"I suppose playing at home will be to our advantage over Sri Lanka, but you cannot take them lightly. They were one of the pre-tournament contenders for the Cup. These two teams have come through trial by fire, winning some and losing some matches to reach the final. Both the teams would be mentally and physically well prepared," he said.
About Wednesday's high-octane clash against the arch-foes, won by India by 29 runs after Shahid Afridi's men fell short of the 261-run target set by the home team, Vengsarkar said he expected a closer match while anticipating an Indian victory.
"I knew India will win but I thought it would be tighter finish. The team that handled pressure better won and India handled it really well while Pakistan struggled. They also dropped a lot of catches. We also bowled really well," he pointed out.
Vengsarkar was also full of praise for young Suresh Raina, whose crucial 39-ball 36 towards the end brought India back into the game after the dismissal of skipper Dhoni.
Image: India's Suresh Raina bats during the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, India, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.