When the Champions Trophy 2013 began none amongst us would have imagined that England or India would be last 2 teams that will be competing for the last game of the tournament. But that’s the truth now. England and India will be up against each other in last game of 2013 Champions Trophy and the game is scheduled at Edgbaston on Sunday.
India have been the best batting line throughout the tournament and whenever their batsmen stepped into the ground they were comfortable and clinical in their performance. The top order sensation for India, Shikhar Dhawan, has been the leading run scorer of the tournaments and he takes pride in scoring two hundreds and one fifty with an amazing batting average that stands at 110.67. He has got much fame and name due to the form he displayed throughout the tournament.
India have been provided strong opening platforms by Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in all the games and it seemed that the later order batsmen had to party all the time. Virat Kohli had enough batting practice against the Sri Lankans in Semi-Final where he scored 58* in challenging batting conditions. In earlier games Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik have also displayed some good batting form.
As for their bowling, Indians have been consistent in that department as well. Overall their bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have been clinical with the ball and they were accurate most of the time. Both the youngsters have also bowled good at the death and hence they are more valuable to MS Dhoni. Ishant Sharma also did a great job and he is exploiting the conditions to good effect. The spinners Ravi Jadeja and R Ashwin have been good with their variations all through the tournament and will definitely test the English batsmen in the final of the tournament.
England have also shown some good all round performances all through the tournament but they never fired in a single department consistently. Their batsmen were good in some games like against Sri Lanka and Australia but at times they do looked pretty ordinary as well, specifically against New Zealand.
The captain is enjoying great batting form but his partner Bell seemed to have tapered off somewhat after initial blistering knock of 91 in the game against Australia. Trott, their number 3, is handy with some solid knocks and can be relied upon. The top 3 will have to take the responsibility for the English side if they have to give a challenging total to the batting powerhouse of India. The English middle order hasn’t had much of batting practice quite similar to their counterparts and would look to carry their previous good form.
Even though the English batting line may not be of the same caliber as that of India on paper but they are definitely a strong bowling unit that has all the guts to challenge the strong Indian batting. Broad and Anderson have been their spearhead bowlers who have been using their home conditions wonderfully.
They have been pacey and have managed to swing the new ball while mixing it up wonderfully with their length and pace variations. Because of the injury to Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn has been forcefully included to the side but he was splendid with the ball in the semi-final against South Africa and would look to repeat the similar performance at least once more in the big one.