Kohli calm ahead of India-Pakistan final

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

"It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final", Hussey explained. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.

"Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he reveals how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies.

The India vs. Pakistan ICC Final gets started at 5:30 a.m. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the semifinals because of a back spasm, will play.

Batting conditions should be excellent and we could be in for a classic. Each one of them has scored over 250 runs in the tournament so far, with Dhawan and Rohit being the top two run-getters with 317 and 304 runs respectively. If the risky left-hander gets into his stride, Pakistan could be in some trouble.

The skipper also expressed satisfaction with Pakistan's middle-order batting line-up, which, he said, is now in form after the match against England.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

After opener Shikhar Dhawan got out at his individual score of 46, Sharma and Kohli shared an unbeaten 187-run partnership to help India cross the line, that too easily.

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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur: "They've [his team] been outstanding, the way they've prepared, the way they dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston [against India], was wonderful. And the guys have played really well".

India skipper Kohli: "I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament". "But I can tell you one thing-we have come to win", the former all-rounder, who spent several seasons with Oval-based Surrey, added ahead of Pakistan's first match of the tournament at the ground. Everyone is aware of the talent they have - they can beat any side in the world.

One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.

This will be the fifth time India and Pakistan will have a face off in the Champions Trophy; the record is now balanced with two victories each.

The neighboring nations will meet in Sunday's final of the ICC Champions Trophy in what will be one of the most-watched matches in world history.

All logic points to an Indian victory but nomadic Pakistan are never more risky than when they "cornered" and could provide a final twist to a tournament that has been blighted by bad weather and one-sided games.

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