Champions Trophy final: India vs Pakistan — Here’s everything you need to know about the arch-rivals

After being badly bruised against India in their opening group stage match at Edgbaston, Pakistan will be out for revenge on Sunday when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval. 

 

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    Led by Virat Kohli, India will be playing their fourth Champions Trophy final while Pakistan, having already lost to India in the league matches, their first-ever tournament decider.

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    Coming at time when political relations between the neighbouring nations has been volatile, the cricket buffs from across the globe are waiting with bated breath for the Sunday's titular clash.

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    The group stage match between the arch-rivals on June 4 became the highest rated One-day International (ODI) match in Broadcast Audience Research Council's (BARC) history.

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    In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target.

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    Shikhar Dhawan with 317 runs from four innings currently is the top scorer followed by Sharma who has notched up 304 runs.

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    Pakistan have tightened their attack after their first match against India and are confident that Hassan Ali, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 10 wickets, can control the game.

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    For Pakistan Mohammad Amir will return to the squad, as a result promising Rumman Raees, who had such a good game against England will have to sit out.

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    Skipper Virat Kohli hinted at playing the same combination in their quest for defending the title.

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    Despite all-rounder Hardik Pandya getting belted by Bangladesh in semis, Kohli backed the youngster's inclusion, terming him as a "complete package".

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    Kohli also gave an insight of how he prepares for a big match but pointed out that no player can dominate or fail against any rival everyday.

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    India will go into the final with a 14-2 winning record against the Green Brigade in all major International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments.