Lahore : The title-holder India face Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at London’s Oval ground on Sunday.
Millions of cricket fans around the world are all asking is which Pakistan will turn up?
Will it be the team thrashed by arch-rivals India would be able strike the opponent ? Or will it be the slick, skilled side who hammered England by eight wickets in the semi-finals, with Hasan Ali, the competition’s leading wicket-taker, spearheading a brilliant bowling effort as the previously unbeaten tournament hosts were dismissed for just 211 before the likes of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman helped knock off the runs in dashing style?
Pakistan, the lowest ranked team in the tournament featuring the world s top eight one-day international sides, long been regarded as world cricket s most “unpredictable” outfit, they have lost all three of their previous knockout matches against India at International Cricket Council tournaments.
Pakistani bowling coach Azhar Mahmood told reporters at the Oval on Friday, “We have got nothing to lose, the pressure is more on them (India). “But I can tell you one thing; we have come to win,” the former all-rounder, who spent several seasons with Oval-based Surrey, added ahead of Pakistan s first match of the tournament at the ground.