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India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy final: Why Virat Kohli didn't play hockey

India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy final: Why Virat Kohli didn't play hockey

"Some teams might not have the best starts and come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done", Kohli said on the eve of the much-anticipated, high octane clash.

Kohli does not want his side to be "over excited" before the summit showdown while Sarfraz admitted that his team is "excited and motivated to perform well". India trounced their arch-rivals by 124 runs in the opening game at Birmingham and then lost to Sri Lanka in their very next match. "They have showed faith in us and we would like them to support us during the final too", the soft-spoken Pakistan skipper said in a hurried tone.

India and Pakistan have not played any bilateral cricket since 2007.

Sadly, much of the fun has been lost in transition: India have become nearly invincible and Pakistan seem habituated to humiliation.

Though they're the favorites to win, Indian captain Virat Kohli has been quick to not underestimate a resurgent Pakistani side. In ICC tournaments, India and Pakistan had first met in the Benson and Hedges World Championship 1985 (popularly called as mini-World Cup) where Sunil Gavaskar-led Indian team had won the final by 8 wickets.

India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of tomorrow's final at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2017 in London, England.

"The India game was an aberration", he said. "We've practiced the same way from the first day we came here. We're moving forward. And the guys have played exactly as I thought they would play".

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Left-armer Amir missed the semi-final win over England after suffering a back spasm in the warm-up.

'At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing'. The neighbours from the other side of the border has just two things to bank on... the law of averages and if luck helps them and the Indian batting suffers a meltdown.

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have", said Kohli. Imran tweeted the team a good luck message to his 5.5m followers.

He was out for zero chasing a wide delivery outside off stump in the match against Sri Lanka, and in the next game, against South Africa, he was appreciating himself after successfully executing a glide to the rope, something he tried and failed against Lanka.

Just like the other matches of this edition, the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan will begin at 3:00 PM IST.

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.