India have won the title on two occasions, 2002 & 2013, whereas for Pakistan it will be their first appearance in the Champions Trophy final. © Getty Images

India have won the Champions Trophy title once outright – in 2013 – and shared it with Sri Lanka in 2002, while this is Pakistan’s first appearance in the title round. © Getty Images

In all the global men’s limited-overs tournaments to have been held since 1975, this is only the second time we have had an India-Pakistan final, the first being the World Twenty20 of 2007.

The India v Pakistan rivalry is probably unmatched in sporting history. While Pakistan had the better of India initially for many years, the past 15 years or so have seen a change in fortunes for India, who have narrowed the win-loss gap between the two sides. However, in world tournaments, India are way ahead.

Leading up to the mega final, here are some statistics from India-Pak encounters.

About the venue
* The Oval in London has so far hosted 64 ODIs, the first in 1973, the most by any ground in England.
* The average first-innings total at The Oval since June 2013 in 13 ODIs is 259, and the average first-innings total at the venue in 2017 (all in the Champions Trophy 2017) is 260 (in five games).
* Since 2013, more often than not, sides batting second have won at The Oval – 8 to 4 (with one no result) and in this tournament too, the Oval favours the sides batting second: 3-1.
* India and Pakistan never played an ODI at The Oval, but have played one at Old Trafford, Manchester (India won in 1999), and three at Edgbaston, Birmingham (Pakistan won one in 2004, while India have won two in 2012 and then in 2017). India 3, Pakistan 1 in England.
* Their overall ODI record at The Oval
India: Played 14, won 5, lost 8, NR 1 (Win% 35.71)
Pakistan: Played 9, won 2, lost 7 (Win% 22.22)

Head to head
* India and Pakistan have played each other on 128 occasions in ODIs, since their first game in Quetta on October 1, 1978, when India and Pakistan resumed cricketing ties after a gap of nearly 17 years.
* Pakistan have won 72 games, while India have won 52.
* Four games ended in no result.

India v Pakistan: Over the years
First ODI: October 1, 1978 in Quetta: India won by 4 wickets
Last ODI: June 4, 2017 in Birmingham: India won by 124 runs

M Ind Pak NR
In India 30 11 19 0
In Pakistan 27 11 14 2
Neutral 71 30 39 2
Overall 128 52 72 4
M Ind Pak NR
In World Cups 6 6 0 0
In Champions Trophies 4 2 2 0
In Tournament finals 8 2 6 0
Ind Pak NR
Last 10 matches 7 3 0
Last 5 matches 4 1 0
M Ind Pak NR
Since 2000 50 25 25 0
Since 2010 10 7 3 0
MS Dhoni needs 41 more runs to become fourth most prolific Indian batsman in ODIs after Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid. © Getty Images

MS Dhoni needs 41 more runs to become fourth most prolific Indian batsman in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. © Getty Images

Highest team totals
India: 356/9 (50 overs) in Visakhapatnam (April 5, 2005)
Pakistan: 344/8 (50 overs) in Karachi (March 13, 2004)

Lowest team totals
India: 79 all out (34.2 overs) in Sialkot (October 13, 1978)
Pakistan: 87 all out (32.5 overs) in Sharjah (March 22, 1985)

Total 100s: 62 (23 for India, 39 for Pakistan)
Most individual 100s: 5 each by Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Salman Butt (Pakistan)

Highest individual scores
India: 183 (148 balls) by Virat Kohli in Mirpur (March 18, 2012)
Pakistan: 194 (146 balls) by Saeed Anwar in Chennai (May 21, 1997)

Most runs
India: 2526 by Sachin Tendulkar at 40.10, SR 87.47, in 69 matches
Pakistan: 2403 by Inzamam-ul-Haq at 43.69, SR 78.56, in 67 matches

Best bowling
India: 5-16 (10 overs) by Sourav Ganguly in Toronto (September 18, 1997)
Pakistan: 7-37 (10 overs) by Aaqib Javed in Sharjah (October 25, 1991)

Most wickets
India: 54 by Anil Kumble at 24.26, ER 4.30, in 34 matches
54 by Javagal Srinath at 30.69, ER 5.05, in 36 matches
Pakistan: 60 by Wasim Akram at 25.17, ER 3.74, in 48 matches

Overall performance in the Champions Trophy
* India have won the title on two occasions – in 2002 (shared with Sri Lanka) and 2013. In 2000, India had reached the final, where they lost to New Zealand. This is their fourth appearance in the final – the most by any side.
* It’s Pakistan’s first appearance in the Champions Trophy final, although they have made it to last four on four occasions: 2000, 2004 and 2009.

India in the Champions Trophy

M W L T NR Win%
28 18 7 0 3 64.29

Pakistan in the Champions Trophy

M W L T NR Win%
22 10 12 0 0 45.45

In Champions Trophy 2017
India (Group B)
1. Beat Pakistan at Edgbaston by 124 runs
2. Lost to Sri Lanka at The Oval by 7 wickets
3. Beat South Africa at The Oval by 8 wickets
4. Beat Bangladesh at Edgbaston by 9 wickets (semifinal)

Pakistan (Group B)
1. Lost to India at Edgbaston by 124 runs
2. Beat South Africa at Edgbaston by 19 runs
3. Beat Sri Lanka in Cardiff by 3 wickets
4. Beat England in Cardiff by 8 wickets (semifinal)

Shikhar Dhawan needs 112 runs more to become the leading run-getter overall in the Champions Trophy after Chris Gayle. © Getty Images

Shikhar Dhawan needs 112 runs to cross Chris Gayle and become the highest run-getter in the Champions Trophy. © Getty Images

Runs per over in each Power play phase

1stPP 2ndPP 3rdPP R/O
(1-10) (11-40) (41-50) (1-50)
India (batting) 4.85 5.85 11.48 6.23
Pakistan (batting) 5.11 5.04 7.45 5.15
1stPP 2ndPP 3rdPP R/O
(1-10) (11-40) (41-50) (1-50)
India (bowling) 4.29 5.49 6.17 5.32
Pakistan (bowling) 4.88 4.38 7.05 5

Distribution of balls faced and delivered

Dots 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s NB Wds Balls %dots % (1-3) % (4-6)
India (batting) 501 375 39 7 114 0 24 3 9 1060 47.26 39.72 13.02
Pakistan (batting) 488 246 35 10 67 1 11 2 29 858 56.88 33.92 9.21
Dots 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s NB Wds Balls %dots % (1-3) % (4-6)
India (bowling) 540 380 49 3 84 0 9 3 28 1065 50.7 40.56 8.73
Pakistan (bowling) 596 438 65 9 67 0 14 6 17 1189 50.13 43.06 6.81

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Approaching milestones
* Shikhar Dhawan needs 112 runs more to become the leading run-getter overall in the Champions Trophy. He currently has 680 runs, with Chris Gayle’s record standing at 791 runs.
* Dhawan, on 20, will also become the third batsman in Champions Trophy history to aggregate 700 runs. The others are Gayle (791 runs) and Mahela Jayawardene (742).
* MS Dhoni (9338) needs 41 runs to go past Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 9378 runs. This will make Dhoni the fourth most prolific Indian batsman in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Sourav Ganguly (11,363) and Rahul Dravid (10,889).
* R Ashwin now has 146 wickets in ODIs. Four more wickets will make him the 13th Indian with 150-plus wickets in ODIs
* Ravindra Jadeja now has 48 catches in ODIs.

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Miscellaneous
* India are currently ranked #No. 2 in ODIs, while Pakistan are ranked No.7.
* Kohli is the No. 1 ICC ODI batsman, Dhawan is at No. 10. Babar Azam is ranked at No. 8.
** Ashwin at No. 20 is the highest-ranked Indian bowler in the present squad, although Axar Patel (No. 13) and Amit Mishra (No. 15) are ranked higher.
* Hasan Ali, the leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets in the ongoing tournament, is the highest ranked Pakistani bowler at No. 19.

Overall ODI records
India

Mts W L T NR Win%
At Home 315 183 121 2 9 58.1
Away 312 127 164 2 19 40.71
Neutral 284 152 118 3 11 53.52
Total 911 462 403 7 39 50.71


Pakistan

Mts W L T NR Win%
At Home 180 111 64 1 4 61.67
Away 324 149 160 6 9 45.99
Neutral 374 203 165 1 5 54.28
Total 878 463 389 8 18 52.73