No pressure on us ahead of ICC CT final: Virat Kohli

No pressure on us ahead of ICC CT final: Virat Kohli

Will Pakistan continue bowling first?

In fact, the left-handed talisman went on to praise Sarfraz as well as the Pakistani team and how they have defied all odds to reach their maiden Champions Trophy final. Except for their first group game against India, the plan has worked.

Azhar admitted that the Indians are the over-dogs but was quick to add that he has great belief in the Pakistan team.

I would also want the cricketing world and the ICC to keep a close eye on the significance of an Indo-Pak cricket match of this magnitude and what it means to the fans of the game all around. That's a real confirmer for us.

Whether it's New Delhi or Islamabad, Karachi or Kolkata, this is one match that fans would hate to see their team lose.

While India's strength lies in its batting, especially its fantastic top four, Pakistan's strength is its superb bowling attack. Their fast bowlers have dismantled fearsome middle orders with yorkers and reverse swing, while the spinners have stemmed the run-flow, with all three going below five runs per over in this phase.

His Pakistan counterpart Mickey Arthur's best as coach came when he led South Africa to astonishing heights from 2005 to 2010.

Both sides have inflicted severe damage between overs 31 and 40, when batting sides usually get set to step on the gas.

Pakistan defeated hosts and favourites England in a massive upset in the semi-final, they strangled Eoin Morgan's men for runs and bowled them out for 211.

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England came to bat after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and invited Eoin Morgan to bat first. They were truly the highlight of the day.

I am heartened by Pakistan's opening partnership of Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali.

"Previously the boys weren't ready for a high-pressure game".

For starters, a few key personnel.

Sohail Tanvir, Pakistan pacer, has a philosophical view of the two finals. "It's so important to stay away from those things", the captain added."You have to make that sort of effort to stay in a good zone and a good mindset". Sarfraz needs to back his own abilities to the hilt since a confused or timid approach can hurt the team and dampen the chances of success.

Buttler showed us he could play the scoop shot as well as anybody in the game. Out have gone two of the more experienced players - Wahab Riaz, who is injured, and Ahmed Shehzad, who has been dropped - and in their place have come youngsters who are unscarred by previous setbacks and are apparently fearless about the occasion or the opposition.

Speaking about what is expected to be a high-voltage second clash, Kohli was nonchalant. When Tamim Iqbal was in full flow, he hammered 26 runs off 20 balls from Ashwin, and India had to turn to Jadhav's part-time offbreaks to end that run.

On Sunday, India will meet Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy, an worldwide cricket tournament played once every four years.

Inzamam (60 off 37 balls) joined hands with Miandad (57 not out) to engineer an 87-run stand for the fifth wicket to stem the rot, while Zaman showed no big-game nerves to notch up a 58-ball 57 which eventually helped Pakistan sail through to the final easily.

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