Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'Virat Kohli Smashes Pakistan', Fans Sing Ahead Of Final Clash

'Virat Kohli Smashes Pakistan', Fans Sing Ahead Of Final Clash

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.

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.

In light of today being Father's day alongside the India-Pakistan final, Amul decided that they would not be left behind on the jab-taking.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team's bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up.

"The final overs usually involve a lot of pressure and especially if you are playing against India". This is happening after a long time and the chaos around the match is more than obvious.

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That was until Azhar was run out after a awful mix up but Fakhar put that behind him kicking on to score his maiden ODI hundred. Claiming Dhawan and Sharma's wicket early will go a long way to giving Pakistan a sniff at the title.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.That was an aberration. Pakistan is good with bowling", said a fan from Bhopal.

Amir (three wickets for 16 runs), still winning his sport over again after his criminal role in the 2010 spot-fixing saga enacted seven years ago and just a handful of miles away at Lord's, then reduced India to 33 for three - a perilous situation from which the overwhelming favourites were unable to recover, despite some astounding hitting from number seven Hardik Pandya (76). The match between the two sides is always special. India will play with the same team that played the last game against Bangladesh.

On Wednesday, they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff.

The cricket fans, not only from India and Pakistan, but across the globe had marked their calendar for June 4 when the two arch-rivals met each other for the first time since T20 World Cup in 2016. "Some teams might not have the best starts, but come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done", Kohli said on the eve of the much-anticipated, high octane clash.

"Pakistan has surprised everyone in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after being ranked eighth coming into the tournament, and was well and truly beaten in its first match against India".

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