Cricketers from the Indian and Pakistani communities will have the chance to represent their nation in the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup Final.
The two sides will battle it out at Sydney Showground Stadium on 6 January 2020, ahead of the KFC Big Bash League fixture between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.
After progressing through the group stages, India and Pakistan secured spots in the final with strong semi-final wins on Sunday in Parramatta.
Gurinder Singh Hara (51 not-out, retired) and Vikrant Nehru (49 not-out) powered India to an imposing total of 3/141 from 10 overs against 2019 Thunder Nation Cup runner-up Nepal.
India captain Arun Chauhan said he was proud of the way his team has bounced back after heartbreak last year.
“It was a good game. Nepal was a really good team and the game was a good fight,” Chauhan said.
“Means a lot to me and all the players, after last time when we missed in the semi-finals.
“It’s really good to represent your country and playing on such a good ground. We’re proud to represent our nation.”
Pakistan had a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka in the second semi-final.
Making the most of their decision to bowl first, Pakistan bowled Sri Lanka out for 74. Waleed Jalil was the star with the ball, claiming 3/8 (1.5 overs).
Jalil and Subahn Khan wasted no time chasing the total, reaching the target in the fifth over without loss of wicket.
Pakistan captain Umair Warraich said he is excited about the prospect of leading his team in the Thunder Nation Cup Final at Sydney Showground Stadium.
“It was a wonderful game of cricket. We did pretty well during the whole tournament, and we’re glad we put (together) exactly the same performance in the semi final as well,” Warraich said.
“It is a great honour to represent Pakistan in any capacity, at any level. To do that in cricket is such a great feeling as well. Hopefully we will put up a great show on the 6 January.”
The HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup continues to engage with communities across western Sydney, regional New South Wales and ACT, thanks to the ongoing support of Major Partner HomeWorld.
“It has been wonderful to watch the competing teams represent their nations and communities with such pride and passion,” HomeWorld Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Community Trudi Busch said.
“The standard of cricket this year has been amazing, and we look forward to the final on January 6. We wish both India and Pakistan the best of luck.”
India and Pakistan had contested three straight Thunder Nation Cup Finals before Afghanistan and Nepal featured last season.
Family and supporters of players in the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Cup will be required to purchase a ticket into Sydney Showground Stadium to watch the game.
Entry covers both the HomeWorld Thunder Nation Final (4:10pm start) and the KFC Big Bash League fixture between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat (7:10pm start).
Gates will open at 4:10pm (AEDT). For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.