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Champions Trophy final: Players look within before big game

18 June 2017

The tense relationship between the nations means India have only played one bi-lateral series against Pakistan since the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 and adds more spice to what should be a spectacular occasion.

The coach was all praise for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and said that "he is fantastic, positive and has an attacking mindset".

Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England's hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more unsafe than the team India beat at Edgbaston in the group stage.

With Amir back in harness, Pakistan will focus on their seam-bowling strength and try to expose an India middle order which has barely been needed while those further up the list have been piling up runs at an average of nearly 100 per wicket throughout.

The day is finally here - arch rivals Pakistan and India will play each other in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Sunday, Samaa reported.

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"Very happy that we have found a core group of players who we can take forward and can work with in the 2019 World Cup", stated Arthur.

"If you're too distracted listening to too many suggestions or praise or criticism, then you can't focus on what you need to think as a sportsman".

"They are ranked higher than us - so everyone is talking about India, India. I think I've been able to strike a good balance until now and I'm sure I'll be fine for the final".

The trophy win marked young MS Dhoni's arrival as the brilliant skipper of the Indian side.

"This (pressure) is a part of being an Indian cricketer, you have to find a way to deal with it". But when it comes to winning, it is only India.

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Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a CAB first division league match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, Saha said: "India are overall favourites in every department".

Current reigning champions India comprehensively defeated Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening match of the competition - an event that drew in a TV audience of over a billion.

"Having captained Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi- final at Mohali, I know the importance of the game and how it brings the two nations to a standstill while underlining the message of peace and tolerance for each other. The guys are under no illusion as to what the expectation is on them, but they're genuinely excited", said Arthur.

Both Pakistan and India have stormed into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final with dominant performances in their semi-finals against the host England and Bangladesh respectively. Wrong. It is a game between a well-balanced Indian side comprising both in-form batsmen and bowlers, versus the Pakistan fast bowlers.

"We've got to play to our strengths, and our strength certainly is with the ball". "If we focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves, we'll give ourselves a chance to do some good things for the team".

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