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Champions Trophy final: Virat Kohli calm ahead of India-Pakistan final

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Updated: 07:30 GMT, Jun 18, 2017 | Published: 07:25 GMT, Jun 18, 2017 |
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Indian team captain Virat Kohli said his side was neither intimidated nor arrogant going into the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. The 28-year-old played down the importance of a group win against a Pakistan side who have since defeated top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka in pool play before thrashing previously unbeaten tournament hosts England by eight wickets in the semi-finals.

“On their day they can beat any side in the world,” said Kohli of Sarfraz Ahmed’s side. “That’s the kind of players they have, we’re quite aware of that,” added Kohli, with India hammering Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday’s second semi-final at Edgbaston.

“But, at the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing.” Kohli said staying “close to reality” was the best way to carry the hopes of a cricket-crazy nation heading into a Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Today’s showpiece match at the Oval in London is a 24,500 sell-out, with millions more around the world expected to watch the high-profile match.