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

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli bats during the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli bats during the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham

Pakistan in an ICC league final is cricket's governing body's dream-case scenario just that it will be played out in real as Virat Kohli and Co square off against arch-rivals Sarfraz Ahmed's unit at The Oval in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final in London on Sunday.

Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: "It's just another game of cricket".

Virat Kohli said India will be neither intimidated nor arrogant when they face Pakistan in Sunday's Champions Trophy final despite the widely held expectation his players will be the ones donning the International Cricket Council's natty white blazers come the end of the blockbuster encounter.

Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumhrah had overstepped.

Earlier, Kohli had said that the Group Stage game would not have any relevance in what he expects to be a very exciting summit clash. Confident skipper vowed to put a good score on the board saying hopefully we can post more than 300.

"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been incredible for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", Kohli said.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through". We play to win every match.

At the start of the competition, Pakistan found themselves heavily defeated by Team India.

Title-holders India boast a powerful top order including star batsman Kohli but the skipper, explaining his decision to field at a sun-drenched Oval, said: "We will try and exploit the even grass and it is better to bowl first". And yet a fortnight later the two teams meet again, this time in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Hasan has been superbly supported by the likes of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir but today will mark an acid test for a bowling attack that has razed all comers into the ground since that defeat to India.

"It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us".

"The final overs usually involve a lot of pressure and especially if you are playing against India".

But their coach, Mickey Arthur, would be not satisfied with second place, having been buoyed by the nature of their resurgent campaign and the emerging talents of Hasan and Fakhar.

"It has been an up and down ride".

"But the thing about that loss to India was we knew that was an aberration".

In this buildup, Arthur said they've focused much less on India and more on reinforcing what they do well.

Arthur said the focus now shifts to 2019 World Cup. "We are going to create some depth so that we can come here in 2019 and give it a shake".

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