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Fans cheer ahead of Ind vs Pak Champions Trophy final

Last time, it was in 2007 when India and Pakistan had battled for a major ICC trophy and it was MS Dhoni and his men who had walked out of the park with a smile on their faces.The Pakistani attack, comprising the likes of Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali, has gone from strength to strength. I know after the first game everyone wasn’t happy, but the boys have lifted themselves and after that we’ve brought the smiles back to the nation.Despite initial concerns, Virat Kohli and co comprehensively beat Bangladesh to reach the Champions Trophy 2017 finals.The final match is scheduled to be played at The Oval on Sunday at 02:30 PM (PST). “Indian team is the best in the world and we are all proud of them, we will win surely”, said Mehboob Hasan. The pacer has picked ten wickets and has led Pakistan’s revival. “We are playing our best cricket at the best time of the tournament”.”Barring one match (against Sri Lanka) India have done well in every department and they are the overall favourites”.After Pakistan was thrashed by India by 124 runs two weeks ago, coach Mickey Arthur blamed “the magnitude of the occasion” for the fear his side showed.”I think the game is between two teams, two countries and not individuals”.All logic points to an Indian victory but nomadic Pakistan are never more unsafe than when they “cornered” and could provide a final twist to a tournament that has been blighted by bad weather and one-sided games. The average first-innings score here since the 2015 World Cup is 293; 300-plus scores are far more frequent there than at Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens. ‘But I don’t think we’ve exceeded expectations at all. 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. “But at the moment I will have to give an edge to India, their batting line up is quite stronger”, Tait told PTI in an interaction here. If the sun is out, wicket is flat and you are chasing a big target, then you may go all out in power play.”I don’t take extra pressure thinking about who is bowling and how is he bowling”.Sohail was himself at the heart of the match-fixing scandal that rocked Pakistan cricket in the late 1990s. It’s just another game of cricket tomorrow, and whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after that.Inndia’s current skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said the final of the ICC Champions Trophy is expected to be a “well-contested” game.