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.
Allied to the high fielding standards is an aggressive approach that sees India, more often than not, place more fielders within the ring than they are mandated to. “Some teams might not have the best starts, but come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done”, Kohli said on the eve of the much-anticipated, high octane clash. I hope the Indian team win. With a comfortable win looming and 12 overs to space, the commentary team turned its attention to the various permutations and combinations that would allow the Indian captain to get to that landmark – all of which involved his partner Rohit Sharma dead-batting everything from then on. “But I can tell you one thing – we have come to win”.
“I am really impressed to see that Sarfraz has turned out to be such a bold captain”, Imran said. You can’t afford to dwell on any bad moments of enjoy the good ones for too long. In their opening match of the tournament, India outplayed Pakistan in all three departments of the game and registered a thumping win. In the previous matches between India and Pakistan, most of the matches are won by India.
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The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side has depended on their bowlers to deliver the goods and despite the absence of prime bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the latter half, have not suffered.
Miandad gave a 50-50 chance to both teams to winning the final.
India after victory against Pakistan, lost to Sri Lanka.
India made no changes to the team that trounced Bangladesh in the semi-final while fit-again Mohammad Amir made a comeback to the Pakistan team.
On June 4 at Edgbaston, India blew away Pakistan by 124 runs in a group match.