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India vs Pakistan Final Match, Live Cricket Score: Unchanged India bowl, Amir back for Pakistan

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Hello and Welcome to our live coverage of the final of the ICC Champions Trophy between India and Pakistan at the Oval.

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14.57 IST: Both teams are on the field for the national anthems. But before that a moments silence will be observed for the tragic events which took place in London before this tournament started.

14.50 IST: Virat Kohli called it right at the toss as India were always looking to chase in this final.

14.37 IST: India are unchanged for this game, Pakistan have brought back Mohammad Amir and dropped Rumman Raees.

14.33 IST: TOSS! Virat Kohli wins the toss, India will bowl first against Pakistan

14.05 IST: On the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy final, players were deprived of some important hours of sleep as the air conditioners of their rooms were not functioning.

Brief Preview: India vs Pakistan clashes on the cricket fielded have always been huge. The two cricketing giants meet again today in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval. While holders India start the final as favourites, Pakistan will look to win their maiden title at the elite event.

There's no doubt that India have been a dominant force in world cricket in the past 10 years, with three ICC titles. If all goes well, India will not only become the first team to win the Champions Trophy thrice but become the second team after Australia to defend the title.

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India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final - the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.

Since 2000, India and Pakistan have played 50 ODIs so far and it's 25-25 in head-to-head encounters. However, since 2010, India have dominated their old foes 7-3 in 10 ODIs. The cricketing giants have not played bilateral series since 2012 and now meet only at ICC or Asian Cricket Council tournaments.

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One of the most unpredictable sides in world sport, Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India.

As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals.

India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan's resurgence.

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