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Amazing Cricket facts: the arch-rivals India-Pakistan never face each other in the finals


India-Pakistan clashes have always been a delight to watch for every cricket fan, one of the most anticipated rivalries of all time. India-Pakistan matches are always a combination of Intensity and pressure, both teams try their best to get the best out of the other one. The bitter Government diplomatic relationships, and the ongoing wars between the nations, intensified the Rivalry. The two sides first locked horns in 1952, when Pakistan came to India for tests and limited-overs series. 


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Many games have been played between them, many tours have been canceled, and the bilateral cricket between the two has also been terminated for a long time.  In modern cricket, the teams only meet in International multi-national tournaments like the World Cup or Asia Cup. In the International Tournaments, both sides have been head to head in the competition. In the ODI CWC both teams have come across each other on seven occasions where India defeated the men in green in all Seven. In the Champions Trophy history, India has won only two matches, while Pakistan registered a win in three of the five matches, out of those three one was a major heartbreak for India in the Final of the 2017 edition. In the Asia Cup, the two teams have played 15 matches, Pakistan with five victories and India with eight. 


Despite 40 years and 16 editions of the Asia Cup, these two Asian giants have not played in a final against each other. The First edition of the championship was played between India and Sri Lanka, and Pakistan was more of a tri-series in 1984. And the most recent is being played in Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2023. Both the Co-hosts played against each other in the semi-finals, Pakistan had the chance to break the streak, as India comfortably cemented a place in the finals. Pakistan lost a close encounter and disappointed the fans expecting a cracker of a game. Despite efforts from Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohd. Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahamad, the Pakistanis were not able to satisfy the fans and play against the Men in Blue in the final.

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