Virender Sehwag's Doppelganger Spotted In India Vs Bangladesh Semi-Finals At Birmingham

Amit Shah paid his respects to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue at Shivaji Park. Pradip Das

Amit Shah paid his respects to Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue at Shivaji Park. Pradip Das

7 - India's biggest margin of victory against Pakistan has been 7-4, at both the Champions Trophy in 2003 and the Commonwealth Games in 2010, while Pakistan's biggest win has been 7-1 at the Champions Trophy in 1980 and the Asian Games in 1982.

"I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy. With our runs and that wicket, we knew it was very hard for our bowlers, but still I think we were nowhere near our best today, especially in our bowling and fielding".

"When you go to a final, you want your experienced player, you want him to be fully fit and participating on that particular day", Mahmood said. If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God have won them the games. They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not based on on-field performance.

"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". We all are well aware of everyone's calibre. "We should take a break and then sit together to decide the future course of action", concluded the champion all-rounder. If you do something correct, we will appreciate you.

For all that India's margin of victory was greater, Pakistan's last-four success was arguably even more impressive given they bowled England out for just 211.

Pakistan had started their campaign on a disastrous note with a 124-run defeat to arch-rivals India, but consecutive wins over Sri Lanka and formidable South Africa in the rest of their matches in Group B saw them qualify for the semi-finals. "Yes I agree Pakistan committed a lot of mistakes and Sarfraz was also under enormous pressure but it was his very first match as captain of the national team against India and it was quite obvious he took lot of stick for that one mistake".

"We played some really good cricket. If England were the finalists against India, the team would have found it hard to overcome them".

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have", Kohli said.

The last time these two nations played in a knock-out fixture - the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali - a reported 988 million viewers tuned in.

India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy on Sunday but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final.

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