Champions Trophy final: Mercurial Pakistan shouldn't be discounted, says Mike Hussey


However, India will remain under pressure as the Pakistan team has a fresh batch of players who have exuberating confidence.

Meanwhile Kohli said it was important for players to ration their use of sites such as Twitter.

But Pakistan could also find a place for Amir by leaving out a spinner in either Shadab Khan or Imad Wasim.

India have twice topped 300 this month and chased a further 455 for the loss of only three wickets in their other two matches. "They've been really special in the way that they've bought into the concept that we wanted them to buy into and the brand of cricket, and they've done exceptionally well at that".

"That's how this game goes, and that's the beauty of this game", said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India's performance. There will be many distractions when India lines up against Pakistan in the final, with a manic crowd likely to be out of control in the lead up and on match day as the hype for this match will be huge.

"What we've produced after that doesn't come as any surprise, because that's how we trained, and that's what we worked at", Arthur told reporters at The Oval yesterday.

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"When you are calm and composed mentally you play your best".

"On their day they can beat any side in the world", said Kohli of Pakistan.

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

As Heavy reported, India has won 12 of 15 meetings against Pakistan in their ICC competitions.

No matter what the official global television audience is for the final - wildly speculative figures exceeding one billion people have been reported - the match will bring cricket lovers in at least two countries to a standstill when it gets underway at 7.30pm AEST (late afternoon India and Pakistan Standard time).

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"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", added Arthur. They would certainly be hoping that for once the law of averages takes their side. Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after.

"We have to (attack), we've got no option".

"The way the players dragged themselves off the canvas after the beating at Edgbaston was wonderful".

"I know it's tough to do so but keeping clear of Twitter and the other stuff means you can stay in a good zone and mind-set".

"There's a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room".

After suffering a 124-run defeat in their opening game against the title holders, everyone had written off Pakistan but captain Sarfraz Ahmed, in the pre and post-match press conferences, kept on insisting that they will not give up on playing positive and attacking cricket.

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