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India wins the toss and chooses to bowl

18 Junio 2017, 04:02 | Gerardo Tarin

Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact tomorrow in London help from the conditions is imperative

Gambhir is of the view that for Pakistani pacers to make an impact tomorrow in London help from the conditions is imperative

"That was a league game, this is the final", the person said.

"Pakistan have bowled really well since the first game against India". With Kohli in the middle, the guys who give him company dare to discover their potential and come up with incredible stuff. "It's similar to bowling a length ball but the more you practice it, the better you get at it".

Coming to the all important final on Sunday, if reigning champions India are riding on the confidence of having outclassed Pakistan in their opening match, the neighbours can gain comfort from the one hiccup their opponents had against Sri Lanka.

The victory in the final was all the more sweeter for Pakistan because it came against old rivals India.

After opener Shikhar Dhawan got out at his individual score of 46, Sharma and Kohli shared an unbeaten 187-run partnership to help India cross the line, that too easily.

Both sides have inflicted severe damage between overs 31 and 40, when batting sides usually get set to step on the gas.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir is fit to play again, and will once again be key to their hopes.

These two teams previously met just once at this stage of an International Cricket Council global event, when India won the World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.

This was another example of some poor game management from Eoin Morgan's side.

The match had an electrifying start as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Fakhar Zaman off a no-ball early in the innings.

For Pakistan, if Amir is back, promising Rumman Raees, who had such a good game against England, will have to sit out. Batting first, and setting a score, has been a tough ask throughout the knockout phase of the tournament so far, and I don't see that as Pakistan's strength.

It was under Dhoni's leadership that India had defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2013 to lift the title. Sarfraz Ahmed will look beyond Imad Wasim to open the bowling, and would do well to have Junaid Khan bowling to India's top order, considering his record against the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

He was out for zero chasing a wide delivery outside off stump in the match against Sri Lanka, and in the next game, against South Africa, he was appreciating himself after successfully executing a glide to the rope, something he tried and failed against Lanka. "India refuse to play against us (in Pakistan's adopted home of the United Arab Emirates)".

India, however, lost two finals against Pakistan in the sub-continent.

Yet even by their own "unpredictable" standards, Pakistan's transformation since that reverse has been remarkable and on Wednesday they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff. However, Saha was affirmative on India's performance with the ball.

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