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#CT17 Final: India win toss, bowl first

ICC Champions Trophy

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

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.

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Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed at the toss today. Photo: @ICC via Twitter

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

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.

Final Teams

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, 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 (captain), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

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