Kohli turns off social media ahead of Pakistan clash

The stage is once again set for the game that always brings the two nations to a standstill, as the fierce arch rivals India and Pakistan clash in the Champion Trophy final on Sunday at The Oval, London.

India defeated Bangladesh in the semi-final to reach the final. They are, in this match, up against a side who have lost just one wicket in the first Powerplay all tournament and who have posted four century stands between them.

"What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have", Kohli said. "You (Sarfaraz) have done nothing special, this match was won for you, we all know how things work". "We are excited to be playing in the final and we'll treat this as any other knockout game", Sarfraz said.

India have already beaten Pakistan in the ongoing tournament during the preliminary stage.

Weather gods will too remain a spectator paving way for a full-fledged match. A ideal example of this was shown by former India captain MS Dhoni who shared a frame with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's son, Abdullah on Saturday ahead of Champions Trophy title clash. Fakhar Zaman finds the boundaries easily, while Azhar Ali stays strong, putting any bad ball away. It's nearly as if providence has been at play to provide a dream finale to the Champions Trophy.The sense of anticipation for this clash has grown exponentially after India's resounding win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final and there is little doubt that cricket fever will reach a crescendo in the sub-continent on Sunday.

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Ten years later, here we are. But it will not be a one-sided final and there will be a fine contest between India and Pakistan. The first is that, while Pakistan's attack has taken more wickets than any other team in the competition - 31 - they have taken very few - just two - in the first Powerplay.

India are cricket royalty, and they will face all the pressure on Sunday. Kohli also boasts the tournament's best batting average - a scarcely believable 253 - since the only time he has gotten out in the entire tournament has been when he was dismissed on zero against Sri Lanka.

All said and done, there is no doubt that it will be a cracker of a final, with Pakistan bolstered by the return of Mohd Amir who missed the semi-final against England. They told me how proud they were of our 2007 T20 World Cup win.

With Pakistan's front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs. I played against Sarfraz in Dubai three years ago and even though he wasn't the Pakistan captain then, he was quite an aggressive player and showed those attacking instincts.

Unafraid to go round the wicket, Hasan took three for 35 - all top-order wickets - against a powerful batting line-up as England slumped to 211 all out. Well, they're very, very excited now.

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