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Champions Trophy: London all set to host Pakistan-India mega final

In the pre-match press conference Arthur said that the loss to India in the group stages was “an aberration” there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket’s most high-profile contest takes place in London. For Pakistan, who lost to India in their tournament opener, this is the first entry into the finals of the coveted 50-overs tournament.Kohli insist the Pakistan side who broke England’s hearts in a crushing semi-final victory are more unsafe than the team India beat at Edgbaston in the group stage.- If Dhawan makes a half-century, he will have done so more than any other batsman in the Champions Trophy (he now has six).All logic points to an Indian victory but nomadic Pakistan are never more risky than when they “cornered” and could provide a final twist to a tournament that has been blighted by bad weather and one-sided games.”Sri Lanka batted exceptionally well there”. India have some wonderful batsmen in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, and the trio has scored quality runs in the competition so far.”Honestly, I know it sounds amusing but it is so important to stay away from those things”.Pakistan received a boost on Saturday when Mohammad Amir, who missed their shock semi-final win over England with back spasms, took a full part in training and was passed fit.Kohli will be cast centre stage as India captain in front of a mere 24,500 sell-out crowd at The Oval, and his primary task will be to keep his composure at the crease and in the field as the overwhelming favourites bid to retain their title. You know, he can give you a match-winning performance in any game that he plays, and hes a gun fielder as well.The best thing about the current Indian team is that their bowlers have it in them to win matches on their own, which was missing in the past.As the playing conditions and umpiring decisions change in cricket, self-confidence is of prime importance for the player. While his deputy, Rumman Raees, stood up with two wickets on debut, the senior left-armer will slot back in for what is expected to be a run and sun-soaked Oval pitch at the expense of Raees unless the 18-year-old leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, makes way. Cricketers from both the nations have opened up on India TV’s show Aap Ki Adalat and have talked about the sentiments which run high on the pitch during these high-voltage matches.One can expect a cracker of a game on Sunday with the two arch-rivals facing each other for the second time in the tournament. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.”If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament”, he told his players.But Arthur believes the team is much better than it was two weeks ago.