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Champions Trophy final: India to field first against Pakistan

18 Juin 2017

However, when a picture surfaced of former India skipper MSDhoni holding the baby of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in his arms on Saturday, the moment was more than an adorable one and it took social media by storm.

I don't see any relevance of the first game in the final.

"Everyone is aware of the kind of talent Pakistan have in their team".

A source told The Asian Age, "Ever since modern technology has kicked in, people have stopped using personal bookies and started placing their bets online".

"Sri Lanka batted exceptionally well there".

Following the defeat against India, Pakistan had managed to bounce back in the tournament and hammered South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stage before defeating favourites England in the semi-final to book their place in the final.

Arthur expressed his satisfaction at the team's performance in the middle overs of the game and added that it seems to be the right path to take.

No team has the guarantee to win.

It's a dream final for both fans and cricketers alike. "Some teams start off confidently but they fail later while some might not have the best starts but they come back amazingly which Pakistan has done", he said. "We are going to create some depth so that we can come here in 2019 and give it a shake". There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra.

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

While that is one aspect of his batting, the Indian captain is not a firm believer of doing too much of homework which can make someone a bit less flexible.

"You can't think of those things when you step on to the field", said Kohli.

"We are not looking to change too many things".

Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday´s semi-final at Birmingham´s Edgbaston. "No matter what they bring, we are believing in our abilities".

"We are a young team and are very excited and motivated for the game", Sarfaraz said, responding to an Indian journalist's question regarding emotions ahead of the game. We don't want to look at the stats and the history.

"Our execution has been great and we've attacked", Arthur said. That is how many Indians will be hoping he can power them to victory in what will be a heated atmosphere.

SQUAD - Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik.

Champions Trophy final: India to field first against Pakistan