On Sunday, Heathrow is expected to be teeming with Indian and Pakistani jerseys. Mombasa, Jamaica, California and Dubai are just some of the many far-flung places in the world from where fans will be flying into London directly for the final.
They have come close on occasions. Pakistan lost to West Indies in the 1983 semifinals when India won the World Cup. Both teams lost their semifinals in the next edition and Pakistan fell one step short again at the ICC Knockout — as Champions Trophy was known then — in 2000. And the two teams crossed paths in the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup, when India won it for a second time.
Not many would have thought this edition of the Champions Trophy would end the long wait, especially on the back of how comprehensively India humbled their arch rivals two Sundays ago at Edgbaston. But while India have, save the upset against Sri Lanka, cruised into the final as defending champions, Pakistan have defied all expectations with exceptional cricket.
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