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Fit-again Amir may play in India-Pakistan ICC CT final

17 Juin 2017

We've got to try and get into them.

Ten years ago, India and Pakistan had clashed against one another in an ICC final and Gambhir's knock of 77 helped India sail through wherein MS Dhoni lifted his first ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan's glorious run in the event continued with eight-wicket win over host England. We dissected India a lot before the game at Edgbaston, and we've sort of backtracked a little bit on that now and sort of solidifying what we did really well, confirming what we've done well in terms of our bowling, in terms of our batting, in terms of our fielding, and building on that.

"Having captained Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi- final at Mohali, I know the importance of the game and how it brings the two nations to a standstill while underlining the message of peace and tolerance for each other".

If Shikhar Dhawan (India) reaches 50 in this game, he'll have got there more often than any other batsman ever in the Champions Trophy (currently done it on six occasions). Barring the lone defeat to Sri Lanka, India have been in commanding form in the entire tournament. And how can Pakistan influence their qualification into a final?

But, they have bounced back in style, ousting South Africa in a must-win match before a clinical win over Bangladesh in the semi-final. The next best win-loss ratio is New Zealand's 21-12.

Once again, if one moves their eyes to statistics, India are heavy contenders to lift the trophy for a second straight time. They have scored 1098 runs in the tournament at a run rate of 6.23, both of which are also the best in the tournament.

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India will go into the final with a 14-2 winning record against the Green Brigade in all major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.

Hasan, who lives in the city of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, is confident of India's chances in the final and believes that his nephew's team is not as strong as the Men in Blue.

"Virat Kohli's team has already proved its credentials as the best batting unit in the tournament".

The bowling average for Pakistan's seamers during the middle overs: they have taken 13 wickets during this phase and conceded only 4.2 runs per over.

Virat Kohli's knack of dealing with the expectations of 600 million cricket-crazy India supporters will be put to the test as never before in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. This is easily the highest tally by the top three of any team in this tournament - England's 483 is the next highest, while Pakistan's aggregate is 406.

Kohli will be cast centre stage as India captain in front of a mere 24,500 sell-out crowd at The Oval, and his primary task will be to keep his composure at the crease and in the field as the overwhelming favourites bid to retain their title.