India Batting Prowess
India come into the final off the back off a thumping 9 wicket win over Bangladesh in the semi final. They also have 3 of the top 5 batsmen in the tournament so far. The likelihood is that Kohli will get the 40 runs needed and they will then have the top 3 batsmen in the tournament.
The same 3 players (Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma) are in the top 3 for the most fours in the tournament and in positions 1, 4 and 5 for the most sixes.
They have already met in this tournament at Edgbaston. India crushed Pakistan by 124 runs. They scored an impressive 319 runs of 48 overs before dismissing Pakistan for 164.
India have won 7 of the last 10 meeting in ODI between the 2 teams. This includes a meeting in the last Cricket World Cup. So it seems that whenever the pressure is on that India seem to cope with it a lot better.
Pakistan’s Bowling Strength
Whereas India’s strength lies in batting, Pakistan whilst not lacking runs seems to have unearthed some bowling gems. Hasan Ali is currently the top bowler with 10 wickets whilst his compatriot Junaid Khan lies 5th with 7 wickets having played a match less. This is all with an abandoned match as well!
After the humbling by India Pakistan turned things around by defeating the highly rated South Africans. This was done by restricting them to 219 runs off 50 overs. They were always ahead on the DL and then completed the turnaround in the group stage by seeing off Sri Lanka.
By far their most complete performace so far was their semi final defeat of the tournament favourites England. Again a tight bowling unit performance restricted England to 211 all out before Pakistan reached that target with ease for the loss of only 2 wicket and with still 12.5 overs to bat.
Some may say that they are peaking at the right moment?
There is little value in having India to win so am going to back Kohli to be top India batsman at 11/4