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India meet Pakistan first in Champions Trophy

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 12:39 [IST]
 
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India meet Pak first in Champions Trophy

Mumbai: Team India will meet arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match in Champions trophy, which is scheduled to held from September 22 to October 5.

India is placed in a tough group alongside with defending champions Australia, Pakistan and West Indies in Pool A.

South Africa, New Zelaland, Sri Lanka and England constitutes the Pool B.

'Wall' among Champions Trophy probables

Wanderers in Johannesburg and Centurion in Pretoria will be the two venues for all 15 games with Centurion hosting the final on October 5.

All three group games involving India will be day night affairs. Indians will open their campaign against Pakistan at Centurion on September 26.

They next play Australia at the same venue on September 28. The last match for India will be against West Indies on September 30 at The Wanderers.

The seedings for the event have been awarded as per the team rankings on March 31, 2008. The 2008 rankings have been taken into account because the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in 2008 in Pakistan, explained Brian Murgatroyd ICC media and communications manager.

Champions Trophy fixtures

Pool A: Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies
Pool B: South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England

Sept 22: SA vs SL (D/N), Centurion

Sept 23: Pak vs WI (D/N), the Wanderers

Sept 24: SA vs NZ, Centurion

Sept 25: SL vs Eng (D/N), the Wanderers

Sept 26: WI vs Aus, the Wanderers; Ind vs Pak, Centurion

Sept 27: NZ vs SL, the Wanderers; SA vs Eng (D/N), Centurion

Sept 28: Aus vs Ind, Centurion

Sept 29: Eng vs NZ (D/N), the Wanderers

Sept 30: Ind vs WI (D/N), the Wanderers; Aus v Pak, Centurion

Semifinals

Oct 2: A1 vs B2 (D/N), Centurion

Oct 3: B1 vs A2 (D/N), the Wanderers

Final: October 5.

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