With favourites India taking on fierce rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday, a reported Rs 2,000 crore has been bet on the match.
Here are some of the key encounters involving players from India and Pakistan that would determine who would have the final laugh in the final of Champions Trophy 2017.
India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir and Co won't pose any threat to Indian batsmen, says Gautam Gambhir
Pakistani pacers have managed to subdue the rival batsmen en route to the Champions Trophy final but Gautam Gambhir does not see them posing any serious threat to Indian batsmen in the title clash on Sunday.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will play in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals India, coach Mickey Arthur said Saturday.
In a column for ICC's website, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi wrote: "Pakistan’s seniors Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez need to come to the party for the big game."
India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday hurt his right knee during the fielding session ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan.
India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli and Co, superior to arch-rivals in every aspect, are rank favourites in final
The only thing going for Pakistan is that they have lost so often to India and expectation levels are at an all-time low, that they can go out and play fearless cricket.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Saturday urged the Indian government to "soften their stance" and resume bilateral cricket series with the neighbouring country.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: AB de Villiers praises 'consummate surgeon' Virat Kohli's passion for cricket
The Proteas skipper AB de Villiers heaped praise on his RCB teammate Virat Kohli for guiding his team to the finals of the Champions Trophy.
Rubbishing reports that he sent a two-line resume to apply for the post of India coach, former cricketer Virender Sehwag said that if he had to send such a short application, his name would have been "enough."
Champions Trophy 2017: From thumping Pakistan to choking South Africa, charting India's route to final
The path leading to the Champions Trophy final wasn’t easy. Here’s a look at how India strode into the final:
India vs Pakistan: Imran Khan wants Pakistan to avenge 'humiliating' defeat to India by winning final
Former World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan said Pakistan have got a golden opportunity in the Champions Trophy final to avenge its humiliating defeat to India in their first match of the tournament.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan's dramatic path into final after India debacle has proven critics wrong
The almost frenetic rate at which Pakistan have improved throughout this tournament has impressed most observers. But the opponent they will meet in the final has a track record which puts them ahead as favourites to win the tournament.
India vs Pakistan: Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough to officiate 2017 Champions Trophy final
South Africa's Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough of England will be the on-field umpires for the Champions Trophy final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan
Jadhav is the quintessential product of Dhoni’s affinity towards part-time bowling, and is now an important element of Kohli’s team. It would be funny, almost, if it weren’t serious business of an ICC tournament final.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Indian top order's authoritative batting in semis a positive sign before final
The ease with which Virat Kohli and Co advanced into the final speaks volumes of how authoritative India's batting was on Thursday.
India vs Pakistan: Why Sarfraz Ahmed and Co would be fearful of the Men in Blue in Champions Trophy final
An India-Pakistan clash, especially a final, is not just a game. It is war minus shooting. Years of pent-up emotions, accumulated grudges, bottled anger, envy and rivalry are played out on a 22-yard pitch.
Former captain Rahul Dravid believes the Indian skipper Virat Kohli should avoid making any changes to the team for the Champions Trophy summit clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Kedar Jadhav eclipsing R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja against Bangladesh must worry India
Ashwin is an intelligent bowler, whose variations make him unplayable in Test cricket with men around the bat and greater assistance from the surfaces. But the flat wickets of one-day cricket sometimes demand simplicity a la Kedar Jadhav.
The pressure of the big game played on the minds of the Bangladesh players. When you reach the final stages of a tournament, what matters is how well you can absorb the pressure.