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Michael Hussey warns India about Pakistan's 'surprise factor'

19 June 2017

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan.

Former Australia left-hander Michael Hussey feels that although India are hot favourites to retain the ICC Champions Trophy, but he believes that Pakistan can not be discounted as they have a feeling of "destiny" with them. Two dot balls folllow as Jadeja ups his length, but then he drifts down the leg side - that is a bad ball on a day studded with bad balls - and is swept to the fine leg boundary for four more. This is happening after a long time and the chaos around the match is more than obvious.

The India-Pakistan clash, which is often referred to as the "mother of all battles", is all set to once-again fill the cricket fans with enthusiasm and anticipation as the two arch-rivals meet each other for the second time in a month's time in the high-voltage final of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval in London today.

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Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

Their bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, returning to what he describes as his "second home" after several seasons as a Surrey favourite on the pitch, has great belief in a Pakistan team who have already knocked England out of their own tournament at the semi-final stage.

Rajdeep Sardesai, a well known name in Indian media industry, took to his official Twitter handle to share the picture of MS Dhoni and Sarfraz Ahmed's son and wrote: "A nice pic ahead of the Champions Trophy finals".

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Like many people, Pathan also believes the Virat Kohli-led India's strength lies in its batting while Pakistan would bank on its superb bowling attack in the summit clash. He replaces Rumman Raees. I am very hopeful of their win especially after the way India have played in the tournament so far.

India, on the other side have looked a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament. As the pressure rose, the skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, played an inspirational innings to put his team through to the semi-final stage.

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