Strategy prepared, ready to face India tomorrow: Sarfraz Ahmed

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir

Admirable as those sentiments may be, Kohli will find few cricket fanatics in the two countries agreeing with him when he says of the final: "It's just another game of cricket".

"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". "The guys are under no illusion as to what the expectation is on them, but they're genuinely excited", said Arthur.

Everyone had written off Pakistan after they opened their campaign with a loss but captain Sarfraz Ahmed, in the pre and post-match press conferences, kept insisting that they will not give up on playing positive and attacking cricket.

"But things can change, and this is the time for us to change the tag that we don't perform well at ICC events".

"Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket and credit to them, they've turned around things for themselves really well".

"India have played big tournaments better than any other side in world cricket in the last 10 years", Ganguly said. Our batmen too have picked pace recently and they have hit form just at the right time.

On the eve of Sunday's high-profile rematch he also said the Birmingham encounter was an "aberration", entirely uncharacteristic these days of a team who often glory in their reputation for unpredictability. The final being in London also means that many Indians and Pakistanis who live there will attend the game.

But if that happens, it is obvious which team will be under enormous pressure.

"We've practised the same way from the first day we came here". "India refuse to play against us [on tours to Pakistan's home series in the United Arab Emirates]". "They've beaten sides that looked really strong against them".

"They (India) are ranked higher than us - so everyone is talking about India, India".

"It's a fantastic turnaround after the Indian loss and hammers the point that nothing is impossible", he said.

Pakistan will aim to defy the odds and beat India when the two fierce rivals meet at The Oval in what promises to be a pulsating ICC Champions Trophy final, which is expected to be watched by over a billion people on Sunday.

Pakistan were hammered by India in their first match of the tournament, but have been transformed since then and coasted past well-fancied hosts England to take their spot in in the final for the first time. "So I hope they will bring the back the trophy". He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we dont mind if Amir cant play. Let's not forget Rahat Ali's drop of Shane Watson off Wahab Riaz in the quarters of 2015 World Cup.

Come Sunday, Sarfraz's men must grab the chances they get as one drop, in all likelihood, could make the difference between victory and defeat for them.

"I think it's about conditions and match situations".

"We are a young team and are very excited and motivated for the game", Sarfaraz said, responding to an Indian journalist's question regarding emotions ahead of the game.

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