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IND vs PAK 2017: London to host final countdown of Champions Trophy

18 June 2017

On hearing this breaking news, Pakistan Cricket Board was enthralled with excitement and have hired Shashi Tharoor - a politician of Indian origin as their cricket communications chief to teach the team on delivering a winners speech. "I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day".

Ten years ago, India and Pakistan had clashed against one another in an ICC final and Gambhir's knock of 77 helped India sail through wherein MS Dhoni lifted his first ICC Champions Trophy.

India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of tomorrow's final at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2017 in London, England.

India faces pakisthan again in the final, India-Pakistan games are often high on passion and intensity.

He said: "That game has no relevance now".

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"Not looking to change too many things, because I've said this before, I would back a guy like Hardik who provides you so much balance in conditions that he can be effective as a bowler, and his batting is priceless", he said.

But Pakistan can draw confidence from the fact that even England were favourites to lift the Cup on March 25, 1992 at the MCG. It is very important to realise the things that might or might not happen in the game. It's easy to decipher that India are better than Pakistan.

"So far he has been really good in the tournament".

India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan's resurgence.

After the first match, which they lost by a whopping 124 runs, Pakistan came back strongly to the surprise of their own supporters back home. A local paper called it a match between the imperial might of India versus Pakistan's rag-tag band of rebels. The two have done a fantastic job for the team at the start of the innings and one more partnership of substance can give the side the required momentum for a possible victory. The success mantra of the Indian team has been taking each game at a time, and not paying heed to past records or future glory. But they are still prepared to play debutants in International Cricket Council tournaments. "We haven't spoken about this game in any different way".

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They last played a bilateral series in 2012-13, when Pakistan toured India for two Twenty20 games and three one-day internationals. "I can bet that India will win the trophy", he said. They average nearly 100 runs per wicket in the tournament.

"I have not watched a single match, know the results".

In the current championship tournament against India at Edgbaston, Pakistan pacers and spinners looked blunt as India recovered from a slow start easily to post 319/3 in a revised 48 overs tie.

What seems to be working for India is the batting prowess of their top three - Shikhar Dhawan (317), Rohit Sharma (304) and Virat Kohli (253).

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of young opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali, while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

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IND vs PAK 2017: London to host final countdown of Champions Trophy