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18 Июня 2017

The 25-year-old too is confident in his fitness for the final, saying: "I am fast gaining fitness".

"Tactically we'd always spoken about our guys wanting to express themselves with the ball and wanting to attack", Arthur said. He was answering a question about the difference between the Indian and Pakistani sides when it comes to major tournaments. More than 200 million people watched that game and for the final, viewership is expected to be 30-40 percent higher.

"Now when I knew that the best bowler will get a "golden ball", I am determined to get that souvenir as it will be my first in my career". I like to go by what I see coming out of the hand.

They have won nine of the last 10 Champions Trophy games and have a wonderful all-round squad to achieve the feat. "I think I have been able to strike a good balance and I am sure I will be fine tomorrow", said Kohli.

"I don't think we've exceeded expectations at all", he said. "Before the Edgbaston game I thought they were really, really calm, but they're very, very excited now, and there's a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room". India have dominated proceedings except one match. "We can only control our performances and that is what we are looking to do", he added. Title-holders India will be firm favorites against a Pakistan side who were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world's top-eight one-day worldwide sides.

Going into the finals, title-holders India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side, who were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world's top-eight ODI sides. They took the game on.

India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final - the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India.

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India lost once in the tournament against Sri Lanka but have proved that was an aberration by scripting commanding victories over South Africa in a do-or-die game and then Bangladesh in the semi-final.

The former Pakistan all-rounder further claimed that the game between the two arch-rivals is bigger than that of the Ashes and thus pressure would be there on both the teams.

"The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was awesome".

Pakistan have already "closed the chapter" on their trouncing by India in the group stages of the Champions Trophy and intend to prove the point in the final, according to coach Mickey Arthur.

Asked what he has learned from leading his country in an ICC tournament for the first time, Kohli said: "The biggest thing is to stay off social media".

India had defeated Pakistan in the final of the inaugural World T20 tournament in South Africa to lift the title.

"I will give the credit for my improvement to Azhar Mahmood, who has been working very hard with us bowlers", said Hasan, adding: "I have the much needed rhythm, so I will do my best to continue that".

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