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Paksitan vs India, ICC Champions Trophy final

18 June 2017

Few might argue that Mohammad Amir's opening burst, that accounted for India's two most prolific batsmen - opener Rohit Sharma for a three-ball duck in the first over and captain Virat Kohli for five in the third over - was as important for Pakistan to win their first world title since the 2009 World Twenty20.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur confirmed pace bowler Mohammad Amir is fit to play at The Oval after missing the semi-final against England with back spasms.

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

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India posted an impressive 319/3, before rain shortened the match and Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 to win in 41 overs.

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The duo forged 128-run partnership in 23 overs before a running mix-up cost Pakistan a wicket.

He was caught behind off Bumrah on three but replays showed the paceman had bowled a no-ball.

They made India pay for the let-off and misses.

Moving on to cricket, the road to the finals has been quite different, India started brightly, displaying top-notch performance but one setback was the loss against Sri Lanka in the second group stage match whereas rival Pakistan began their campaign with a humiliating loss to India but team regrouped and won all the remaining matches to reach the finals of the Champions Trophy for the first time.

It was Azhar's run out in the 23rd over which gave India their first break in the match. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final. He danced to the other end, waved his bat to all parts of the packed ground, and kissed the pitch.

India, who have made it to their fourth final in the last seven ICC events starting since ICC World Cup 2011, have a brilliant 12-2 winning record against Pakistan in ICC events. Pakistan, meanwhile, has not hosted a major global match - barring a short limited-overs series against Zimbabwe - at home since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus at Lahore in 2009.

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Babar Azam's 46 and a cameo from Mohammad Hafeez (57no off 37 balls) swelled Pakistan's tally to 338-4 off 50 overs - the highest total in the entire tournament.

Pakistan appeared to be cruising to victory during this Asia Cup clash in Bangladesh when they needed 11 off the last 10 balls with four wickets in hand to overtake India's 245 for eight.

Amir, fired up, got Sharma lbw. He found the outside edge of Kohli's bat, only for Azhar Ali to drop the chance at first slip. But the Pakistanis consoled culprit Azhar and reset.

Dhawan tried to counter-attack but he fell to Amir, too.

Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could still rescue India, but Singh was hit pad first by spinner Shadab, confirmed by video review.

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

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