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India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

18 Junio 2017, 04:47 | Gerardo Tarin

However, Pakistan, on the other hand, have been a huge surprise, especially after their massive loss to India in the round robin stages, which made their head-to-head record 2-2. That said, the ICC Champions Trophy is the only event where it has defeated India, not once but twice - in 2004 at Southampton and in 2009 at Centurion.

But, as they have done many times before, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun hosts England in the semi-final.

"For years the India-Pakistan contest has been a battle between India's batting and Pakistan bowling".

Former star batsman Amir Sohail has alleged that Pakistan resorted to match fixing during their run to the final of the ongoing Champions Trophy cricket tournament.

Ahead of much-anticipated, high octane Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has declared the clash between the two Asian arch-rival bigger than the Ashes series. It is apparent that there is a newfound vigour in the Pakistan side since their defeat to India in Edgbaston, but the change is not extraordinary enough to cause concern in the Indian camp.

"You have to be close to reality", said Kohli.

The powerhouses, who clobbered Bangladesh to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in England on Thursday, will be led by batting star Virat Kohli and includes the core of the unit now at the showpiece in London.

"That's the kind of players they have, and that's the kind of ability they have in their side". But if it's cloudy then you may want to revise that. Pakistan have won just one of their past eight matches against their biggest cricketing enemy and haven't beaten them at a major worldwide tournament since the 2009 Champions Trophy. "It won't happen every time, but eight out of 10 times, it will end up happening because you are so convinced about it", added Kohli. The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have combined for 81.4 percent of all India's runs in the competition. Virat Kohli admitted the Indian team craves such big-match situations all the while insisting that Sunday's final against Pakistan is "just another game" for his team.

"You can't think of those things when you step on to the field", said Kohli.

"Let's hope we can put our "A" game again together tomorrow - because if we can, and I said it before the England game, we can beat anybody". If you make the finals, you've played really good cricket.

Like Pakistan, India has tried to treat the final as just another game.

But Sarfraz, who has had a fine tournament in his triple role of captain, wicket-keeper and batsman added: "You saw how well we bowled in the "death overs" against South Africa and also Sri Lanka".

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