NEW DELHI: India will open their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday in Pallekele. The two nations play each other only in ICC or multi teams tournaments owing to long-standing political tensions.
The India-Pakistan rivalry has produced countless unforgettable moments and matches, with players from both teams rising to the occasion and delivering standout performances.
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Ahead of the Asia Cup encounter, TOI Sports take a look at some of the memorable ODIs played between both the teams.
1996 World Cup (India won by 39 runs)
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encounter during the 1996 ICC World Cup captured the essence of the historic rivalry as the two cricketing powerhouses clashed in a high-stakes quarter-final match. Held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The match was fuelled by intense emotions and fervent fan support. India batted first, setting a formidable target of 288 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s brilliant 93 and Ajay Jadeja’s explosive innings of 45 powered India’s innings. In response, Pakistan’s chase was marked by wickets falling at crucial moments, as Indian bowlers managed to restrict their opponents to 248 runs. The victory not only secured India’s progress to the semi-finals but also etched this match into the annals of cricket history as a symbol of the enduring rivalry and the significance of cricket matches between the two nations.
2003 World Cup (India won by 6 wickets)
The 2003 ICC World Cup encounter between India and Pakistan stands as an unforgettable chapter in cricket lore, symbolising the intensity of their rivalry. Hosted at Centurion, South Africa, this high-stakes group-stage match was a spectacle that captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Pakistan, electing to bat first, compiled a challenging total of 273/7, with the help of Saeed Anwar’s 101. In reply, India hit back with Sachin Tendulkar’s majestic innings of 98 being the centerpiece. Tendulkar defied Akhtar’s pace and aggression with a composed 75-ball knock. The match ultimately saw India emerge victorious, and the Tendulkar-Akhtar showdown is remembered as one of the defining moments of the 2003 World Cup, showcasing the essence of cricket’s epic contests and the clash of titans on the world stage.
2011 World Cup (India won by 29 runs)
The India vs Pakistan clash during the 2011 ICC World Cup epitomised the fervor and anticipation surrounding their matchups. Set against the backdrop of the semi-final stage in Mohali, the match held immense significance for both nations. India batted first, made 260/9 bolstered by Sachin Tendulkar’s composed 85 and Suresh Raina’s crucial contribution. Wahab Riaz’s fiery spell and Misbah-ul-Haq’s fightback marked Pakistan’s innings. As the pressure mounted, India’s bowlers, led by the veteran Zaheer Khan, stifled Pakistan’s chase. With a target of 261 to secure a berth in the final, Pakistan fell short by 29 runs, sealing India’s victory. The match resonated with passion, uniting fans and adding another chapter to the rich history of India-Pakistan cricket encounters in the World Cup.
2017 ICC Champions Trophy (Pakistan won by 180 runs)
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan was a historic and unforgettable contest that captured the world’s attention. Set at The Oval in London, this clash in the tournament’s title match showcased the high stakes of their rivalry. Pakistan, batting first, posted a challenging total of 338 runs, with Fakhar Zaman’s impactful century being a standout moment. In response, India suffered a dramatic collapse orchestrated by Mohammad Amir as he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli cheaply. Amir and Hasan Ali’s crucial three-wicket haul propelled Pakistan to a resounding victory.
2004 India tour of Pakistan (India won by 5 runs)
The India vs Pakistan ODI held in Karachi in 2004 is etched in cricket history as a remarkable clash between the arch-rivals. The match, hosted at the National Stadium, Karachi, showcased the intense emotions and fierce competition that define their encounters. India batted first, compiling a competitive total of 349 runs, with Virender Sehwag’s electrifying knock of 79 being the highlight. Pakistan’s response was led by skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq’s century. The match featured a gripping seesaw battle, with both teams delivering memorable performances. Ultimately, India emerged victorious by just five runs, with Ashish Nehra’s crucial wickets in the final overs playing a pivotal role. This ODI encapsulated the spirit of cricket’s greatest rivalry and the unpredictable nature of the sport.