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Led by Shikhar Dhawan, a young batting line-up has done wonders. The southpaw has batted like a man possessed and showed the world that his blistering century on Test debut against Australia was no fluke. Rohit Sharma, who has been in the line of fire for not realising his talent, finally came good at the top of the order, and with Dhawan helped India to rock solid opening partnerships, while Dinesh Karthik showed he was ready for another stint at international cricket with back-to-back tons in the warm-up games and a composed half-century in the group stages. Kohli has not been in the thick of things like Dhawan has, but he has done his bit. His solid half-century in the side's chase against Sri Lanka was testimony to his grit and abilities in swinging conditions. The fact that Raina and Dhoni have not been called on to do much work is indication of the sublime form of the top-order.
While India are playing in their third Champions Trophy final, it will a second chance for England. Apart from a World T20 title, the English have never won any other major ICC silverware. The tie against the world champions on Sunday will be enough motivation for them to try and set that sorry record right. With the first leg of the Ashes round the corner, Alastair Cook, would love to kick-start the summer with a resounding ICC Champions Trophy win over the top ODI side in the world.
Unlike India, England have not been flamboyant on the road to the final, but they have played solid, winning cricket. Jonathan Trott has been the main man with the bat, collecting 209 runs so far. He sits on third place on the table of top run scorers. The bowling, as always, has been led with aplomb by the heroic James Anderson. Cook, Root, and Ian Bell have made adequate if not outstanding contributions with the bat, while Ravi Bopara (S/R: 144+) has done an excellent job at the finish.
England (From): Alastair Cook(c), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler(w), Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott
India (From): MS Dhoni(w/c), Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin