Golden opportunity for Pakistan to avenge loss to India: Imran Khan

And credit to them, they have turned things around for themselves really well, and they have beaten sides that have been very strong.

"It could bring them to a position of strength and pressurize the International Cricket Council to bring back international cricket to Pakistan", he said.

Since Pakistan's crushing defeat against India on June 4, they have recovered well beating South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to reach the final. India refused to play against us, we're playing in a bigger stage now.

The current generation of cricketers has not played each other often enough to become steeped in the rivalry, or to form the sort of friendships that existed at a time when cricket showed the way.

There'll be more people watching in India, although a lower proportion of the population. Pakistan have an atrocious record in the ICC matches (losing all World Cup and World T20 matches).

The most heartening aspect of the Champions Trophy has been the performance of Indian bowlers and fielders. Pakistan, meanwhile, has not hosted a major worldwide 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.

India captain Virat Kohli, right, and Rohit Sharma celebrate at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Sunday's match up will be the first final between the two sides in a decade, following 2007's nail-biting World Twenty20 final that saw India defeat Pakistan by a mere five runs. Once again it was Misbah-ul-Haq left with the task of taking Pakistan to an improbable win, and with 54 needed from 24 balls with three wickets in hand he nearly did.

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The tournament-leading foursome held a one-shot lead over a trio of contenders that includes first-round leader Rickie Fowler . In fact, that's 15 more than the top 18 players on the leaderboard going into the weekend. "It always does that", he said.

That led to the drama of the now outdated "bowl-out", where each side had players bowl at an empty crease in an attempt to hit the stumps - in a process not dissimilar to a soccer penalty shootout.

The battle against India was always going to be a very tough for Bangladesh.

The ICL may have forced the BCCI's hand but without the catalyst of a thrilling win in a major worldwide final, and over Pakistan as well, would Twenty20 have taken off with fans and officials alike in India, cricket's economic powerhouse, in quite the same way?

Before 1947, the regions now known as India and Pakistan were both part of British India. After much thinking, Dhoni put faith in Joginder Sharma for the last six balls, from which Pakistan required 13.

The pick of his dismissals was when Ben Stokes, fresh from his ODI best 102 not out in Australia in the group stage, was completely deceived by a slower ball that landed on a near yorker length and spooned a catch to mid-off.

"We've got nothing to lose - the pressure is more on them (India)", Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood told reporters at the Oval on Friday.

More than three decades ago, administrators NKP Salve, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Nur Khan fought the established order to move the World Cup out of England for the first time. India won by 124 runs, its seventh win out of 10 one-day internationals since 2010.

Rarely has the hostility between the fierce rivals spilled over onto the field quite like it did at the 1999 World Cup, where the two faced off in Manchester with the unavoidable backdrop of both countries being engaged in a stand-off over the disputed land of Kashmir. We have seen some really surprising results, and it's been incredible for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well.

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