Champions Trophy: India, Pak gear up for 'mother of all finals'


What a difference two weeks have made, though, Fakhar delivering at every attempt after being brought in for his debut at the age of 27 and Amir's pace and swing proving too good here for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - who could add only 26 runs between them to the 895 they had made over the previous four matches.

United States Consulate General Karachi posted a video in which Ambassador David Hale and staff of US Embassy Islamabad wish Pakistan best of luck for their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against India, Samaa reported.

Finally, India gets a breakthrough.

Vadodara: Ahead of much-anticipated, high octane Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has declared the clash between the two Asian arch-rival bigger than the Ashes series. Matches between the two old rivals is never a tiresome one with the adrenaline hitting record highs every time.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

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The second most-watched ICC match was India vs Pakistan match in 2011 World Cup Semi Final as it got viewership of 495 million.

However, it would not be an easy one for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.

· Pakistan have lost seven of their nine previous matches at the Oval in ODI cricket (W2) whilst India have alternated between victory and defeat across their last six ODI outings there; they beat South Africa at the famous London venue last time out. The lawyers also welcomed this decision by Pakistan Justice Party. He replaces Rumman Raees. However, India's middle-order batting has not been tested so far.

The bowling department for India under the likes of pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have looked solid bowling economically while providing clinical breakthroughs. It not only helped fanatics tone down their aggression but also ensured that a sport has no boundaries whatsoever.