Champions Trophy : India bowl against Pakistan in final

This is particularly true of Pakistan with Hasan Ali firing away in these overs. The pressure should be on India, who are the defending champions.

There's no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session, and that's the kind of approach we have maintained throughout the tournament. If they can do that, the Edgbaston match and all the other previous encounters could well be history.

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.

The neighbouring countries have moved on from years of political conflicts but emotions will run high as millions of supporters around the world watch the first major cricket final between the teams since the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.

Pakistan were fortunate to get a point from their South Africa game where they managed to restrict the Proteas to 219/8 in 50 overs but were tottering at 119/3 when the skies opened up and Pakistan won by 19 runs via Duckworth Lewis method.

Arthur confirmed Saturday that Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, would return against India.

"The turnaround has been magnificent", he said.

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

Batting first, the Pakistan innings was first stalled by the inspired swing bowling of Kapil Dev and then ripped asunder by the gifted leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.

Fakhar and Azhar shared an opening stand of 128, their second in a row in triple digits after 118 in the semifinal win over England. "They are better than Pakistan player to player but I think they could get complacent and this could work to Pakistan's advantage".

Pakistan led the head-to-head of India-Pakistan matches in the Champions Trophy before the tournament began.

"We don't take any opposition for granted and we are looking to play some great cricket here".

India beat Bangladesh while Pakistan beat England in the semi-final to have a shot at winning that coveted trophy.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament", he told reporters.

"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", Arthur said. He could be replaced by pacer Umesh Yadav, who sizzled in the June 4 game against Pakistan with 3-30.

AFP | India skipper Virat Kohli admitted Saturday that he is steering clear of social media ahead of Sunday's high-profile Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan.

Team sporting events in football and cricket get tied up with nationalist sentiments the world over. They face a side that will settle for nothing less than the title. "So we're quite aware of that", Kohli said. "We are going to create some depth so that we can come here in 2019 and give it a shake".

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