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18 Junio 2017, 02:32 | Gerardo Tarin
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Though form and history favour India, the resurgent Pakistan side have the capability of upsetting India.
Pakistan's "magnificent turnaround" has impressed him but India captain Virat Kohli says there is nothing that his side needs to be overtly concerned about ahead of the Champions Trophy final against the arch-foes on Sunday.
"We've got nothing to lose - the pressure is more on them", the Dawn quoted Azhar as saying.
The 25-year-old too is confident in his fitness for the final, saying: "I am fast gaining fitness". India's dominance extended to the rest of their tournament run, where they scored a tournament-best 1098 runs en route to the final.
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. We went on to win that match.
There will also special arrangements for dhol and crackers for the fans to cheer the Indian team and enjoy the match. Being the most marketable and possibly the most popular personality in a nation of 1.3bn people brings its own pressures: he simply can not move without being begged for a "selfie" and his every move, word and even gesture is relentlessly reported in print, electronic and social media, " Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate wrote.
While Virat Kohli's side sit second in the one-day worldwide rankings, Pakistan were not expected to mount a challenge as they are only seventh in the world in the 50-over format.
India has oozed class throughout the tournament with each player looking in great touch and clear with the role he plays in the team. I think India have an upper hand going into the match.
TeamIndia, 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. They had thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their first meeting in the tournament's group stage.
Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England's hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more risky than the teamIndia beat at Edgbaston in the group stage.
Meanwhile Kohli played down the importance of a group win against a Pakistan side who have since defeated top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka in pool play before thrashing previously unbeaten tournament hosts England by eight wickets in the semi-finals.
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.
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