After 32 years, two countries facing each other in finalHow many of us remember the day (and night) of Melbourne? It was Benson & Hedges Trophy final. India and Pakistan faced each other. India under the able leadership of Gavaskar had earlier defeated Miandad-led Pakistan by 6 wickets in the group stage. Ultimately both the teams reached the final.
The final was played at Melbourne on 3rd March, 1985. It was a Sunday. Pakistan scored 176 for 9 due to great bowling performance of Kapil, Binny, Shastri and Shivaramkrishnan. India easily surpassed the target by losing only 2 wickets. Shrikant was Man of the Match. Ravi Shastri was declared Man of the Tournament and he received an Audi 100 car.
After another 32 years India and Pakistan are facing each other in the final of an International Tournament. Again the match is being played on Sunday. Again India defeated Pakistan in the group stage.
So, we must pray that the result of the final will be the same as happened in Melbourne 32 years ago.