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Champions Trophy

Indo-Pak final today

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India's captain Virat Kohl (right) and Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed pose for a picture with the trophy at the Oval cricket ground in London on Saturday. Internet photo

Sports Reporter :
Defending champions India and unpredictable Pakistan will face each other today in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval in London. The high-voltage match begins at 3.30 pm (Bangladesh Time). BTV, GTV and Maasranga TV will telecast the match live.
India stormed into the final defeating Bangladesh by nine wickets in the second semi-final on June 15.
On the other hand, Pakistan cruised into the final beating hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final on June 14. India, the Group-B champions reached the semi-final securing four points from three matches, while Pakistan, the Group-B runners-up took place in the last four bagging four points from three matches.  Though India and their arch rivals Pakistan collected same points from their respective Group-B matches but by virtue of better run rate India became the champions of the Group-B.
India made a good start beating Pakistan by 124 runs in their first Group-B match on June 4.
Then India tasted a bitter taste as they lost to Sri Lanka by seven wickets in their second Group-B match on June 8.
India registered an easy eight-wicket victory over South Africa in their last Group-B match on June 11.
Pakistan recorded a 19-run victory over South Africa in their second Group-B match on June 7 after tasting a defeat to India in the first match.
Later, Pakistan posted an easy three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their last Group-B match on June 12.
The whole cricket viewers of the Indian sub-continent are waiting to watch which team will clinch the title of the ICC Champions Trophy, one of the most prestigious cricket meet of the whole world.

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