Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final

Posted June 18, 2017

Pakistan, decimated by India in their first league game, came back strongly defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka to make it to the semis and then punished an errant England to make it to their maiden Champions Trophy final.

This is India, though, and Pakistan will have to banish the demons of defeats past: in the last six matches in ICC events, it is India which has triumphed. "This is a part of being an Indian cricketer, you have to find a way to deal with it".

Sarfaraz Ahmed has vowed to continue playing "attacking and positive" cricket in tomorrow's Champions Trophy final against India.

Like Pakistan, India has tried to treat the final as just another game.

Today's showpiece match at the Oval in London is a 24,500 sell-out, with millions more around the world expected to watch the high-profile match.

Of course, this being a final and considering the opponents are India, there will be pressure on Pakistan, but not quite as much as on Virat Kohli's men.

"If I talk fair than yes India at this time has a better team and more depth but I always believe that in a big match it is the moment that matters", he said.

"History can change, and I hope we can (change it)".

Imran also advised Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed to avoid putting India into bat first if he won the toss in the final.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir is fit to play again, and will once again be key to their hopes.

"It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final", Hussey explained.

"The India game was an aberration", he said. "But I can tell you one thing - we have come to win". Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after. But we've closed the chapter on that. So if you are thinking we are three down and I might get out, then you will get out. Hasan Ali is the top wicket taker in the Champions Trophy and Amir is back to being his best. Except for that brief hiccup against Sri Lanka, they have booked their berths with a dominance not usually seen in world cricket. Their strength was their bowling, and the ability to take wickets, especially through the middle overs when teams consolidate.

Against England, they demonstrated that they could get the ball to reverse swing early, and on a grippy Cardiff surface knocked the host out.

"Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he reveals how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies.

"The turnaround has been magnificent", he said. "Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket and credit to them, they've turned around things for themselves really well". "As I said, it's just another game of cricket".

What seems to be working for India is the batting prowess of their top three - Shikhar Dhawan (317), Rohit Sharma (304) and Virat Kohli (253).