Ahead of the summit clash between bitter rivals India and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in The Oval on Sunday (June 18), former Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara predicted that it’s going to be a battle between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling.
“While India’s strength lies in its batting, especially its fantastic top four, Pakistan’s strength is its superb bowling attack,” wrote Sangakkara in his special column for ICC.
While India will be going into the final match as sure-shot favourites, they cannot afford to discount Pakistan’s chances either, according to Sangakkara.
Talking about India’s strengths, Sangakkara wrote, “India will be very confident going into the game and it deserves to be: It has been the best team in the tournament playing consistently high-class cricket.
“All departments within the team are functioning at their best. Their batting has been peerless. Their bowling varied and penetrative. Their fielding alert and strong,” Sangakkara believes.
“If Mohammad Amir fully recovers from his back spasm and returns, it will have plenty of firepower to throw at India.
“Unlike some teams, it is also able to sustain pressure after the new ball period by exploiting reverse swing. In this regard, the skiddy and passionate Hasan Ali has been sensational.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com