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Pakistan create history, thrash India in Champions Trophy final

19 Junio 2017, 05:45 | Gerardo Tarin

India, meanwhile, have done exactly what was expected. The batting has looked as strong as ever, but, incredibly, India now also have one of the best bowling attacks in world cricket.

Pakistan lost to India in their first game only to ride their luck and win against South Africa. Both sides have brilliant pacers who are backed by tidy spinners. "The strategy of fielding first against other teams has worked well for Sarfraz against other teams as the spinners throttled the opposition in the middle overs and Hassan Ali bowled really impressively", he said.

Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their Australian coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament. "I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time".

There's no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session, and that's the kind of approach we have maintained throughout the tournament.

The match turned out to be one of the most nightmarish under Virat Kohli''s captaincy.It was a match where everything went awry for the Men in Blue from the time Kohli went out for the toss.

"The turnaround has been magnificent", Kohli said. Back at Edgbaston and Cardiff, Pakistan played on used wickets that were dry and suited their bowling attack. The second of these contests was comfortably won by India when they defeated Pakistan in the 1985 final of the World Championship of cricket.

That left India with a target well within their range and led by the tall, upright all-rounder Ravi Shastri, they duly polished off the victory target without any drama. According to estimates by the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), around Rs 2,000 crore will be wagered on the match, that will start on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.

While the vast majority of those tuning in will be among the huge populations in India and Pakistan, not completely insignificant number are also likely to be watching from the United States.

"We don't take any opposition for granted and we are looking to play some great cricket here". On the eve of the Champions Trophy final, there was neither big-talking nor attempts at mind games from either captain. "Well, we got to London - we want to go one step further now", Arthur added.

"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". "We are ready with our plans for the match against India", a confident Sarfraz told the media at the Oval. "We are aiming to win this tournament", he said.

India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval. They have piled up 1098 runs at a per-batsman average of 91.50 in the Champions Trophy, which makes them by a distance the best batting side on show.

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