Amir fit and ready to play Champions Trophy final against India


They average nearly 100 runs per wicket in the tournament.

Will it be the team of their opening group match at Edgbaston on June 4, a 124-run thrashing by arch-rivals India, where some often thoughtless bowling and timid batting were only outdone only in their ineptitude by woeful fielding during an all-round performance labelled "shambolic" by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur?

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

"But I understand as a player and as a person that it's not possible".

"Even the bowlers that you play regularly, on a tour or throughout a series, two matches you'll be on top of them, third match they can nick you off".

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan. You can't ignore it.

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It is unlikely to get much mainstream exposure in the United States, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of people across the 50 states tuning into what is likely to be one of the most-watched, if not the most-watched, global sporting events of 2017.

"I don't think we've exceeded expectations at all", he said.

If Fakhar gets out early, Azhar should take the charge and focus on minimizing the dot balls, Pakistani batsmen need to remember that strike-rotation is as important as hitting boundaries in an ODI.

"That's something I work on". I've learned a lot how to handle certain things. Sohail criticised Sarfraz in a post-match analysis where he said that the 30-year-old has "nothing to be smug about; he just became captain".

Pakistan, decimated by India in their first league game, came back strongly defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka to make it to the semis and then punished an errant England to make it to their maiden Champions Trophy final.

The Indian captain said that game would not have any relevance and praised the Pakistan team for reaching the final.

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"If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much in this competition, so that's pretty much our aim and focus", the South African Arthur said on Saturday.

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

Hasan's impressive array of skills were on show during Pakistan's dominant eight-wicket semi-final win in Cardiff on Wednesday against an England side previously unbeaten in the tournament.

Ex-Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has admitted that he would love nothing more than to see the resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.

"Pakistan can beat anyone on their day, everyone is aware the kind of talent and ability they have", said Kohli. But, interestingly, there are some striking similarities between the two finals. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done. We dissected India a lot before that game at Edgbaston but we've backtracked a bit on that.

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