The Pakistan team performance reminds us the same picture which Pakistan demonstrated in ICC 1992 to World Cup. Pakistan was facing same situation at that time and they managed to reach the final by luck and some good cricket at the end of the league stage and Knock out stage. Moreover the Pakistani team was having best in the world bowling line up at that time up and batting was also sturdy.
Here is the Snap Shot of 1992 World Cup:
|23-Feb-92||Melbourne||Pak 220/2, WI 221/0||WI won by 10 wkts|
|27-Feb-92||Hobart||Pak 254/4, Zim 201/7||Pak Won by 53 runs|
|01-Mar-92||Adelaide||Pak 74/10, Eng 24/1||No result|
|04-Mar-92||Sydney||Ind 216/7, Pak 173/1||Ind won by 43 runs|
|08-Mar-92||Brisbane||SA 211/7, Pak 173/8||SA won by 20 runs (D/L)|
|11-Mar-92||Perth||Pak 220/9, Aus 172/10||Pak Won by 48 runs|
|15-Mar-92||Perth||SL 212/6, Pak 216/6||Pak won by 4 wkts|
|18-Mar-92||Christchurch||NZ 166/10, Pak 167/3||Pak won by 7 wkts|
|21-Mar-92||Auckland||NZ 262/7, Pak 264/6||Pak won by 4 wkts|
|25-Mar-92||Melbourne||NZ 262/7, Pak 264/6||Pak won by 4 wkts|
And same things are also repeating here; as at the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 no one thought that Pakistan will be one of the finalists of the tournament. Being entering tournament at no.8 and having worst of the start there chances were decreased to zero but they bounced back strongly against South Africa and defeated them. Which lighten up their hopes of being live in the #CT- 17? Yes again in Virtual Quarter Final’s Pakistan manage to defeat Sri Lanka and fortunes also favored them; as Sri Lanka dropped some vital catches and Pakistan utilized them with open hands. In Semi Final Pakistan defeated unbeaten team of tournament England quite convincingly with their bowling and even batting also. Now Pakistan will face India in the final’s the only team in the tournament which hammered them at the start of the league stage.
For Indian team everything is going on well and they need to continue the same and not to be complacent against Pakistan team. India just need to play the natural game as both teams have played 4 matches in ICC Champions Trophy so far and both have won 2 each and now its Grand Final.