Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Mickey Arthur confident India 'aberration' behind Pakistan


India meet neighbours and arch-rivals Pakistan in the grand final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval, London tomorrow (June 18). The Indian government has already shown the red flag for any bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan until it stops sponsoring cross-border terrorism. "This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament".

Of the 11 Pakistan players that beat England on Wednesday - the return of injured quick Mohammad Amir for Sunday's final is their only anticipated change - Babar Azam, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan had their very first taste of India-Pakistan cricket in Birmingham a fortnight ago.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.That was an aberration".

Zaman's century had helped Pakistan reached a buffer zone against India.

Between overs 11 and 40, they have claimed 19 wickets from the three group games, more than any other side. 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.

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"There is no doubt about Rohit's ability and what he brings to the team", Kohli said.

"That was something we hadn't prepared for", he said. Here is the latest ICC Final matchup preview including cricket odds, start time, and how to watch it live streaming online this Sunday. The 2002 edition final was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where rain interruption on two separate days led to the title being shared between Sri Lanka and India.

Current reigning champions India comprehensively defeated Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening match of the competition - an event that drew in a TV audience of over a billion.

"The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was incredible. they've been really special".

"I think the difference is exposure, the exposure to massive pressure situasituations", Arthur, Pakistan's coach from South Africa, said. However they were given a reality check after being stunned by Sri Lanka in one of the group games. "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".

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With one of the pre-tournament favourites in India taking on the lowest seeds in Pakistan, who have not made an ODI final since 1999, this contest is set to add another chapter to the intense rivalry between the two sides.

On the opposing side is a Pakistani team that has been hanging tough to battle back to the finals. Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after.

"If you're thinking "we're three down, I'm going to counter-attack and get the team back on track", it ends up happening, because you're convinced about it".

"We had the mantra "we want to get to London".

"We played some really good cricket but we're not going to take anything for granted for sure".

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However, India will remain under pressure as the Pakistan team has a fresh batch of players who have exuberating confidence. But Pakistan could also find a place for Amir by leaving out a spinner in either Shadab Khan or Imad Wasim.