Boundary, a 20-minute play at State Kalolsavam won several rounds of applause from a packed crowd in Kozhikode for its bold theme.
The last time the two sides met was at the Twenty20 World Cup in October, where more than 90,000 fans piled into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch India win a last-ball thriller.
Akhtar had criticised the Indian players after the drubbing at the hands of England in the semifinal.
This stellar show not only proved that Kohli remains one of the best batsmen in contemporary but also ensured his place in the pantheon of all time greats in Indian cricket.
'Kohli is the most complete Indian batsman of my time', wrote Chappell in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Pandya starred both with the ball and bat in the marquee game.
Kohli smashed back-to-back sixes off Haris Rauf in the 19th over to swing the momentum in India's favour.
The Pakistani batter was rescued by the spidercam hovering over the field of play in the match against India.
Nawaz gave away 16 runs off the final over. The left-arm spinner was also guilty of bowling two wides and a no-ball amid mounting pressure at the MCG.
Kohli remained unbeaten on 82 off 53 balls, while all-rounder R Ashwin hit the winning shot off the final ball to trigger wide celebrations in the Indian dugout and among the supporters.