World game's biggest match to decide Champions Trophy title


The only change India made after the opening 124-run win over Pakistan was to play offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin instead of medium-pacer Umesh Yadav.

"Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off". The match between the two sides is always special. If they could get 265 runs so easily losing only one wicket, another 60-70 would not have put them under any pressure. Pakistan, meanwhile, has not hosted a major global match - barring a short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe - at home since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus at Lahore in 2009.

"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world".

"We have played here before, one more effort to go and I'm sure the guys will give it our best shot", added Kohli.

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Following the defeat against India, Pakistan had managed to bounce back in the tournament and hammered South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stage before defeating favourites England in the semi-final to book their place in the final. Both Virat and Sarfraz have been the winning captains of Under-19 cricket World Cup teams.

India and Pakistan have played each other in six World Cup matches, five T20 World Cup matches and four Champions Trophy matches and India has won 6 out of 6 matches against Pakistan in the World Cup, 5 out of 5 in the World Twenty20 (including a bowl-out after a tie) and 2 out of 4 in the Champions Trophy. And, now they are set to meet in final of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval on Sunday.

Leaving the former Pakistani cricketers' proclivity for triggering controversies aside, ther team can still make it a cracker of a final.

Arthur is confident the India "aberration" is now behind Pakistan, who've also lost all three of their previous knockout matches at International Cricket Council tournaments against their fiercest foes. "We're now moving forward".

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"We are neither intimidated nor are we too arrogant", Kohli said in a press conference ahead of Sunday's clash.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament", Kohli said on Saturday.

"Exposure to high-pressure situations is what India have had above Pakistan", he said.

According to Arthur, India's top-order has done marvelously well and the middle-order has not been tested throughout the competition, so if Pakistan want to create a chance for themselves, they'll have to focus their attack on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli who have been scoring the bulk of the runs for the Men in Blue.

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