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India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final

India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final”

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has said that the team is feeling confident and excited ahead of the blockbuster Champions Trophy 2017 final on Sunday.

They last played a bilateral series in 2012-13, when Pakistan toured India for two Twenty20 games and three one-day internationals.

Having been spared all but certain elimination when rain washed out their match with Australia, the Tigers got to the knockout phase with just one win, albeit their defeat of New Zealand was a well-deserved success.

So you are asking that it's another game, but I think players have to take it easily and have to think the next tour is coming up, South Africa - or no, maybe Australia is coming up, so we have to get ready for it. "Both have played good cricket in the tournament so far and I wish both teams good luck". That middle-order hasn't had massive hits, they haven't batted much under pressure of late. It was Indian captain's turn to reach a landmark as he became the fastest to score 8000 runs in ODI cricket (175 innings), beating AB de Villiers' record by 7 innings. If you do the right thing, we will appreciate you. We are not going to take anything for granted for sure.

Unless Bangladesh was able to repeat its superb performance of theICC Cricket World Cup 2007 displayed at Port of Spain, where it had thrown India out of the tournament in the initial round, India's win of Thursday was nearly certain.

"It wouldn't be a shock if we win".

Twenty20, pioneered as a professional sport in the English county game, was still in its global infancy a decade ago, when Johannesburg hosted the 2007 World Twenty20 final, with many players inclined to treat it as just a bit of fun compared to the more serious business of one-day internationals and Test matches.

While India is all set to take on Pakistan after defeating Bangladesh in semi-finals, Pakistan has chose to opt out from the mega event citing safety issues as their major area of concern.

It has always been India's batting versus Pakistan's bowling as historically, the Men in Green have had had a formidable bowling unit.

"Victory will mean a massive amount to them".

They have made habit of thriving in adversity over the years and Sarfraz said he never lost faith, despite the heavy defeat to India. We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage. The focus after tomorrow will definitely be the 2019 World Cup.

But the tour de force of Pakistan bowling has been Hasan Ali. "I think anyone can replace anyone". They have come in with fear of failure. We played some silly shots.

"Well, they were outstanding".

"We expect the viewership will be easily doubled on Sunday", Niaz said. His comment that there was an agenda or an external factor behind Pakistan making it to the final, is false and baseless.

"I would like to thank all the Pakistani fans on social media for the tremendous support that they have been providing us throughout the tournament".



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