Defending Champions India will clash with arch-rival Pakistan this afternoon at Edgbaston, Birmingham, in the most awaited contest in the Champions Trophy Cricket.
All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary of the match from 2.30 p.m. onwards. It can be heard on the national hook-up and will also be relayed by all the FM Gold Channels.
In the First Group ‘B’ match South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 96 runs at Oval, London last night. Chasing a target of 300 runs, Sri Lanka were all out for 203 in 41.3 overs. Earlier, sent in to bat, South Africa made 299 for six, with the help by Hashim Amla’s fine knock of 103 and du Plessis’ 75.
The contest between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is followed closely over decades. It promises to be one of the highlights of the tournament.
India has never lost a match to Pakistan in World Cup tournaments, however, Pakistan has beaten India on two occasions of the three times the two teams clashed in Champions Trophy tournaments.
The first time Pakistan beat India in a low scoring match was in 2004 edition at Edgbaston where the two teams are clashing today. Again, Pakistan dominated the 2009 edition of the Trophy beat India by 54-run.
Team India finally broke the jinx against arch-rival Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the last edition as they managed to come out on top for the first time in three attempts.
In a rain-curtailed match itself Dhoni’s men thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets with the help of Duckworth and Lewis System. All eyes will be on today’s match, though Team India are the favourites.