India win toss, elect to field

Pakistan mindset better for CT final after India loss Arthur

India and Pakistan face off in dream cricket final

Fakhar Zaman rode his luck for a spellbinding maiden one-day worldwide hundred as Pakistan set title-holders India a tournament record run chase to retain the Champions Trophy at The Oval.

It will be a bandh-like atmosphere post 3 pm in India and Pakistan tomorrow as the arch rivals will take on each other in the ICC Champions Trophy final to be held at The Oval in London.

What a fine start this is for Pakistan! .

Probed whether the advantage of thrashing Pakistan by 124 runs in the tournament opener will be on their minds when they take the field on Sunday, Kohli replied in the negative. India need a breakthrough and need it real quick. However, rumours have never been any credible evidence, but the fact remains that during that period, a match between India and Pakistan in the final definitely would have been a pressure situation for all, the teams, fans, and governments included.

Fifty up for Pakistan! .

However, in a complete mix up, Ali got run out at his individual score of 59.

OH DEAR BUMRAH! What drama!

The match had an electrifying start as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Fakhar Zaman off a no-ball early in the innings. In fact, lot of times both teams have faced each other in finals, Asia Cup and ICC T20 World Cup included.

He was out for zero chasing a wide delivery outside off stump in the match against Sri Lanka, and in the next game, against South Africa, he was appreciating himself after successfully executing a glide to the rope, something he tried and failed against Lanka.

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Even before the tournament, India seemed like full-strength squad, and numerous cricket experts were backing India to reach the semifinal. The game ended in a comprehensive 8 wicket win for India in the final to crown them winners of the B&H World Champions. The match between the two sides is always special.

Star South African batsman A B de Villiers today heaped praise on Virat Kohli, describing him as "a consummate surgeon at the crease" who is able to cope with extreme pressure that is associated with leading a top side like India.

The Indian bowlers, too, have improved in the last couple of years, with them having a stroing pace attack, consisting of Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, despite this, he should be fit to play.

"I think we have got a great chance to restore our pride in the final because of the way we lost the first match to India", he said.

The Men in Green though, has had a tournament plagued with injuries.

Zaman, who made his debut in the tournament, continued his dream run as he scored his first ODI hundred.

Azhar hoped bowling spearhead Mohammad Amir will recover for Sunday's final.

It will be all to play for when the Asian heavyweights take centre-stage at The Oval with a common goal for clinching the Champions Trophy.

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