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Mohammad Amir likely to be fit for final

17 Juin 2017

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has rued the fact that their bowlers could not bowl the short ball at the right time in their semi-final match against India in the ICC Champions Trophy here.

The match attracted 201 million viewers, double than the last edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

India and Pakistan are meeting in an ICC tournament final for the first time since 2007.

Pakistan suffered a humiliating 124-run defeat by India in the first match of their campaign at the ongoing Champions Trophy but staged a splendid comeback with consecutive victories over South Africa, Sri Lanka and hosts England to enter the final.

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Chasing 268 to win, India hopes looked over when Mahendra Singh Dhoni left in the 43rd over. "We were on top when they were batting and I thought we could have scored 330 to 340 if they were there", Mashrafe was quoted as saying by Bangladesh's newspaper "The Daily Star" after Thursday's match which they lost by 9 wickets. "The boys now need to be level-headed and focus on playing good cricket", the former Pakistan captain added. "But someone asked me before the tournament who would be in the final and I said Pakistan", Azhar said.

"And there will be days, when you score a zero and you feel great on the day as you have won a game of cricket".

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have", Kohli said.

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In disputed Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan, the cricket tournament has already caused discord.

"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been wonderful for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", Kohli said.

"We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage".

The two teams played out a breathless deadlocked group match in Durban, with both notching 141 runs from their 20 overs - India's Robin Uthappa and Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq leading their side's cause with half-centuries.

"We're taking it as any other game", he added.

Pakistan could make one change if Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, is fit.

Given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's most successful bowler, has taken six wickets so far, it will take something special to stop Hasan from finishing as the leading wicket-taker in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides.

Mohammad Amir likely to be fit for final