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Kohli calm ahead of India-Pakistan final

Fakhar Zaman capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals India at The Oval on Sunday. He was lbw by Muhammad Amir in the first over.Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman built a 128-run partnership. He scored 22 runs.Leg spinner Shadab Khan picked up the wickets of KM Jadhav and Yuvraj Sindh while Hasan Ali got the wicket of Dhoni.Just two weeks ago, Pakistan were at a low ebb after crashing to a humiliating 124-run defeat against India in the group stage. This was India’s seventh wicket for 152 runs.”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“.Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes his team has got no other option but to attack the Indian batters in order to give themselves the best possible chance to win.”It won’t happen every time, but eight out of 10 times it will end up happening because you’re so convinced about it”. Experts feel that today’s final is going to be a battle between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling, especially in the middle overs.The game appeared to be taking a predictable turn when Bumrah seemed to have nicked Fakhar to the keeper in the fourth over. However, the delivery was referred upstairs and Bumrah was found overstepping the crease. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have come a long way, when looking back to four years back, and both of them have had a successful tournament.It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase – in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.This week also saw the 28-year-old Kohli become the fastest man to score 8,000 ODI runs, reaching the landmark in 175 innings – seven fewer than South Africa star AB de Villiers’s 182.The left-handed batsman had previously scored two half-centuries and 31 in the tournament and he is the only second Pakistan batsman after Majid Khan to go past 50-run mark consecutively for the third time in an ICC tournament. From then on, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side beat Sri Lanka in a do-or-die clash following it up with a semi-final triumph over fancied England to storm into the final.In Champions Trophy history 2013 has been the only edition in which the team batting first won the final.After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century. Kohli made only 5 runs.