Marcha 22, 2018

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan vs India, final today

18 Junio 2017, 03:04 | Gerardo Tarin

Baker Street, home to the famous fictional detective character Sherlock Holmes is only half-an-hour's drive from the Oval which will host the ICC Champions Trophy final Sunday, between India and Pakistan. But, do you know this exciting cricket duel may also become the most watched ICC match ever? Nearly one billion people reportedly watched the 2011 World Cup semi-final between the pair, whilst games have been known to sell out in less than 15 minutes. While the former has won the 2007 World Twenty20, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy - and been a regular feature of big knockout matches - the latter's only success came in 2009 when they won the World Twenty20 in England.

Defending champions India had come into the competition as one of the favourites, and seeing them in the final does not come as a huge surprise.

When asked about the preparation and the team's approach about the much-hyped match, Kohli said, "We have not spoken about the game in any different way".

India have won four of their last five ODI matches against Pakistan, including a 124-run victory earlier in this tournament during the group stage.

In this buildup, Arthur said they've focused much less on India and more on reinforcing what they do well. Toss will take place 30 mins prior to the beginning of the clash.

32 - First time since 1984/85 that India are clashing with Pakistan in the final of a multi-national tournament.

De Villiers, who endured a disappointing tournament in charge of the number one ranked side, says Kohli is also able to cope with the extreme pressure that comes with being captain of the Indian cricket team.

"Both teams obviously want to win the final". They defeated strong sides like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England in the semi-final.

They have improved dramatically since the opening loss to India, and have more wickets (31) than anyone in the tournament.

"It won't happen every time, but eight out of 10 times it will end up happening because you're so convinced about it".

The batting department for Pakistan under the likes of opener Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish against India having got to good starts in the previous matches but failing to build lethal partnerships.

"The way youngsters have performed in this tournament is really encouraging for us, they all have played an important role in bringing Pakistan to the final of this tournament", he said.

The form of the top three batsmen - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli - has been very encouraging for the Indian team.

Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar at training.

India captain Virat Kohli leads his team into Sunday s Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan with South African star AB de Villiers labelling him "the outstanding cricketer in the world".

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