India vs. Pakistan: ICC Final Odds & Prediction
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 14:31
It will a big upset indeed if India fail to overcome Pakistan in the final but one certainly hopes that it will be a final to remember, just like the epic clash between the two sides in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup.
In big games, you need captains to have a clear mind since they are the ones who have to steer the ship.
The ICC Champions Trophy this year has seen people across the border uniting to defend us a number of times.
"Now when I knew that the best bowler will get a "golden ball", I am determined to get that souvenir as it will be my first in my career". The match will be played at The Oval in London tomorrow.
However, India will remain under pressure as the Pakistan team has a fresh batch of players who have exuberating confidence. "They are motivated and if we can work had in the finals, we will get good results", said Sarfraz.
A lone loss to Sri Lanka apart, India have been in commanding form.
Captain Kohli will also look to use off-break spinner Kedar Jadhav - who took two vital wickets in his previous match against Bangladesh - alongside Hardik Pandya to deceive the Pakistan batsmen.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Saturday urged the Indian government to "soften their stance" and resume bilateral cricket series with the neighbouring country.
In their opening group stage matches earlier in the tournament, India had defeated Pakistan.
Amir missed his side's semi-final success against England, but Arthur has said Amir is "fit to play, and he will play" in Sunday's showpiece clash at The Oval, live on Sky Sports 2 from 10am. Pakistan's bowling may have improved after their shambolic first game, but India's batting has been rock steady.
"For years the India-Pakistan contest has been a battle between India's batting and Pakistan bowling".
- This will be the fifth time these sides will have faced off in the Champions Trophy; the record is now balanced with two victories apiece. "We came here very, very firmly of the opinion that we wanted to come here and win it and that has been our chat all the time", he said.
Hasan's impressive array of skills were on show during Pakistan's dominant eight-wicket semi-final win in Cardiff on Wednesday against an England side previously unbeaten in the tournament.
He also expressed his pleasure over the young additions to the team, and said they "came in the side and have played with fear and are a breath of fresh air". "Before the Edgbaston game I thought they were really, really calm, but they're very, very excited now, and there's a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room".
"After the India game we have bowled with an attacking mindset and that is why we have taken wickets", he said.