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Pakistan's Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

18 Junio 2017, 09:21 | Benedicto Grullon

Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: "It's just another game of cricket". From then on, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side beat Sri Lanka in a do-or-die clash following it up with a semi-final triumph over fancied England to storm into the final. Imran tweeted the team a good luck message to his 5.5m followers. "They've been really special". Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done. "The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood".

"The India game. was an aberration", he said.

"Both teams obviously want to win the final".

"That's the kind of players they have, we're quite aware of that".

Then, Junaid Khan almost picks up Kohli as well, inducing the outside edge of the India captain with a ball that was slanted across, but Babar Azam, in the slips, drops the catch, failing to hold on, moving to his right.

Jadhav took six wickets before the match and all of them to break crucial partnerships.

"India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments but things can change, and this is the time for us to change the tag that we don't perform well at ICC events", said the 42 year-old. More than 200 million people watched that game, according to Indian media, citing BARC India.

Yet in that game it was once again the bowling ability of Pakistan that came to the fore. They seem to have planned their attack better in the last three matches, yet they must be wondering how to distribute the crucial 20 overs between the two spinners, attacking leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm Imad Wasim.

The pitch looks good to bat on right from the off, with the fresh surface having very little moisture, which means there isn't much for the Pakistan new ball bowlers to take advantage of. It's part of being an Indian cricketer and you just have to focus on what's happening on the field and accept reality'. "We're now moving forward", said the South African.

India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan's resurgence. Will they be able to overthrow the champions or will Team India repeat in the role?

South Africa, ranked number one in the ICC ODI Rankings, was the first victim of a resurgent Pakistan, as Hasan Ali's three-wicket haul inspired a morale-boosting victory in a rain-affected contest at Edgbaston. India has won the Champions Trophy twice and the Cricket World Cup twice, but never successfully defended a title.

Prior to this summer's Champion's Trophy, Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel told reporters that India would not play Pakistan in any future non-tournament fixtures, while cross-border "terror from Pakistan" remains. Against England, they demonstrated that they could get the ball to reverse swing early, and on a grippy Cardiff surface knocked the host out.

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