But Pakistan skipper Ahmed said that his team never lost confidence even after the drubbing by India to open the Champions Trophy tournament.
"We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn´t have anything going our way in that partnership".
Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour defending champions India by 180 runs to win their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title here on Sunday.
"It's a great team effort".
"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.
Personally, as a cricketer, I feel India are the overwhelming favourites, but as a Pakistani, I would like to see Pakistan win the title.
Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth global innings.
India eventually collapsed to 158 all out as they suffered their heaviest defeat, by runs, in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.
"I don't think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day".
It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns. But it will not be a one-sided final and there will be a fine contest between India and Pakistan. "It has been a remarkable achievement", said Arthur.
Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan s tour of England past year, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.
"That was an aberration. We have a young team and credit to my boys".
"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today".
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.
It will require some serious batting performance from Virat Kohli & Co to overcome the target. "They've been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic, as well". "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.
"Our strength has been the fact that we've been able to take wickets, and we've been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods", explained Arthur.
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