India opt to bowl in Champions Trophy final

Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli (Getty Images)
Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli (Getty Images)

London - India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

LIVE: India v Pakistan

Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday's semi-final at Birmingham's Edgbaston.

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday's impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning.

Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day international debut with two wickets against England.

India's lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world's top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.

Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events.

Teams:

India

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Kedhar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan

Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Bangladesh 0
West Indies 26/2
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 11355 votes
Cricket
12% - 3260 votes
Football
19% - 5112 votes
Athletics
2% - 682 votes
Boxing
1% - 268 votes
Cycling
2% - 635 votes
Golf
5% - 1403 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2323 votes
Tennis
3% - 917 votes
Water sports
1% - 244 votes
American sports
1% - 332 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 891 votes
Vote