to ensure the Asian giants meet in the group phase. India has won all of their matchups in global tournaments for the last five years, including two weeks ago on the Trophy’s opening weekend.Afridi singled out India’s batting as the biggest threat to Pakistan’s chances in the match.Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey has favoured India in the high-octane Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at “The Oval” on Sunday while adding that the “Men in Green”, who have thrown up so many upsets so far in the tournament, should not be discounted.The match had attracted 201 million viewers, double than the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Let’s be under no illusion, India are a fantastic cricket team at the moment.One of the key players during Pakistan’s successful campaign at the 1992 World Cup, Sohail’s most infamous moment on the cricket field was at the 1996 World Cup when he got into an altercation with India pacer Venkatesh Prasad before being bowled off the very next delivery. They have scored 1098 runs in the tournament at a run rate of 6.23, both of which are also the best in the tournament.Just like the other matches of this edition, the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan will begin at 3:00 PM IST.South Africa was the first victim of a resurgent Pakistan.”Sarfaraz’s team can not match our team”.As per Ladbrokes the stakes for Pakistan are 2/1 as against 2/5 for India.Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan side have risen from the canvas since their error-strewn opener, with three successive victories including the eight-wicket humbling of England that secured their passage to the final and demonstrated the potency of their bowling attack. India have the best strike rate during this phase, but are second in terms of average, and third in economy rates. In the first ten overs, though, Pakistan’s seamers have struggled for wickets, taking only two at an average of 76.50. “Pakistan will have to play out of their skins to beat India”, he added.After restricting Bangladesh to 264, the defending champions chased down the target riding on the brilliant innings of Rohit Sharma (123 not out off 129 balls) and skipper Kohli (96 not out off 78 balls) with 59 balls to spare at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. But, Pakistan’s three successive wins are nothing short of marvelous. India’s top two wickets have put together four century stands, which is as many as the top two wickets of all other teams have managed in all.