- India take on Pakistan in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4, Sunday(3 pm IST) at Edgbaston
- Both are part of Group B in the tournament which also includes South Africa and Sri Lanka
- India are ranked 3rd in the world whereas Pakistan come into the tournament as the lowest ranked team at 8th
Defending champions India face off against arch-rivals Pakistan in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 at Edgbaston. Being one of the most intense sporting rivalry in the world the challenge on the Indian team is immense given the pressure and hype surrounding any game against Pakistan. Intense passion among fans of both countries makes the India-Pakistan rivalry unmatched in the sporting world.
The turbulent history and recent events between both the countries have placed huge pressure on the Indian team lead by Virat Kohli to come out on top in this encounter. India goes into the match with a strong and balanced side boasting of one of the best batting line-ups in the world accompanied by a pace-boosted young and exciting bowling line-up. Having thrashed New Zealand and Bangladesh in their warm up matches the Indian team goes into this match with great confidence.
India holds the edge in recent matches played against Pakistan having won six of their last nice ODIs matches against their arch subcontinent rivals.
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A huge headache for the Pakistan team will be Indian captain Virat Kohli who has an excellent record against Pakistan having notched up 373 runs against them, including a superb match-winning knock of 183 in the Asia Cup, 2012.
The match has all the elements to ensure that it will be a memorable battle with a few flare-ups also on the cards. Expect a high-octane pulsating encounter when both the sides clash on June 4.