Golden opportunity for Pakistan to avenge loss to India: Imran


Golden opportunity for Pakistan to avenge loss to India: Imran

"It was one of those days where I could read them very well and I was able to execute what I wanted to do". Their turnabout has been magnificent. We've been playing good cricket. "They were really ashamed and knew that they had let their country down". After beating Bangladesh by 9 wickets, Kohli in the post-match press conference revealed whose idea was it to introduce Jadhav into the attack.

Virat Kohli will urge his India side to play the game not the occasion in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday after their brisk disposal of Bangladesh set up a box-office encounter with Pakistan that could break TV viewing records. "Regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes", added Kohli.

Pakistan's resurgence since their opening defeat by India has been something to see even allowing for their 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. "Obviously, we would have to plan a bit according to that, but I don't know if there's much that we need to change as a team", he said. "Now there is one last hurdle, a big game against Pakistan". We have seen some really surprising results and it's been wonderful for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well. "I'm incredibly proud of how we pulled ourselves off the canvas".

After opener Shikhar Dhawan got out at his individual score of 46, Sharma and Kohli shared an unbeaten 187-run partnership to help India cross the line, that too easily.

Earlier put in to bat, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side put in a below par score. If you do something correct, we will appreciate you. This includes taking three wickets each against South Africa, Sri Lanka and England, with the one wicket coming against India in their tournament opener.

Rohit Sharma, who was Man of the Match said: "It was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note". Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time victors. From that point onward, previous Pakistan players and skippers are envious of how Pakistan has so far expanded.

Speaking about what is expected to be a high-voltage second clash, Kohli was nonchalant.

Going into the match, India would be high on confidence having comprehensively defeated their Asian neighbour by 124 runs in the group stage. Speaking to the media after Amir took part in an entire training session today, Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood confirmed that the speedster, who missed the semi-final against England due to a back spasm, was fit but did not categorically say whether he will play at the Oval on Sunday.