“Advantage India for me. A very big toss. Short boundaries, hard pitch, quick outfield.”
“Very proud of my boys, we were number eight ranked when we came here and here we are in the final.
“I would have bowled but we hope to bat well and set 300.”
India win the toss they will bowl
“We like to be in control with the chase. We prefer chasing. One more effort. We think the pitch will stay the same all day and we think that there might be some grass for the bowlers early on.”
India are unchanged.
Passion, pressure, expectation
Athers: “400 or 500 million watching today. When they played earlier in the tournament there were 210million in India alone!”
I hope Pakistan deliver
I expect India will.
Here’s Virat in the meanwhile.
Virat Kohli will tell his team to be neither arrogant nor “intimidated” in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final at the Ovalwhich will bring the sub-continent to a standstill.
The television audience for the match is tipped to break all records as the two countries meet for the first time in a global final.
The match will be decided by which team handles the pressure most calmly and India’s track record suggests they have the coolest heads. Their record is 13 wins and two losses against Pakistan in global tournaments including the World Cup semi-final in Mohali in 2011, the last time the two sides met in a knock-out match.
Team news and the toss coming up
The best batting side in the tournament against arguably the best bowling attack.
Good morning sports fans
What a match! How exciting. Cricket doesn’t get bigger than this, does it? India v Pakistan, a world final. And, it gives me great pleasure to relate, a glorious day in London.
What is it?
It’s the final of the Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan, who knocked England out this week, face fierce rivals India, who overcame Bangladesh in comprehensive fashion on Thursday.
When is it?
Sunday June 18.
Where is it?
The Oval, in London.
What time will it start?
The toss will be shortly after 10am, and the first ball will be bowled at 10.30am.
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