Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Virat Kohli wary of being favourites but says India will cope with pressure

Virat Kohli wary of being favourites but says India will cope with pressure

Markets, roads and transport in Srinagar had shut much before the match started between the two arch rivals.

According to Tait, who clinched 62 wickets in 35 ODIs during his career, India skipper Virat Kohli "might be tempted to play Umesh Yadav, but he would (probably) stick to the same combination because it was a winning team".

"I am sure Pakistan will get additional inspiration and motivation from its past successes in this event and will aim to extend its run come Sunday." the 42-year-old said.

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was seen in a picture holding Pakistani team Captain Sarfaraz's little cute son Abdullah. They have played some good cricket at the right time.

"The biggest thing is to stay off social media".

With the win, the Men in Blue have entered their fourth Champions Trophy final (twice in 2002, 2013 and 2017). It's just another game of cricket tomorrow, and whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after that. It's a sight to behold!

He added that India's performance was analysed after the earlier game and the team will concentrate on what it can do well.

"So far he's been really good in the tournament. So we've got to try and put them under extreme pressure particularly by knocking their top order over", he added.

Pakistan succumbed to a thumping defeat at the hands of the defending champions India in their opening game, but then proceeded to beat number one-ranked side South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages before their eight-wicket victory over England to reach Sunday's final at The Oval.

"If you are thinking "we are three down and I might get out", then you will get out", he said.

But Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world's leading eight one-day global nations, bounced back to beat top-seeded South Africa and then held their nerve in a tense virtual quarter-final with Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.

"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", explained Arthur.

"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions. We have changed nothing from the first day we came here, honestly", Kohli opined. This is particularly true of Pakistan with Hasan Ali firing away in these overs.

Pakistan lost to India in their first game only to ride their luck and win against South Africa. The players have been outstanding, the way they've prepared and the way they dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating [by India] at Edgbaston, was wonderful.

Speaking on the eve of the encounter which is expected to draw in 300 million television viewers in India alone, Kohli remained wary of his side's status as favourites in the match.

"As I said last time, it's just another game of cricket".

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