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Arthur confident India 'aberration' behind Pakistan

"I have been privileged to play alongside him in the last six Indian Premier League tournaments and, as his team-mate at Royal Challengers Bangalore, have seen at first hand not only his extraordinary skill as a batsman but also the energy and intensity that he brings to the game. It is a mercurial team and this tournament has thrown up so many upsets so far", Hussey wrote in a column for the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

This is the first time that Pakistan have entered the final of the Champions Trophy and Arthur believes that it is a flawless result to show that they are heading into the right direction. I visualise a lot, and I see myself in hard situations and actually convincing myself that I can pull the team out in those situations.

In the history of the ICC tournament both the teams will face each other in the finals for the second time.

The predicted weather for London during the duration of the match is sunny, but in case showers do come in at some point of the day and do not relent, forcing the game to be called off, then a reserve day has been allotted for the final.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an incredible tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

Amir suffered a back injury in the practice session ahead of their semi final match against England.

Pakistan have confirmed pace ace Mohammad Amir has recovered from a back problem and will play in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.

Once known for his very animated celebrations, Kohli's maturity over time has impressed de Villiers and he credited that for the India captain's supreme success.

When asked about the preparation and the team's approach about the much-hyped match, Kohli said, "We have not spoken about the game in any different way". There was no over excitement. "We have changed nothing from the day we came here", he added.

"I know there are expectations, I know there are people that expect the team and me to do well every time we play".

"If asked, I will say that the prayers of the fans and God has won them the games. We have to identify the players we want to take forward", he added. So, the more relaxed you stay in these kinds of situations, it helps you take better decisions when you are composed and calm mentally.

However, the India skipper said they were not looking at past records and would rather focus on putting up a complete performance in the summit showdown.

"As a team, we want to win. They have showed faith in us and we would like them to support us during the final too", Safraz said.

The overall head-to-head record between the two teams in the Champions Trophy is 2-2. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.



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