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Coach: Pakistan mindset better for CT final after India loss

18 Junio 2017, 02:28 | Gerardo Tarin

Indian cricket fans cheer and wave national flags during the ICC Champions trophy match on June 4

Indian cricket fans cheer and wave national flags during the ICC Champions trophy match on June 4

"Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are bowling very well and the batting order is also taken care of by Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli", said a cricket fan.

India's captain Virat Kohli has urged his team to forget the 124-run drubbing they inflicted on old rivals Pakistan in the group stage of the Champions Trophy ahead of the teams' sell-out final at The Oval on Sunday.

"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".

Now, after 10 years the question is whether the Pakistan team will be able to beat India or not.

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 outcome of the match is just one part of the betting exercise.

And as, we all know, the match between these two countries is much beyond the game. "So that exposes more and more young players to pressure situations, and I think the more we can expose our guys to those situations, the better results we get out on the ground". I hope the Indian team win. While the Pakistani skipper headed his team to Under-19 World Cup victory in 2006, Virat bagged the same title in 2008 defeating South Africa. "This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament". They won against Sri Lanka miraculously in a must-win affair and bettered their show against England in the semi.

Kohli will be cast centre stage as India captain in front of a mere 24,500 sell-out crowd at The Oval, and his primary task will be to keep his composure at the crease and in the field as the overwhelming favourites bid to retain their title. But the suspicion is that if Pakistan are to hold sway in the final, it will be the bowlers who do it for them.

Team India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another high-voltage clash against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side.

Pakistan has surprised everyone in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after being ranked eighth coming into the tournament and was well and truly beaten in its first match against India.

· Pakistan have reached a Champions Trophy final for the very first time; they knocked out England in Cardiff by a margin of eight wickets to get there.

In all ICC tournaments including the ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20, the sub-continental rivals have met 15 times with India emerging victorious on 12 occasions.



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