We need to be tougher: Mortaza

In these editions of the tournament which determines the champions in the continent, India decimated Bangladesh but went on to lose their next games to either Pakistan or Sri Lanka - in group stages or even in the finals.

Some estimates suggest Sunday's match between the sub-continental cricket giants at the Oval in south London could attract a worldwide television audience of more than a billion viewers. We were the number eight ranked side, and no one gave us any credit.

In disputed Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan, the cricket tournament has already caused discord.

'Warm weather an advantage': Pakistan played and won their last two matches against Sri Lanka and England in Cardiff but Mahmood believes the weather at The Oval suits the team more.

India and Pakistan have just met in one ICC last - the 2007 World Twenty20 masterpiece, which was won by India.

With India holding a 13-2 advantage against Pakistan in ICC events, Zaheer admits that history may not be on their side but added that this young side has it in them to not just defeat but outclass India in the final.

ICC Champions Trophy: India wary of maverick Pakistan in high-octane final
These matchups have traditionally been a contest between India batting and Pakistan bowling. The Indians are the defending champions; powerful, purring and perpetual.

Pakistan needed some spark and intensity which they clearly showed after losing to India. "They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kind of situations and I think this is a tactic that works for them", Dravid said. Men in blue emerged victorious to defend team India in the finals of ICC World Champions Trophy, against Pakistan, this Sunday.

"India have the upper hand in ICC tournaments. They [Pakistan team] should not be flying too high on their success at the moment because we know that they've been "brought" to this position", Sohail said.

Meanwhile Azhar said there was no hiding from the scale of a fixture which, mainly because of political pressure, rarely takes place outside of a major global tournament. "India refuse to play against us [on tours to Pakistan's home series in the United Arab Emirates]".

"The pressure is high for both sides and their countries. We never let them get past six runs an over", Kohli said after the match.

Sixteen of the 28 wickets Pakistan have taken in their past three wins have come in the second Power Play between the 10th and 40th overs of an innings, a time traditionally dominated by batsmen who are willing and able to bat conservatively and wait for a late assault in the final 10 overs. "They have worked really worked hard to get this far and I feel so bad when people work so hard and the ex-captains or ex-players talk bad about the team", Harbhajan told India Today.

While looking at the bowling stats of Pakistan during the semi-final match against England, I noticed that bowlers of less prominence who are by no means big names in worldwide cricket finished with impressive figures.

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