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But their middle-order has rarely been tested and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believed his bowlers could pose problems for India, even late in the innings.
"Cometh the Hour Cometh the Man" is an old adage which fits in perfectly with Indian captain Virat Kohli's cricketing philosophy as he reveals how he visualises hard situations and formulate strategies.
The game that always "stops two nations" comes again to a third when title-holders India face Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at London'sOval ground today. "Some teams start off confidently but they fail later while some might not have the best starts but they come back amazingly which Pakistan has done", he said.
"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world".
"You have to focus on what you have to do on the field".
Heading into the semi-final clash against a Bangladesh side who were hoping to repeat their giant-killing heroics against New Zealand, India barely had to break a sweat as they sealed a convincing victory with nine wickets in hand.
The Oval pitch should be more favourable for batsmen but India, who have beaten Pakistan in eight of their 10 World Cup and Champions Trophy meetings, will not be complacent.
"I want to thank the people of Pakistan for their prayers and the way they have backed the team following consecutive wins", Ahmed said.
Tait admitted that Pakistan's performance in the tournament came as a surprise to him.
"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been unbelievable for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", said Kohli. "We've practiced the same way from the first day we came here". There wasn't any drop of intensity or something extra.
"It is just another game of cricket tomorrow".
Saha added that the men in blue have bowled well against every opposition and every game was vital, when asked whether it will be a competition between Pakistan bowlers and Indian batsmen. "India is our nation and therefore we will pray for its win", he added.
On Sunday, India will meet Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy, an global cricket tournament played once every four years.
In this buildup, Arthur said they've focused much less on India and more on reinforcing what they do well.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi on Saturday urged the Indian government to "soften their stance" and resume bilateral cricket series with the neighbouring country.
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. "We have to (attack), we've got no option. They are motivated and if we can work had in the finals, we will get good results", said Sarfraz. "We are playing our best cricket at the best time of the tournament".
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