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India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry

18 Junio 2017, 11:54 | Gerardo Tarin

In the matches leading up to the final, middle overs have been the game changers for Pakistan. "Besides, any subcontinental team is generally comfortable against spin which is another reason why I would prefer Umesh although Ashwin too is a fantastic competitor", Gambhir felt. Malik has had a quiet tournament by his standards but I expect him to come good on the big occasion. An India-Pakistan cricket contest is big enough, but a final as big as this one will be watched even more fervently in the sub-continent.

The duo was just immaculate with their timing and shot selection during the course of the partnership as they smashed the Bangladeshi bowlers to all the parts of the ground and hampered their confidence so and so that they could not never get the edge in the match. "They have worked very hard to stand where they are in the final and I'm sure all the players will come out and give their best", he said. "They've been really special". "That's why I will always put India in front", the 32-year-old stumper said.

Spearheaded by Hasan Ali who has picked up ten wickets at the tournament, more than anyone else, Pakistan have an economical but deadly bowling attack. They were exceptional against Sri Lanka and very impressive against England in the semifinals.

"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", he added. "That's our aim and focus".

Pakistan Justice Party has announced to present the national cricket team with gold crown on beating India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Some teams start confidently and then they fade.

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.

"Pakistan can beat anyone on their day, everyone is aware the kind of talent and ability they have", said Kohli. "We are playing our best cricket at the best time of the tournament".

Like any meeting of the two countries, the final will attract enormous interest in the cricket-mad sub-continent, but the experienced Kohli is treating that just as matter-of-factly.

"It's been quite a few years I've been dealing with that, so it's nothing new", he added.

If both these episodes suggest a pattern that makes music to the ears of Indian cricket fans, let me temper the buoyant mood somewhat with a reality check from the past that should be a reminder that Sunday's result is not a foregone conclusion. You can't ignore it. "It's important to maintain the balance of being confident in your own skill and what you are doing as a team", he said in a sensible note.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a CAB first division league match between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, Saha said: "India are overall favourites in every department".

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