Pakistan, India face off in historic cricket final

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan.

For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.

The Indian batting, barring Hardik Pandya, was pedestrian even as the pitch did not offer much movement and had carry. As the Indian Express noted, this matchup has eluded cricket fans for more than 40 years, starting with the first World Cup in 1975, though it nearly came to be a number of times before.

After being asked to bat in the summit clash, Zaman along with his opening partner Azhar Ali gave Pakistan a strong start with a century-run opening stand.

The left-hander fell to another superb delivery by Amir which kissed the outside edge on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.

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India's captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed, hold the trophy as they pose for a photgraph at The Oval in London.

Apart from Zaman (114), Azhar Ali (59), Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) and Babar Azam (46) also contributed handsomely to Pakistan's cause. "I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time". As I said last time, it's just another game of cricket tomorrow, and whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after that.

Fielders made several mess-ups in the outfield while bowlers failed to bowl at the right line throughout the innings as a result arch-rivals Pakistan managed to score a healthy total. Sometimes on the day, the batsman is good enough to tackle anything. The duo forged 128-run partnership in 23 overs before a running mix-up cost Pakistan a wicket. "Don't wish to get into the details on who won them the games", Sohail said during a programme on a Pakistani channel.

Fakhar capitalised on a huge piece of fortune early in proceedings - he was caught from a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball when on three - but rode his luck to pummel the Indian attack to all parts. Zaman's knock was studded with 12 boundaries and two sixes as he made India pay for the no ball in the fourth over. We didn't want to be too predictable from there on in the tournament.

Akram, who played a crucial role in their sucessful 1992 World Cup campaign-including a hat-trick against England in the final- also praised the team for their performance.

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