World game's biggest match to decide Champions Trophy title

Pakistani pacers have managed to subdue the rival batsmen en route to the Champions Trophy final but Gautam Gambhir does not see them posing any serious threat to Indian batsmen in the title clash tomorrow.

A lone loss to Sri Lanka apart, India have been in commanding form.

Fakhar Zaman was only a year old when Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar had raced away to a sizzling 84-run opening stand as Pakistan responded strongly to India's 287 in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal in Bangalore.

Pakistan have already "closed the chapter" on their trouncing by India in the group stages of the Champions Trophy and intend to prove the point in the final, according to coach Mickey Arthur.

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.

"I know there are expectations, I know there are people that expect the team and me to do well every time we play". However, the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 clocked a cumulative reach of around 411 million.

Everything comes to a standstill when India and Pakistan are involved in a cricket match. Toss will take place 30 mins prior to the beginning of the clash. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.

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But Kohli was adamant that he valued the all-round balance Pandya offers and suggested that, if India continued to invest in him, they would be rewarded with "a match-winning performance" in a "crisis". "Before the Edgbaston game I thought they were really, really calm, but they're very, very excited now, and there's a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room".

Spinner R Ashwin replaced Yadav in the team after first two matches in the group stage.

With Pakistan's front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs.

Team India are on of the strongest sides in world cricket.

"The belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team and regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes". "We've got to try and get into them", Arthur told cricket.com.au.

The cricket fans, not only from India and Pakistan, but across the globe had marked their calendar for June 4 when the two arch-rivals met each other for the first time since T20 World Cup in 2016.

"I am surprised. On their day they can be very good and they can be very bad".

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