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  • 9:29 PM IST
    India 158 all-out, 30.3 overs | Pakistan win by 180 runs

    That is it. Curtains down. India do not defend their title. Virat Kohli does not win his maiden ICC title. They do not annihilate Pakistan the way they did exactly 2 weeks ago. The tides have turned. Pakistan avenge the humiliating loss. They win their first ever Champions Trophy title. Pakistan, who had entered the tournament as No. 8 team, have emerged at the top.
  • 9:06 PM IST
    India 152/7, 26.3 overs | Jadeja 13

    What is happening? Hardik Pandya is going bonkers. He has already walloped 6 sixes, and is cruising to his maiden hundred. Indians have something to cheer about. This is outrageous. Only God know where this game is headed to. But, wait. Bad news. Pandya departs as I write this post. What have you done, Jadeja? Pandya is livid. He is screaming. Terrible mix-up.

    OUT! Hardik Pandya run out (Hafeez/Hasan Ali) 76 (43)
  • 8:54 PM IST
    India 128/6, 23 overs | Pandya 59, Jadeja 6

    Six. Six. Six. Four. Hardik is batting on a different track altogether. He reaches 50 off 32. Kohli is up on his feet. Some respite, some entertainment for India. Some. Can India pull off the unlikely? Can they, really?
  • 8:33 PM IST
  • 8:32 PM IST
    India 72/6, 17 overs | Pandya 9

    OUT! Another one bites the dust. Shadab gets his second scalp. Jadhav top-edges to Sarfraz. Only rain can save India, but not even a single dark cloud looming over. The Pakistan flags are out, shining in glory.

    OUT! Kedar Jadhav c Sarfraz b Shadab Khan 9 (13)

  • 8:29 PM IST
    India 54/5, 16 overs | Jadhav 9, Pandya 5

    Not much hopes left for India, but Jadhav has already two shots on the leg: first, a pull over mid-wicket and then a delightful flick in the same region.

    If India are to stay in the contest, Jadhav and Pandya will have to fire on all cylinders. They have nothing to lose now.
  • 8:18 PM IST
    India 54/5, 13.3 overs
    Double blow for India. Dhoni holes out Imad Wasim in the deep. Hasan Ali gets his 11th wicket of the tournament. India lose half the side. Things look bleak for India. Game, set, match?

    OUT! Dhoni c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 4 (16)
  • 8:14 PM IST
    India 54/4, 13 overs | Dhoni 4

    OUT! Another setback for India. What a review! Shadab right away tells his captain that Yuvraj hit his pad first. DRS shows it is plumb. The onus now on Dhoni and Jadhav.

    OUT! Yuvraj lbw b Shadab Khan 22 (31)
  • 8:08 PM IST

  • 8:07 PM IST
    India 50/3, 11 overs | Yuvraj 21, Dhoni 1

    Sarfraz introduces Hafeez and it backfires. Yuvraj Singh collects three boundaries off it: over mid-wicket, down the ground, and through the off. This is the track Yuvraj would like to feast on. Dhoni, meanwhile, is not interested playing deliveries outside off.
  • 7:56 PM IST
    India 33/3, 9 overs | Yuvraj 6

    Aamer had a solitary wicket before this contest. India so far have lost 3 wickets and Aamer has taken all of them – Rohit, Kohli, and now Dhawan. In the coridor of uncertainty and Dhawan edges it behind. He ends the 2017 edition as the highest run-score, retaining the Golden bat.

    OUT! Dhawan c Sarfraz b Amir 21 (22)
  • 7:48 PM IST
    India 31/2, 8 overs | Dhawan 20, Yuvraj 5

    The swing has faded a bit, but Dhawan has not. He rolls his wrist and eases on past covers. He then flashes past cover-point. A few more overs and the track will wear off.
  • 7:36 PM IST

  • 7:36 PM IST
    India 16/2, 5 overs | Dhawan 10, Yuvraj 1

    Dhawan looks frighteningly comfortable. As if nothing has happened. And even it did, it has not affected him a lot. He hooks Aamer and so beatifully in the back. He then immaculately cover-drives a slower ball. His Zen-like focus, under immense pressure, looks scary.
  • 7:31 PM IST
    India 7/2, 4 overs | Dhawan 1, Yuvraj 1

    This is not the situation Yuvraj wanted to be in. He has seen a lot in his life. This is the biggest test. Will he weather the storm? Can he? Will he? Can he? I need to calm down. I cannot watch this.
  • 7:27 PM IST
    India 7/2, 3 overs | Dhawan 1, Yuvraj 1

    In the air. Taken. No. Dropped. Azhar Ali drops Virat Kohli. Mohammad Aamer in disgust. That was a regulation catch.

    Goddamit! OUT! Kohli goes the next ball. Closes the face of the bat too early. Gets a leading edge to Shadab Khan at point. Kohli goes. Aamer cannot stop celebrating. India in deep, deep trouble.

    OUT! Kohli c Shadab Khan b Amir 5 (9)
  • 7:22 PM IST
    India 4/1, 2 overs | Dhawan 1, Kohli 3

    Junaid to Dhawan. He jabs it back. Dhawan keeps it down. Exciting start, this. He nips it away from Kohli then. India bat with caution. Pakistan on fire. This match is set ablaze.
  • 7:21 PM IST

  • 7:21 PM IST
    India 4/1, 2 overs | Dhawan 1, Kohli 3

    Junaid to Dhawan. He jabs it back. Dhawan keeps it down. Exciting start, this. He nips it away from Kohli then. India bat with caution. Pakistan on fire. This match is set ablaze.
  • 7:17 PM IST
    India 2/1, 1 over | Dhawan 0, Kohli 2

    1. Aamer to Rohit. A nervous push. Gets an inside edge onto his pads. 2. The next ball he leaves it alone. 3. The third he gets trapped in front. GONE. Umpire raises his finger. Did that pitch outside leg? No. Was it going above? No. Rohit has a chat with Dhawan. They do not take a review.

    Enter Kohli…

    OUT! Rohit lbw b Amir 0 (3)
  • 7:10 PM IST

    **India innings**

  • 6:43 PM IST
    5 off the 48th over, courtesy Bhuvi’s in-the-blockhole bowling.

    11 off the 49th over, courtesy 2 no-balls off Bumrah.

    10 off the 50th over, courtesy combination of Bhuvi’s death bowling and Hafeez’s slogging.

    India need 339 to defend title. Pakistan need to defend as many to win their first ever Champions Trophy.

    Rohit Sharma vs Mohammad Aamer. Shikhar Dhawan vs Junaid Khan. Virat Kohli vs Hasan Ali. MS Dhoni vs Shadab Khan. India vs Pakistan.
  • 6:30 PM IST
    Pakistan 318/4 | 48 overs, Hafeez 46, Imad 20

    The ploy to send Imad Wasim ahead of himself has worked for Sarfraz. He has already collected a six and four. Hafeez, meanwhile, has been spectacularly aggressive. He has reached 46 off 30.
  • 6:18 PM IST
    Pakistan 294/4 | 46 overs, Hafeez 32, Imad 11

    Oh, lord! Pakistan obliterate Kedar Jadav. 2 sixes, each by Hafeez and Imad. Kohli has often been getting his decisions right. Pakistan on course for a 330-plus score.
  • 6:12 PM IST
    Pakistan 278/4 | 44 overs, Hafeez 24, Imad 3

    Wicket. Babar holes out to Yuvraj Singh at long-off. Kedar Jadhav, who should have been introduced when Pakistan openers were going great guns, takes a wicket in his second over.
  • 6:03 PM IST
    Pakistan 266/3 | 42 overs, Babar 46, Hafeez 15

    Bad idea to use Jadeja in the death overs. Hafeez scores two boundaries off him. The track has nothing for Jadeja to offer. Gamble.

    Hafeez then targets Bhuvi. 9 runs off his 7th over. To make matters worse, India have leaked 20 extras.
  • 5:55 PM IST
    Pakistan 247/3 | 40 overs, Babar 43, Hafeez

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the best bowler of the day, strikes right away, in his first over of his second spell. He has Shoaib Malik caught at deep square-leg. Can India stage a comeback from here?

    OUT! Shoaib Malik c Kedar Jadhav b Bhuvneshwar 12 (16)
  • 5:46 PM IST
    Pakistan 239/2 | 38 overs, Babar 39, Malik 10

    Good bowling by Hardik Pandya. He finishes with 53 for 1 in 10 overs. He bowled above 140 kmph and hit the deck hard. This is discernible to the fact that India are a pacer short today.
  • 5:37 PM IST
    Pakistan 216/2 | 36 overs, Babar 25, Malik 2

    Pakistan have talent and skill in abundance. Azhar Ali scored fifty. Fakhar Zaman scored hundred. Babar Azam, the most stylish of all, is getting in his element. There is Shoaib Malik, the most experienced, at the other end. Pakistan should not settle with anything less than 325.
  • 5:28 PM IST
    Pakistan 202/2 | 34 overs, Babar 12, Malik 1

    OUT! Fakhar Zaman departs. His miscued shot finally finds fielder, Jadeja is never going to drop these. Never ever. Pandya gets a much deserved wicket. Respite for India finally.

    In other news, Shoaib Malik promoted to No. 4.

    OUT! Fakhar Zaman c Jadeja b Hardik Pandya 114 (106)
India defeated Pakistan in their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match © Getty Images
India defeated Pakistan in their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match © Getty Images

After hardships of over two-weeks, India and Pakistan stand on the brink of One-Day supremacy as both teams after a gap of 10 years clash in an ICC final. The grand finale of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will see arch-rivals battle it out in the middle as millions across the globe gore there eyes to this mammoth of a contest. I am Kaustubh Mayekar, and will be bringing to you the live scores, interesting bits and pieces from the world of social media in CricketCountry’s live updates blog for today. India has been dominant so far in the tournament apart from a small bump against Sri Lanka. Pakistan, meanwhile, have risen from the ashes like a phoenix as depicted after their thumping of England in semi-final 1. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Final at The Oval

Just a few weeks ago, the Virat Kohli-led side thrashed Sarfraz Ahmed-skippered Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening match of the eight-team marquee event at the Edgbaston. Following the defeat, Pakistan managed to bounce back and beat South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stage before defeating favourites England to book their place in the final. Defending champions, on the other hand, registered a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up a mother of all clashes in the final.

If India manage to win at the Oval today, they will become the first team to win the Trophy three times and join Australia as the second team to defend the title.

“I don’t see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament. Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off. Some teams might not have the best starts, but come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done,” said  Kohli in pre-match conference.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kedar Jadhav (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah

PakistanSarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Aamer, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan, Haris Sohail