US Embassy wish Pakistan best of luck for Champions Trophy final

US Embassy wish Pakistan best of luck for Champions Trophy final

On June 18, all streets of India and Pakistan will be empty as the most awaited match of the decade will be played at 3:00 PM (IST). From then on, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side beat Sri Lanka in a do-or-die clash following it up with a semi-final triumph over fancied England to storm into the final. It bounced back by surprising mighty South Africa and Sri Lanka before pulling the biggest stunner of all.

Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar had tweeted: "we are already proud of you Pak team so go out there enjoy & be positive". A forerunner of the Champions Trophy, the seven-team tournament featuring all of the then-Test playing was organised by the Victorian Cricket Association. India have won four of the last five but they have never faced each other in an ICC 50-over final, not even in the days of a four-team Asia Cup.

A 30-second spot during the final to be broadcast by Rupert Murdoch's Star Sports is expected to cost almost 10 million rupees ($155,267), far higher than the 1 million rupees that advertisers pay on average for most Indian shows, said a person involved in buying ads. Pakistan have won just one of their past eight matches against their biggest cricketing enemy and haven't beaten them at a major global tournament since the 2009 Champions Trophy. We've trained the same way.

"I think it's about conditions and match situations". It was exactly two weeks back that Virat Kohli's Team India thrashed Pakistan in the tournament opener at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident the win over Eoin Morgan's men can be the springboard to lifting the trophy.

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"I think the game is between two teams, two countries and not individuals".

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Pakistan lost to India in their first game only to ride their luck and win against South Africa.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final. Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them (Pakistan), they've turned things around for themselves really well.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez had been involved in a 44-run stand for Pakistan in the high-octane semi-final clash against India in Mohali.

Not many treat an India vs Pakistan match as a game, it's more like war where you can't lose.

India, however, does have an upper hand since Pakistan usually is on the losing side against India in ICC tournaments.

Viewers in the United States can watch the India vs. Pakistan cricket match on the subscription channel Willow. Fakhar Zaman was the star of the show with a brilliant hundred while Mohammad Amir did the damage with the ball.

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