Once bitten Pakistan primed for Trophy final

Meanwhile, Pakistan would consider it as a golden opportunity to avenge their first match defeat against India and clinch their maiden title.

"That was something we hadn't prepared for", he said. It bounced back by surprising mighty South Africa and Sri Lanka before pulling the biggest stunner of all. "But I can tell you one thing - we have come to win".

"I really hope that we see resumption of bilateral cricket between the two countries and would request the Indian cricket board and the Indian government to soften their stance". It's part of being an Indian cricketer and you just have to focus on what's happening on the field and accept reality'. Sohail criticised Sarfraz in a post-match analysis where he said that the 30-year-old has "nothing to be smug about; he just became captain". He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with ten victims at an average of 17.20 and a wonderful economy rate of 4.25, thus he will be very important in order to dismantle India's fierce batting line-up.

On-field rivalry Pakistan have yet to beat India in a World Cup match but have defeated them twice in four Champions Trophy ODIs and still lead 72-52 overall, largely by virtue of their early dominance of the tie. We have practised the same way from the first day we came here.

"I don't think we've exceeded expectations at all", he said.

Pakistan have managed to bounce back in this tournament, defeating South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final. If Sarfraz does put them in, the risk he'll be running is that the Oval pitch is a road and India pile up 400, about half of them to Virat Kohli, who has yet to be out once he has got off the mark.

"It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but we've closed the chapter on that and we're now moving forward". It has not had any adverse impact on India's total as yet but can India can afford the same strategy in the final as well?

"We had the mantra "we want to get to London". They will be eager to get that run-scoring going in the Champions Trophy final. "We are excited to be playing in the final and we'll treat this as any other knockout game", the Pakistan skipper said.

India, who have made it to their fourth final in the last seven ICC events starting since ICC World Cup 2011, have a brilliant 12-2 winning record against Pakistan in ICC events.

India defeated Pakistan mostly in major ICC tournament matches so far in the history of the game. We dissected India a lot before the game at Edgbaston (which Pakistan lost), and we've sort of backtracked on that now.

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

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