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.
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 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.
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. AFP
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