Hosts England will take on challengers India in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday at Edgbaston. Both teams have been in impeccable form throughout this tournament and are deservedly fighting it out for a place in the history books.
Where to Watch Live
The match starts at 10.30am BST, with Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.
England have won three of their four games so far in the tournament, losing a solitary battle against Sri Lanka in the group stages. Their progression into the finals was the handiwork of some brilliant performances in all aspects of the field against South Africa, whom they defeated in convincing fashion in the semis. James Tredwell was the star of the show for the Three Lions, taking three wickets at an economy rate of 2.71, ably backed up by James Anderson who only gave away 14 runs in his eight overs. The South African innings succumbed to a score of 175 runs after a resolute performance from David Miller and Rory Kleinveldt lower down the order.
In reply, the batters chased down the score with more than 12 overs to spare, with Jonathan Trott (82*) and Joe Root (48) holding the innings together for the Men in Red. The batting has been the mainstay for England this series, with Alastair Cook, Trott, Ian Bell and Root in fine form throughout this tournament. Trott, who has been criticised for his inability to score at a decent pace, is the third highest run scorer in the tournament (209 runs) with a strike rate of close to 90, something which the 32-year-old has added to his armoury this series. Root (166) and Cook (159) are the second and third highest scorers in the England side.
In the bowling department, James Anderson has taken the series by storm, taking 10 wickets at an economy rate of 3.84, twice the number of wickets taken by Stuart Broad, who is their second highest wicket taker. Anderson's average of 12.70 is the best among players with more than five wickets this series and his form going into the match will be crucial for England's chances. However, the lack of proper part-time spinners may come back to haunt them whose importance has been thoroughly displayed by India and the performance of their slow bowlers.
India are undefeated in this tournament, winning all their games en route to the final and have looked in complete control throughout the series. The World Champions have looked comfortable in every facet of the game and have been boosted by an imperious opening partnership, which has been their mainstay this tournament. Shikhar Dhawan is the top scorer this series, scoring 332 at almost run a ball, which includes two hundreds and a fifty.
Rohit Sharma, his partner, has 168 runs with two fifties and has mostly played second fiddle while Dhawan plundered the bowling. However, India's dependence on their top order has left the rest of the batsmen with little time on the crease, something which captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be wary of before he takes the field.
In the bowling department, India have a clear advantage over England with their slow bowlers running havoc on the field. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have taken 16 wickets, compared to England's tally of six wickets from their spinners. On the pace front, England hold a slight edge over India but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma have given a good account of themselves, taking 14 wickets so far.
India progressed into the finals after crushing win over subcontinent rivals Sri Lanka in the semi-finals. The Lankans scored just 181 runs in their allotted 50 overs, owing to some electric bowling by Ishant Sharma who claimed three wickets and was eventually declared man of the match. In reply, the Indians chased the total down with 15 overs to spare, with Dhawan (68) and Virat Kohli (58*) taking India over the finishing line.
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- Last Result: England defeated South Africa by seven wickets.
- Last Five (most recent first):W W W W L
- Last Result: India defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets.
Graeme Swann is expected to be fit for the game but captain Alastair Cook is unlikely to break a winning combination which has served them so well this series. However, Swann's experience against Asian opposition may shift the decision in his favour, allowing Tredwell to sit out.
Probable Line-Up: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, James Tredwell.
India are without any injury worries and are likely to start the same XI that defeated Sri Lanka.
Probable Line-Up: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.