India wins toss, bowls first in Champions Trophy final

Faith Castro
June 18, 2017

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir, who missed Wednesday´s impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England with a back spasm, returning. They will be eager to get that run-scoring going in the Champions Trophy final.

The champions trophy final is to begin on Sunday at 3 pm.

"Our execution has been great and we've attacked", Arthur said.

"I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, I think focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day, and we will give ourselves a good chance to go out there and do some good things for the team", he added. The fielding was sloppy, the bowling didn't stick to the game plan, and the batsmen didn't run well between the wickets.

In this buildup, Arthur said they've focused much less on India and more on reinforcing what they do well.

"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", he added.

The new ball of pairing of Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit will be key to India as they need to dismiss in form Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali, and get into the middle order early, who has not delivered much.

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However, they will still have the role of underdogs in this matchup against the defending champions.

Pakistan have lost seven of their nine previous matches at the Oval in ODI cricket (W2) whilst India have alternated between victory and defeat across their last six ODI outings there; they beat South Africa at the famous London venue last time out. "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". But we've closed the chapter on that.

Following their thrashing against India at Edgbaston a fortnight ago, coach Mickey Arthur conceded Pakistan had struggled to cope with the enormous expectation that comes with matches against India, one of the world's biggest and most passionate sporting rivalries.

Pakistan will aim to defy the odds and beat India when the two fierce rivals meet at The Oval in what promises to be a pulsating ICC Champions Trophy final, which is expected to be watched by over a billion people on Sunday.

Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England's hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more risky than the team India beat at Edgbaston in the group stage. We have practiced the same way as we started the day we came here. There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra.

"You have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset".

The India vs. Pakistan ICC Final gets started at 5:30 a.m.

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