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18 June 2017, 12:13 | Sandy Nunez
Pakistan were the lowest-ranked side going into the tournament and produced a shambolic performance in their heavy opening defeat by India. He was said that they were "neither over confident nor complacent" ahead of the final.
The last team to qualify for the Champions Trophy still charts a path that resembles a heartbeat on a monitor.
"But someone asked me before the tournament who would be in the final and I said Pakistan". The wicket-keeper batsman is unlike a boisterous Shahid Afridi and wants his team to do all the talking with its batting, bowling and fielding. "If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much in this competition - so that's pretty much our aim and focus". They will probably go into the game as favourites.
Sixteen of the 28 wickets which the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side have taken in their past three wins have come in the second Power Play between the 10th and 40th overs of an innings.
"We are looking at it as just another match and do not want to be distracted by how big is it or the trophy being on line", Indian captain Virat Kohli said at a press conference earlier the same day. "We came here very, very firmly of the opinion that we wanted to come here and win it and that has been our chat all the time", he said. Except for their first group game against India, the plan has worked. "I believe in my boys. if we win it would be a great gift to the whole nation", he added.
While there are a few cricketers who have constantly featured in both the Champions Trophy and the 50 over world cup, there are some others who have played in only one of the two.
India is used to finals, used to embracing the pressure and expectations. He made his comeback at the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April, where he captained the Mumbai Indians to glory, and then went on to be selected in India's Champions Trophy squad. "Let's hope we can put our "A" game on again tomorrow, because if we can - and I said it before the England game - if we put our "A" game together and do the basics well, we can beat anybody".
Pakistan could make one change if Mohammad Amir, who missed the semi-final with a back spasm, is fit.
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