ICC Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan need to play the best game of their life to beat India, Harbhajan Singh to India Today

first_imgIndia set up a title clash against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy after a clinical performance in the semi-final against Bangladesh.India defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets thanks to a century by Rohit Sharma and an unbeaten 96 by captain Virat Kohli.Harbhajan Singh, speaking to India Today, said India have the best batting line-up and if Pakistan want to challenge them for the title on Sunday, they would need to play the best game of their lives.WATCH VIDEO HERE”Pakistan will have to play the best game of their life to win. They have a good side but they will have to play well,” he said.”Pakistan will actually put up a better fight than the last game they played against India, but I still don’t feel they have that quality side to beat India. I feel that India will win the final,” added.The veteran off-spinner stressed on the fact that Pakistan will need to bowl well against India to win and the only way Pakistan will stop India is by taking two to three wickets in the first 20 overs.”If they don’t take those wickets, they will be in big trouble.”The toss will play a huge factor and the team winning the toss would be in an advantageous position, believes Harbhajan.”I would like to bat first against Pakistan and get 350 on the board and let them chase and we know that getting them under pressure they don’t score big runs. I have played county cricket there, for two years at the Oval for Surrey. It’s probably one of the best batting pitches in England.advertisement”All the Indian batsmen will enjoy playing there and Pakistan will have to have a top bowling attack to stop India from scoring 300 runs, if at all they want to get into the game,” said Harbhajan, elaborating his plan for India in the final.”Under 300, Pakistan have a chance. More than 300 I don’t think Pakistan would have any chance.”Talking about the Indian batting line-up, which he hails as the best in the world, he said, “The Indian batting line-up is unstoppable, everyone is in good knick, especially the opening partners, Rohit and Shikhar are doing a great a job for India and Virat is playing as usual, brilliant innings in the middle. Yuvraj played well against Pakistan, after that he didn’t get too many chances in the middle to bat. He looked good the other day against Sri Lanka. This Indian batting line-up, these guys are ready for any sort of bowling line-up.”The main concern for Harbhajan is The Oval pitch, and has first hand experience as he played for Surrey, and the Indian batsmen have been born and bred on such pitches.”It’s been a tournament where it’s been easy to score runs. Obviously it’s  for a batsman to go out there and explore their options of scoring runs from all the sides. The kind of wicket we saw today, similar to Rajkot and Oval is not a different wicket. Lot of scopes are there to score, a lot of boundaries to hit. It’s an easy sort of track for batsmen to score runs, but difficult for bowlers to stop any batsman, not just Indian batsman.Talking about India’s semi-final match against Bangladesh, he said, “At one stage Bangladesh was going really strong, they were 150 odd for 2 and suddenly Kedar Jadav came in and bowl, though we criticise him for his bowling, today he came out and got the two crucial wickets for India. That actually changed  the game for India and from there Bangladesh didn’t get to settle in the middle and didn’t get as many as they should have. Even 320 odd, India would have chased to be honest. Rohit the way he was hitting the ball and Virat, they were unstoppable.”last_img

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