Kohli not intimidated by Pakistan

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Pakistan have already "closed the chapter" on their trouncing by India in the group stages of the Champions Trophy and intend to prove the point in the final. These include a bet for Kohl to take a catch at 13 to 8 odds, a bet for India to win with Rohit Sharma as top Indian Batsman at 6 to 1 odds, and a bet for Babar Azam (3 to 1) to be the top Pakistan run scorer.

· This will be the fifth time these sides would have faced off in the Champions Trophy; the record is now balanced with two victories each. The first is that, while Pakistan's attack has taken more wickets than any other team in the competition - 31 - they have taken very few - just two - in the first Powerplay.

Despite the start of the tournament being headlined by the trouble within the Indian camp, the players and the head coach Anil Kumble have managed to work well as a unit and as Saha said, are favourites to defend the trophy they won back in 2013. So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team.

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

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"You have to focus on what you have to do on the field". However they were given a reality check after being stunned by Sri Lanka in one of the group games.

Whether Pakistan can complete their redemption story and overcome India's dominance is yet to be seen. Pakistan will be looking to their opening partnership of Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali who helped them to victory against England in the semi-finals.

Hence, they come into this final all pumped to win their maiden Champions Trophy.

"India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments but things can change, and this is the time for us to change the tag that we don't perform well at ICC events", said the 42 year-old. We have practised the same way from the first day we came here.

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After Friday's practice, Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said of Amir: "He bowled today without any problem whatsoever". There was no over excitement. The people who place these bets often bounce the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and try to misguide the cyber police, which is onto them. Billed as the "Mother of all Cricketing rivalries", the India-Pakistan clash is more than just a game of cricket. "We're now moving forward". Many people get involved in this. "We've practiced the same way from the first day we came here". Pakistan have played some good cricket and have had some good wins. Whereas, before the Edgbaston game, their attention was largely on India - what to expect and how to beat them - they have now decided it is better to concentrate on their own strengths rather than lingering over the details of the daunting challenge that awaits. We don't want to look at the stats and the history. I bowled in the nets and felt no discomfort so I hope the recovery is complete.

"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.

"We have to (attack), we've got no option".

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Also playing in the afternoon was Dustin Johnson , the defending champion and No. 1 player in the world, who opened with a 75. Thomas, who said he didn't expect anyone to get to 12-under on Saturday, will follow the same strategy.

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