About the Match
Finally, we are heading into the last game of Champions Trophy 2013 which would be played between England and India at Birmingham on 23rd June 2013. This match would be important not only because it’s Champions Trophy final, but also due to the fact that this is the last time Champions Trophy is being played. Both teams would like to win the game and add another piece of silverware to their cabinet. This is the third time India has made it to the finals of this event. England would love to overwrite what happened in Champions Trophy 2004 with a new script. The best two teams are facing each other in the final of last Champions Trophy and it is expected to be a thriller of a game.
Unlike when they last played in England, the team from subcontinent has played fantastic cricket. Fielding and bowling have always been a question mark over Indian Cricket, but now the team is frontrunner in both departments as well. India has won all its matches in this tournament quite convincingly. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked up a wicket every time he has bowled with the new ball. Shikhar Dhawan has been brilliant and has scored well in every single game. Jadeja has impressed one and all with his variations and ability to score quick runs when required. Virat Kohli got back into the form in the semifinal against Sri Lanka. With excellent batting, fine fielding and aggressive bowling, this team would be difficult to stop.
The home team started slowly but is now looking well set to win the competition. England won two of its three group games and thumped South Africa in the semifinal. The opening pair of Cook and Bell has done pretty well and Trott has been in splendid form. The chief architect of their road to final has been their bowling which has performed brilliantly well in assisting conditions. Jamie Anderson has troubled every batsman he has bowled to and so has Stuart Broad. In the absence of Graeme Swann, Tredwell has filled into his spot who letting his absence felt. Bopara provides depth to the batting and gives plenty of options in the bowling department. England seems to be an excellent side on paper and they become even more dangerous at home.
Whenever and wherever India has played with England in past two years, they’ve tasted defeat. In England, India first lost to in test series and didn’t fare well in the ODI series either. It’s time to turn their fate and take revenge for all those defeats, but can they do it? Indian side has been in phenomenal form and youngsters play fearless and attacking cricket. England is also in great form and seem to be peaking just at the right time. However, with India having excellent spinners in good form, I would give them a slight edge over the hosts.
India, 1.73 @ William Hill
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have provided England decent start in almost every game, but they have taken the bowlers on. The English batsmen scored at a run rate of around four in the first fifteen overs which seems to be a little low. Indian batsmen, on the other hand, have attacked the bowling right from the outset and scored at the rate of around six. I won’t be surprised If India outscores England in first fifteen overs.
Team to Make Highest First 15 Overs Score:
India, 1.80 @ Bet365