Facts about Champion Trophy final


And, now they are set to meet in final of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval on Sunday. My wishes are with Virat Kohli and his team.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament", he told reporters.

"Some teams start tournaments very confidently and then they fade off".

The best thing about the current Indian team is that their bowlers have it in them to win matches on their own, which was missing in the past.

"On their day they can beat any side in the world", said Kohli of Pakistan.

"But, at the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing".

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Those two wickets against Sri Lanka have been his only two of the tournament so far, however, albeit his economy rate is a respectable 4.79. And on Wednesday they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff. "And the two teams crossed paths in the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup, when India won it for a second time". So what we've produced after that doesn't come as any surprise because that's how we trained, and that's what we worked at. Even today's practice was absolutely similar. There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra. We dissected India a lot before that game at Edgbaston but we've backtracked a bit on that.

Pakistan coach Mikey Arthur said on Saturday that a game plan based on the team's strength has been prepared for the crucial clash against India in the Champions Trophy final. "I believe in my boys. if we win it would be a great gift to the whole nation", he added. We are keeping things simple as the more you are relaxed, the better decisions you make. "We can only control our performances and that is what we are looking to do", he added.

Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events. "So tomorrow is going to be about us rather than the opposition, and we've made the focus us as a team". We don't want to look at the stats and the history. While bowling also, we have got wickets when we attacked.

Boasting the two highest run-scorers in the tournament, namely Shikhar Dhawan with 317 and Rohit Sharma just 13 behind, India have a batting order capable of producing eye-watering scores.

"He's fit to play, and he will play", said Arthur in answer to a question from AFP. The time has arrived to play hard ball. So we will try to play attacking cricket in every situation.

According to a report by PTI, Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if "Law of Averages" catches up with them. Pakistan have won just one of their past eight matches against their biggest cricketing enemy and haven't beaten them at a major global tournament since the 2009 Champions Trophy.