India vs Pakistan final: Playing without pressure or excitement, says Virat Kohli

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 25-year-old left-armer missed Pakistan's shock eight-wicket semi-final win over tournament hosts England in Cardiff on Wednesday with a back spasm.

Pakistan were fortunate to get a point from their South Africa game where they managed to restrict the Proteas to 219/8 in 50 overs but were tottering at 119/3 when the skies opened up and Pakistan won by 19 runs via Duckworth Lewis method.

He was all praise for Pakistan team's turnaround in the competition.

Amir, however, has once again become a mainstay of the Pakistan team since returning to the side early in 2016, appearing in 47 of the team's 57 matches across all worldwide formats following his comeback.

India refused to play against us and now we're playing in a bigger stage.

"We have changed nothing from the first match that we played in this tournament".

Aamir Sohail levels serious allegations on Pakistan team, says "someone [from outside the team] is winning them matches". However, we are not intimidated by them, nor we are being arrogant.

Pakistan's strategy to overpower India in the Champions Trophy finale on Sunday is simple: target the opponent's top order, head coach Mickey Arthur has revealed.

"Sarfaraz should only play cricket his cricket".

Furthermore, the two huge countries have an exceptionally tense relationship, with a religious divide (Hindu India, Muslim Pakistan) and a long-running dispute over the sovereignty of Kashmir creating an extremely antagonistic situation which periodically threatens to escalate into full-blown war.

With India holding a 13-2 advantage against Pakistan in ICC events, Zaheer admits that history may not be on their side but added that this young side has it in them to not just defeat but outclass India in the final.

Despite that superb display, Pakistan are still finding themselves highly unfancied as they head into Sunday's final, with most bookmakers rating their chances of success somewhere around 30per cent. It is like the is bigger than the Ashes - and expectation is high from both nations, insane about cricket. We are not going to take anything for granted for sure.

"I am very positive about the final", said Hasan, who took one for 70 when the teams net in the group phase.

However, India's star batsman said that the past would not have a bearing in the final and no team are guaranteed a win.

"There's no doubt that his wicket will give us an advantage".

"We are just being confident in our abilities", Kohli said. I think the boys can do it. "Our batting is not that good our bowling is better", he added.

  • Julie Sanders