ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Advantage India in high-stakes final

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 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.

SPORT360 MATCH PREDICTION: With the experience in their team and the fact that they won the match between the two teams during the group stages, India go into the final as favourites.

Both sides romped to easy victories in the semi-finals, Pakistan thrashing previously unbeaten England by eight wickets, and India overpowering Bangladesh. He can give you a match-winning performance in any game that he plays.

South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. "Keep India below 250 and they are bang in business". Many people get involved in this. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan. "You have just got to believe in your abilities, because one day or the other the bowler will come out on top", he added. "The difference is exposure, exposure to massive pressure situations", said Arthur.

India refuse to play against us [on tours to Pakistan's home series in the United Arab Emirates]. It's big stage for him and Anil Kumble.

Pakistan, ranked eighth in the ICC ODI rankings, on the other hand, have stayed true to their template of cricket; unpredictable, thrilling, making their fans gasp for breath and eventually punching above their weight to pull off a fantastic win against a top team like England in the semifinals and against world number one ranked ODI side South Africa in the group stage.

Ganguly said he believes India will be under no pressure as numerous players have played in big tournament finals before.

"As a team, we want to win".

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"It wouldn't be a shock if we won, ".

"I believe in my boys. if we win it would be a great gift to the whole nation". They seem to have planned their attack better in the last three matches, yet they must be wondering how to distribute the crucial 20 overs between the two spinners, attacking leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm Imad Wasim.

"Everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world".

Considering the history of the final of the tournament, this would be third ever final to be held in England. There are no easy games over here.

Normally, you would expect the team management to go back to that template, with Pakistan's batsmen considered more adept against the turning ball.

"You have to be close to reality", said Kohli.

"I look forward to playing as it's a big occasion", added Amir, now firmly back in the global fold after his career was halted by a ban and jail sentence for his part in a 2010 spot-fixing scam during a Test against England at Lord's. We've got to try and make that new ball really work for us.

London will have one of sport's highest-profile fixtures in its midst on Sunday. Even Pakistan's 82-55 win-loss record in head of head clashes against India may not be enough to boost their morale after the two heavy defeats they have suffered in the past three days.

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