Facts about the big final between Pakistan and India

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Shukriya Pakistan

As Pakistan and India are going to lock horns in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, here are some facts about the two teams and their head to head recent records.

o India have won four of their last five ODI matches against Pakistan; including a 124-run victory earlier on in this tournament during the group stage.

o This will be the fifth time these sides will face off in the Champions Trophy; the record is currently balanced with two victories apiece.

o Pakistan have reached a Champions Trophy final for the very first time; they knocked out England in Cardiff by a margin of eight wickets to get there.

o This is only the second time in India’s last five appearances at the Champions Trophy that they’ve managed to progress beyond the group stage; they did go on to win it on that previous occasion though (2013).

o India come into this game having won nine of their last 10 Champions Trophy matches (L1); that defeat came during the 2017 group stage at the Oval however (v Sri Lanka).

o Pakistan have lost seven of their nine previous matches at the Oval in ODI cricket (W2) whilst India have alternated between victory and defeat across their last six ODI outings there; they beat South Africa at the famous London venue last time out.

o If Shikhar Dhawan (India) reaches 50 in this game, he’ll have got there more often than any other batsman ever in the Champions Trophy (currently done it on six occasions).

o Of the men to have recorded 10+ ODI innings since January 2016, Kohli (98) and Rohit Sharma (72) have the highest batting averages.

o Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has taken more wickets than any other bowler in the 2017 Champions Trophy; recording his 10 scalps at an average of just 17.2.

o MS Dhoni (India) has the highest batting average of any batsman ever to record 10+ ODI innings in games between these two sides; recording a rate of 58.4 across his 29 knocks in such encounters.

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