Ahmed confirmed that Muhammad Amir was fit, but shied from confirming whether he would play tomorrow's match claiming the playing eleven had not been decided since the team had not seen the pitch yet.
This was another example of some poor game management from Eoin Morgan's side. With wickets in the middle, he has dented opponent's momentum as seen in the game against England where he accounted for Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and later Ben Stokes. Not every track will allow you to hit through the line and play the brand of expansive cricket that has, admittedly, launched England to being one of the most unsafe short form sides in world cricket.
But at 200 for two, Pakistan were well-placed for a big score, with Hafeez bringing up the 300 when he pulled the generally admirable Kumar for six. Hasan Ali has truly risen to the occasion and comes into the final as the tournament's best bowler, with 10 wickets to his name already.
As a team, Pakistan have been masterful in terms of how it squeezes teams and applies pressure consistently.
India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.
In the build-up to that game, just like the build-up to this one, both captains and camps insisted time and again that this is just another game. But not only have Pakistan, the lowest ranked team in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides, always been regarded as world cricket's most "unpredictable" outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at worldwide Cricket Council tournaments.
The India captain and world's No.1 ODI batsman wants to avoid any potential social media distractions which might stop his men focusing fully on retaining the ICC Champions Trophy.
"The India game was an aberration", Arthur said in Saturday's pre-match press conference.
This Indian team is in sensational form, and as it so often does, it's peaking at the right time.
Kohli also indicated that he would not be making any change in the Playing XI and would go with the same team that played against Bangladesh in the semi-finals.
"Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah are bowling very well and the batting order is also taken care of by Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli", said a cricket fan.
India dealt with Pakistan pretty severely in the first meeting of the sides in the group stages.
"The biggest thing is to stay off social media", he said.
Pakistan recovered their composure to record back-to-back victories in Cardiff, the first over Sri Lanka taking them through to the semi-final stage and the second knocking England out of their own tournament three days ago.