Pakistan ready to 'change history' against India

The former national team captain had made the claim after Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in their last match in Group B on June 12 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy. "They have been brought to the final due to external factors and not on the basis of their performances", he spewed vitriol.

Sohail said: "Sarfraz needs to be told that you have not done anything great".

"They are going to need people like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, their two most experienced players to really step up if they want to win this game", he added.

"I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy".

And on Wednesday they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff.

"The way Pakistan team played against England gives us an impression that they are now in a position to do something special for the country in the all-important match", Zaheer said on Thursday.

"It's just another game of cricket tomorrow, whatever the result we have to go forward and play more games after that", Kohli said.

Kohli's men overwhelmed Bangladesh by nine wickets at Edgbaston on Thursday, a day after Pakistan had seen off England by eight wickets in an nearly as lopsided semi-final at Cardiff. That for us was key and we gave our bowlers the freedom to do that.

"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been fantastic for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", Kohli said.

Former captain Aamir Sohail has denied inferring that any foul play was behind Pakistan's shock wins in the ICC Champions Trophy in England.

"India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments". We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah took two wickets each.

BCCI has not given any official statements on the same but it is considering it Pakistan's excuse to avoid India in finals.

Unlike Pakistan, who revealed that they have watched videos of Indian players and "dissected" the team, Kohli said preparation for a big game was a personal thing. "So we've got to try and put them under extreme pressure particularly by knocking their top order over", he added.

"The new faces have given Pakistan a new life with their energetic efforts".

Pakistan's resurgence since its opening defeat by India has been something to see even allowing for its reputation as world cricket's most "unpredictable" team and Hasan insisted the pressure of playing India, the title-holders, in a final would not cause his side to retreat back into their shells.

India booked their place in the showpiece fixture with a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh at Edgbaston. Part-time offie Kedar Jadhav took the crucial wickets of Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61).

  • Julie Sanders