India win toss, elect to field

Joanna Estrada
June 19, 2017

"Mohammad Amir is fit and he is back." says Sarfraz Ahmed. We have practised the same way from the first day we came here.

He would have been run out for one if Kedar Jadhav s throw from cover had hit and he was caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball on three. As the pressure rose, the skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, played an inspirational innings to put his team through to the semi-final stage. They've been outstanding, the way they've prepared, the way they dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston, was unbelievable. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

"When a guy like Azhar Ali, who is a conventional batsman, plays his shots, you can still have a plan". One that would define Sarfraz's team in ways analogous to Imran's. They've come in with no fear of failure. He's already made one good move in the past 24 hours, entrusting his baby son to his opposite number with the gloves, MS Dhoni. I also want to give credit to my bowlers. Hopefully we can post more than 300. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well.

The second most-watched ICC match was India vs Pakistan match in 2011 World Cup Semi Final as it got viewership of 495 million. This is a much bigger occasion; it's the final. Two spinners together did a good job for us. The guys are under no illusion as to what the expectation is on them, but they're genuinely excited.

MICKEY ARTHUR: What we've tried to do is just prepare as we normally prepare. "I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more", the captain said. "Therefore, if everything is going right. something is wrong". They're playing some brilliant cricket.

India was the lopsided 4-9 favorite by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game.That was an aberration". We're now moving forward. So this is a part of being an Indian cricketer and then having performed for a few years obviously expectations go up. "No matter what they bring, we are believing in our abilities", Kohli said. They batted really well today. We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. He got there largely unchallenged in the 31st over with Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadeja all hemorrhaging runs. He, however, scored a fantastic 52-ball 63 against Sri Lanka; albeit for a losing cause.

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