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18 Junio 2017, 11:39 | Gerardo Tarin
They would certainly be hoping that for once the law of averages takes their side.
Sunday's match up will be the first final between the two sides in a decade, following 2007's nail-biting World Twenty20 final that saw India defeat Pakistan by a mere five runs. The aggression ever present while on the field was distinctly absent. "We are aiming to win this tournament", he said. We have not spoken about this game in any different way.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar's excellent performances did not come as a huge surprise, since he performed well in the Indian Premier League as well, Fakhar Zaman was the package that took everyone by awe. Even today's practice was absolutely similar.
"They are ranked higher than us - so everyone is talking about India, India".
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has depended on their bowlers to deliver the goods and despite the absence of prime bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the latter half, have not suffered.
Mellowed the two captains might be, but the "just another game" theory belies what is at stake.
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. Mickey Arthur acknowledged as much.
For the two giants of world cricket, it ends just how it started - against each other with more than a billion eyeballs assessing every single action of theirs. They're going in the right direction.
"He can be very aggressive and dominant in the field as a captain but when I played against him he was quiet and sedate", said Taylor. India and Pakistan are meeting each other for the first time in an ICC 50-over final. "After the defeat against India, we had some honest conversations and the guys took it on the chin".
India and Pakistan have had divergent fortunes over the past decade. It is perhaps fitting. While India's players benefit from their experience in the IPL, Pakistan's players - who are not now involved in the IPL - have only recently had their own comparable domestic T20 competition in which to gain such experiences.
India, however, does have an upper hand since Pakistan usually is on the losing side against India in ICC tournaments. The team possesses a batting line-up that can destroy any attack. Their scores combined totals a staggering 874. But the underdogs have been battle-tested in this tournament, while India have batted their way through the competition. "We've concentrated more this time on our own gameplans".
Amir's return bolsters an already impressive Pakistan pace attack featuring Hasan Ali, the tournament's leading wicket-taker. India's bowlers have been hugely effective, taking wickets in the middle overs to strangle opponents.
After separatist violence started in Kashmir in early 1989-90, tempers began to soar during India-Pakistan sporting clashes.
"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but".
"So he continues to thrive, and so his Indian team continue to enjoy remarkably consistent success at ICC tournaments". It is India versus Pakistan.
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