Champions Trophy Final: Mohammed Amir fit to play for Pakistan

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

Meanwhile, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will play in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals India, coach Mickey Arthur said Saturday.

Pakistan thrashed favourites India by 180 runs to clinch the Champions Trophy title in a thrilling competition at London's Oval ground on Sunday.

The real rivalry in cricketing sense between both countries, in fact, started after the Asia Cup in 1986 where Javed Miandad hit a six of the last ball bowled by Chetan Sharama in the final match to secure an impossible win. It has played as though it has nothing to lose, with a freedom to express its skills, which is commendable considering the situation it found itself in.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have also lived up to their "unpredictable" standards, with their comprehensive wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka after the first game debacle against Kohli & Co.

"No team in the tournament is guaranteed a victory as whichever team performs on that day will win".

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Both the openers added 128 runs for the first wicket and didn't allow India to take a single wicket in the first 20 overs. Mohammad Hafeez - with a 34-ball 50 - and Babar Azam chipped in too to ensure Pakistan turned the promise into substance.

Cricket pundits, former players, and fans have dubbed India the favorites and expect them to retain the silverware.

India have been dominant against Pakistan in ICC events, with the overall record being 13-2 in their favour.

De Villiers, who has befriended Kohli through playing in the same Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League, says the India skipper has mellowed down the years and the anger that sometimes surfaced has been replaced by a more jocular personality.

While India's openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the top two run-getters with 317 and 304 runs respectively in the tournament so far, Kohli remains the target of Pakistan bowlers or any bowling attack in the world for that matter. In 2006 he led Pakistan's Under-19s in their World Cup final against India in Colombo. It's a big IF! Everyone have promptly also appreciated and praised Pakistan's brilliant performance which brushed away the Indian side today. It is fantastic to think that someone of the class of Umesh Yadav can't make the starting eleven. "Starting the proceedings with Jasprit Bumrah will be a good option", he added. His fiery spells, unbelievable death hole deliveries, potent yorkers and exceptional slower balls have helped him develop as a complete bowler. From a batsman's point of view, it is hard to pick the ball up early out of his hand due to his unusual action and excellent deception when bowling his different deliveries. "It's importance to maintain the balance of being confident on your own skill and what you are doing as a team", he added.

On the eve of a high-tension cricket clash between Pakistan and India, MS Dhoni was pictured carrying Sarfaraz Ahmed's adorable baby boy Abdullah. Let's wait till tomorrow.

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