Pakistan demolish India to win maiden Champions Trophy title

“Everyone is in form”, said a cricket fan from Mumbai.”We dissected India a lot before the game at Edgbaston, and we’ve sort of backtracked a little bit on that now and sort of solidifying what we did really well, confirming what we’ve done well in terms of our bowling, in terms of our batting, in terms of our fielding, and building on that”. Even Pakistan is doing well.The Indian batsman has been clicking on all cylinders, displaying masterful performance throughout the tournament especially the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, giving India a ideal start, putting up scores on the board and pressuring the opposition bowlers.The buzz for the final has been huge in England, too, where there is a large population from both the nations.”Let us hope that we see a game of epic proportions that is remembered for a long, long time”, he added. After enduring contrasting starts to their campaign in the eighth edition of the tournament, both the teams have come back strongly in the last week to ensure a spot for them in the finals of the contest. But, one can not underestimate Pakistan, looking at their performance in the last few matches, especially against England. But when it comes to winning, it is only India.Asked why Pakistan’s effort will be different this time, Arthur said on Saturday their attitude is different.It carried that momentum to the England match, where everything clicked and now it has another opportunity to face arch-rival India in the final. It is little wonder then the team has taken the most wickets in this tournament so far.Kohli will be cast centre stage as India captain in front of a mere 24,500 sell-out crowd at The Oval, and his primary task will be to keep his composure at the crease and in the field as the overwhelming favourites bid to retain their title.Meanwhile, his partner Fakhar, who made his debut for Pakistan against South Africa, scored his third ODI half-century. Three knockout matches, three no-balls, three costly mistakes. India have dominated proceedings except one match. But the underdogs have been battle-tested in this tournament, while India have batted their way through the competition.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.With Pakistan’s front-line pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs.