Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Ahead of the high tension Champions Trophy 2017 final between rivals India and Pakistan, former Indian captain MS Dhoni got clicked with Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed's baby son. "But I can tell you one thing - we have come to win". There is no reason for you (Sarfraz) to rejoice.

The Paisley-based playcaller added: "We know where we need to improve and we will".

"If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God has won them the games".

However, the Pakistan team's impressive turnaround has left Sohail unimpressed and he asserted that "external factors" helped them to reach the final.

"The boys now need to be level-headed and focussed on playing good cricket". The question then arises: Why would you send India's most experienced players to the Caribbean for a short series as opposed to resting them for the Sri Lanka tour?

Chasing a paltry score of 212, Pakistan crossed the line for the loss of two wickets and 12.5 overs to spare.

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The ongoing tournament, which has now reached the final stage, is with an Asian domination with India and Pakistan both being previous winners of the cup.

"Though the team is ranked below us, we don't want to take them lightly".

The match will be shown live in India on Star Sports 2, with live streaming on Hotstar.

It is being speculated that around 2000 crore is going to be wagered on the India vs Pakistan match in the Champions Trophy final according to estimates by the AIGF. I feel its very scary.

Talking about cricket, after a defeat against India in the group stage match, Pakistan team has come back strong and won all the matches so far.

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.

  • Tabitha Byrd