It was hard to counter Zaman's batting style: Kohli

For a team that can't play global cricket at home due to security issues, the victory has far-reaching implications.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.

India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy today but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than arch-rivals Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final at The Oval.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team's bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too. He has some history with England and he added another chapter in that story; a chapter Pakistan and the entire cricketing fraternity will remember for a long time.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries.

His century set up Pakistan's massive total of 338-4, and they went on to dismiss India for 158. To get to the finals India defeated Bangladesh in one semifinals matchup by nine wickets, while Pakistan defeated England in the other semis match by eight wickets at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Arthur, a former coach of both his native South Africa and Australia, labeled Pakistan's performance that day as "shambolic". "We haven't won the final, have lost a game of cricket, and that's all".

"That was an aberration".

"I think we should put aside political issues and try to play more cricket".

Their confidence will be boosted by the fact that it was at The Oval where India suffered their only defeat of this tournament when Sri Lanka chased down a target of 322 to win by seven wickets.

"It was a great achievement by the boys and full credit to them".

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman".

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up. "They were more intense and more passionate".

And the question millions of cricket fans around the world, possibly even a billion, are all asking is 'which Pakistan will turn up?'.

As I said, you can do little to control when people are going well like that, and 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 (Zaman-Azhar).

Pakistan's bowlers weighed in on them and took the mighty Indian batting line-up apart.

"Everyone desires composure, not just me". Virat Kohli's wicket early is key as shown in their only loss this tournament was off the back of Kohli's only duck of the tournament.

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