Sarfraz Ahmed    Getty Images
Sarfraz Ahmed Getty Images

Following Pakistan‘s emphatic comeback in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, as they reached the final of the tournament, where they take on arch-rivals India at The Oval in London on Sunday, former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has praised his team’s performance. Misbah went on to his Twitter handle where he praised Pakistan’s performance, alongside praising skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for his excellent decisions. He praised the team for perfectly executing the decisions taken by Sarfraz. Pakistan beat England in the semi-final 1 to book a spot in the final, while India drub Bangladesh in semi-final 2 to seal their spot in the final and set up the epic encounter. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final at The Oval

Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy Group stage match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on June 4 became the highest rated One-day International (ODI) match in Broadcast Audience Research Council s (BARC) history, broadcasters Star India confirmed on Friday. The match attracted 201 million viewers, double than the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been an impressive event in terms of scale, reach and following, and the India-Pakistan match set a new viewership record on our network making it the highest rated ODI match in BARC history, a Star India statement read. CT17 Final: PAK have nothing to lose, the pressure is more on IND, says Azhar Mahmood

 

 

The viewership is once again expected to shoot northwards, when the arch-rivals face off in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday. Pakistan made it to the title clash, beating hosts England in the first semi-final while defending champions India thrashed Bangladesh in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday, reported IANS.