Arthur confident India 'aberration' behind Pakistan

Kohli's own performances at the Champions Trophy have seen him return to the top of the one-day global batting rankings.

Virat Kohli admitted the Indian team craves such big-match situations all the while insisting that Sunday's final against Pakistan is "just another game" for his team.

"Yes, its a dream game for not only both the teams but also for the billions of fans and advertisers as well as organizers", said Azhar.

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

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In disputed Kashmir , claimed by both India and Pakistan , the cricket tournament has already caused discord. Imran tweeted the team a good luck message to his 5.5m followers.

Then, Junaid Khan almost picks up Kohli as well, inducing the outside edge of the India captain with a ball that was slanted across, but Babar Azam, in the slips, drops the catch, failing to hold on, moving to his right. The fielding was sloppy, the bowling didn't stick to the game plan, and the batsmen didn't run well between the wickets. Their strength was their bowling, and the ability to take wickets, especially through the middle overs when teams consolidate.

Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar at training.

Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if "Law of Averages" catches up with them. "They've come in with no fear of failure", said Arthur. They defeated strong sides like South Africa, Sri Lanka and England in the semi-final. Then they crushed England in the semifinals, and the least surprised was Arthur, who didn't hide his emotions in the stands.

"Pakistan have bowled really well since the first game against India". "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. But we've closed the chapter on that. Here is the latest ICC Final matchup preview including cricket odds, start time, and how to watch it live streaming online this Sunday.

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In all ICC tournaments including the ODI World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20, the sub-continental rivals have met 15 times with India emerging victorious on 12 occasions. It could make history at The Oval.

"That's how this game goes, and that's the beauty of this game", said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India's performance. "We've practiced the same way from the first day we came here". Even today's practice was nothing extra. There's no overexcitement. People are just doing the normal things that they do in any practice session. "That's how we want to play and I think that's how you have to play one-day cricket now", he added. "I honestly don't think of those things when I step on to the field".

Wayward with the ball, sloppy with the bat and calamitous in the field; Sarfraz Ahmed's side looked like anything but a team that would share the final stage with the defending champions.

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.

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