NewDelhi, June 18: For sports enthusiasts it just cannot get bigger than this Sunday. It doesn’t matter where your allegiances lie for it is expected to be a breathtaking day and one where you would need multiple monitors and screens as things clash as far as the timings go.
Two epic battles are on the cards as India lock horns against Pakistan on the cricket field, and also clash against each other on the hockey turf.
Those who are following the Champions Trophy closely know that the Men in Blue beat Bangladesh in the semi-final on Thursday to set a date with their arch rivals in a blockbuster clash this Sunday. The Indian hockey team led by Manpreet Singh on the other hand will also take the field on Sunday against Pakistan in London in the Hockey World League (HWL) semi-finals.
India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final
In the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal, India thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets as with a Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli show, who hammered the Tigers’ bowlers all around the park to put together 178 runs. Whereas in the other semifinal, Pakistan stunned hosts England with their remarkable bowling performance, restricting the opposition to 211. Pakistan chased down the total with eight wickets in hand. On Sunday, the decider will reveal the winner of the eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy.The match will begin at 3 pm IST at the Oval.
Pakistan have also had a fantastic run in the tournament after the loss to India in the group stage, and Sunday’s final will be a mouth-watering clash for fans.
TV TIMING: The first ball is scheduled for 3 PM with toss at 2.30 PM from The Oval, London.
India vs Pakistan, Hockey World League
In the Hockey World League semifinal Pool B game, India play their third game of the tournament when they face Pakistan have had a terrible start to the tournament. India began their campaign with two straight wins – 4-1 against Scotland and 3-0 against Canada while Pakistan were spanked 0-6 by Canada on Friday evening and had started with a 0-4 defeat to Netherlands. India is currently ranked 6th in World Hockey, while Pakistan are 13th. Teams who qualify from this tournament will play in the HWL finals which will be held in Bhubaneswar. The match will start at 6:30 pm IST in London.
TV TIMING: The ball gets rolling at 6.30 PM from Olympic Park, London
Kidambi Srikanth vs Kazumasa Sakai, Indonesia Open Super Series Final
Away from the theme of India vs Pakistan will be Kidambi Srikanth who will take on World No. 47 Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the final of Indonesia Super Series Premier. Srikanth comes into the final on the back of a nervous and dramatic semifinal against World No 1 Son Wan Ho. Srikanth saved one match and converted his third to book a place in the decider.
TV Timing: Kidambi Srikanth is second on court with play scheduled to start at 1.30 PM IST. Expect Srikanth’s match to begin after 2 PM.
Both Cricket and Hockey teams will be out there wearing the national jersey and hopefully the Indian boys will win the double over Pakistan in England and give the fans back home a reason to smile.