Amir fit to play final against India, reveals Mickey Arthur

Sunday June 4 was the D-Day for both the teams as they played their first group match in the Champions Trophy 2017 in Birmingham, and now, they are back again for the big game!

"India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments".

Sarfraz Ahmed's Pakistan side have risen from the canvas since their error-strewn opener, with three successive victories including the eight-wicket humbling of England that secured their passage to the final and demonstrated the potency of their bowling attack. However, India's star batsman said that the past would not have a bearing in the final and no team are guaranteed a win.

We hope that the combination of the aggressive Virat Kohli and the ex-captain cool's calm will help India lift the mini world cup. We have seen some really surprising results, and it's been unbelievable for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. For Sunday's final, viewership is expected to be 30-40 percent higher. While most of the Indian cricketers in that team were sure about Ali's prospects, they were never too sure about how far Sarfraz would actually go in his global career. We can't just be hoping to take wickets all the time, especially against a batting order like India.

India have won all three of their previous matches with Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments to date but Azhar, 42, said there was no reason why the sequence had to be extended this weekend as well.

The 25-year-old left-arm bowler missed Pakistan's remarkable eight-wicket semi-final win over tournament hosts England in Cardiff on Wednesday with a back spasm.

Aamir Sohail levels serious allegations on Pakistan team, says "someone [from outside the team] is winning them matches". "So I know we have to learn a little bit more how can we stop runs and put pressure on the opponent", Mortaza said. Like the India-Sri Lanka game, it was a true pitch. It doesn't matter whether we win by nine wickets, we win by one wicket. The final Champions Trophy 2017 will witness India - Pakistan clash after a gap of 9 years and only the 2nd time in an ICC event with the first one being the 2007 World T20 final.

"You can imagine the magnitude of it; Pakistan v India, there was a lot of flak flying around and the boys were taking a lot of heat, all of us were".

"I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day". He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we don't mind if Amir can't play.

One concern for India is that there hasn't been much work for the likes of Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja to do with the bat and Pakistan could exploit this, if it gets early wickets in the final.

Apart from bowling in the nets on Friday, Amir received treatment from the Pakistan team physiotherapist on which bowling coach Azhar Mahmood informed reporters: "He bowled today without any problem whatsoever".

  • Julie Sanders