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India favourites against Pakistan: Saha

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

have ticked all the boxes in the ongoing Champions Trophy and it's no surprise that they would get past to retain the title, Test wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha said today.

"Barring one match (against Sri Lanka) have done well in every department and they are overall favourites. It's no surprise, you ask anyone, he or she will put in the hot seat tomorrow," India's number one Test wicketkeeper Saha said on the sidelines of a CAB first division league match today.

Having routed by 124 runs in their Champions Trophy opener, defending champions had a blip against who beat Virat Kohli's men by seven wickets.

But, they have bounced back in style, ousting in a must-win match before a clinical win over in the semi-final.

"It's a high pressure game and the most important thing is to maintain composure. The team who will perform well will win," Saha said.

India's batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs), Rohit Sharma (304 runs) and skipper Virat Kohli (253 runs) making it three Indians in the top-five highest run-getters' list.

"have bowled really well since the first game against It's easy to say that are better than That's why I will always put in front," the 32-year-old said.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have done well in pace attack with tournament's leading wicket-taker Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees being among the top performers, while the return of of Mohammed Amir will be a big boost for them.

"Every match in this tournament was vital. have bowled well in every match and got teams all out too," Saha concluded.

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 21:48 IST