LONDON – Title-holders India face arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval in London on Sunday, with a television audience of millions set to be glued to the latest edition of world cricket’s most high-profile match.
Below, AFP Sport looks back at five memorable one-day international matches between the Asian cricket giants.
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March 10, 1985 – Melbourne: India won by eight wickets
The first India-Pakistan ‘global’ final, albeit not at an ICC event, saw the two nations meet in the climax of the World Championship of Cricket. A forerunner of the Champions Trophy, the seven-team tournament featuring all of the then-Test playing was organised by the Victorian Cricket Association.
Kapil Dev, who led India to the 1983 World Cup, reduced Pakistan to 33/3. Javed Miandad and Imran Khan tried to revive the innings, but a double-strike by leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan saw Pakistan held to a lowly 176/9.
India openers Ravid Shastri and Kris Srikkanth then shared a century stand on the way to a commanding victory.
April 18, 1986 – Sharjah: Pakistan won by one wicket
A match no fan on either side of the border will forget. Pakistan, needing four runs off the last ball to lift the Australasia Cup, sailed through as Miandad pulled a full toss from seamer Chetan Sharma for six. Instantly, Miandad became a national hero, and Sharma was reduced to facing barbs and insults on his return home.
March 1, 2003 – Centurion: India won by six wickets
The World Cup match featured a classic cricket confrontation between two global stars in India batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Tendulkar smashed a 75-ball 98 to help his team achieve a 274-run target.
Akhtar bagged just one wicket – Tendulkar – while conceding 72 runs in his 10 overs.
Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar (101) was the only batsman to score a century in the match.