India 163 for 6 (Kohli 82*) beat Pakistan 159 for 8 (Masood 52*, Iftikhar 51, Arshdeep 3-32, Hardik 3-30) by four wickets
So, all the white ball needed to swing again was a freak weather event. La Nina first threatened to wash out the India vs Pakistan game altogether. But instead it created a thrilling atmosphere for the biggest event on the cricket calendar.
All the rain leading into the game juiced up this pitch into something unreal. There was scary swing early. There was stunning bounce throughout. And the pace that Haris Rauf summoned made hair stand on end.
This was a night where the fun never stopped, where the jeopardy wouldn’t fade, and where a winner wouldn’t emerge until deep in the game, by which time more than 90,000 people at the MCG, and millions more watching from home, had been spoiled rotten.
And at the end of it all, the world knew one clear truth. VIRAT KOHLI IS STRAIGHT FIRE.
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