New Delhi: India vs Pakistan clash has always been more than a game as sentiments of people from all walks of life in both the countries are attached to it. It is also one of the most-watched contests in the history of cricket. The rivalry goes back to 1952 when Pakistan gained Test status and had India as their first opponents. The generations of cricketers and fans passed, but the intensity of rivalry and passion for the game in both the countries remained same.
The arch-rivals, who recently clashed at the Asia Cup T20, will again face each other on Saturday in the ICC World Twenty20 match at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
India can take cue from the fact that the statistics heavily support them when it comes to their contests against Pakistan at the ICC World Cups (any format) as the former never lost a match.
However, Pakistan should not lose their heart as they have been a supremely dominant force against India at the Eden Gardens. They locked horns against each other for 11 times at the ground. While Pakistan emerged triumphants on 5 occasions, India were victorious only one time. The five encounters resulted in a draw.
Ahead of the mouth-watering clash on Saturday, CricketNext takes you down the memory lane when the two teams clashed against each other in the ICC tournaments:
India vs Pakistan in 50-over ICC tournaments
Venue: The Sydney Cricket Ground
India won by 43 runs
It was the first time when the two sides met at a World Cup match. Batting first, under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin, India posted 216 runs, thanks to an unbeaten knock of 54 off 62 by Sachin Tendulkar. It seemed an easy ride for Pakistan, but classic bowling spells by Kapil Dev (2 for 30), Manoj Prabhakar (2 for 22) and Jawagal Srinath (2 for 37) helped India restrict Imran Khan-led Pakistan to 173 and win the match by 43 runs.
Venue: The M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
India won by 39 runs
One of the memorable contests in the history of India-Pakistan cricket – the World Cup 1996 quarter-final match at a packed M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Bating first, opener Navjot Singh Sidhu scored an authoritative 93 off 115 balls to lay a strong foundation for India’s win. After that, middle-order batsman Ajay Jadeja chipped in with a 25-ball 45 in closing stages to take India to a mammoth score of 287 for 8.
Pakistan were left with a mountain to climb.
Chasing the target, Pakistan responded with an aggressive batting. Openers Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail gave Pakistan a flying start and stitched a 84-run opening wicket partnership. But a fine bowling by Anil Kumble (3 for 48) and Venkatesh Prasad (3 for 45) helped India restrict Pakistan to 248. India won the match by 39 runs. This was Javed Miandad’s sixth and final World Cup and final ODI too.
Venue: The Old Trafford, Manchester
India won by 47 runs
Azharuddin-led India batted first for the third consecutive World Cup game. After a fine 45 off 65 by opener Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid (61 off 86) and Azharuddin (59 off 77) took India to a modest total of 227 for six wickets.
Pakistan’s batting once again let them down as they succumbed to the pace duo –Venkatesh Prasad (5 for 27) and Javagal Srinath (3 for 37). Pakistan were bowled out for 180 in 45.3 overs. India won the match by 47 runs.
Venue: The SuperSport Park, Centurion
India won by 6 wickets
This time Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Always a threat to India, opener Saeed Anwar carried on his brilliant show and scored a magnificent 101 off 126 balls and powered Pakistan to a challenging 273 for 7.
But the happiness in the Pakistan dressing room was shortlived. Anwar’s heroics was soon eclipsed by Sachin Tendulkar, who hit a superb 98 off 75 balls. Dravid (44*) and Yuvraj Singh (50*) also played crucial knocks to help India seal a six-wicket victory with 26 balls to spare.
Venue: The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
India won by 29 runs
MS Dhoni won the toss and put Pakistan in to bowl in a crunch semi-final at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar once again rose to the occasion and played a vital knock of 85 off 115 balls. After Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (38 off 25) set the stage, it was Suresh Raina (36 not out) and Dhoni (25) who propelled India to a fighting total of 260 for nine. For Pakistan, left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz claimed 5 for 46.
Pakistan’s response was typical. After openers provided them a solid start, the middle-order crumbled before the Indian attack. Apart from Misbah-ul-Haq (56), Mohammad Hafeez (43) and Asad Shafiq (30), none of the Pakistan batsmen could stay for long at crease. All five Indian bowlers picked up two wickets each to guide India to a 29-run victory.
Venue: The Adelaide Oval
India won by 76 runs
MS Dhoni once again won the toss and opted to bat at the jam-packed Adelaide Oval. Virat Kohli (107 off 126) scored an imperious century in front of a passionate crowd of 41,587. Apart from Kohli, it was Shikhar Dhawan (73 off 76) and Suresh Raina (74 off 56) who sent Pakistan bowlers to the leather hunt and took India to a mammoth 300 for 7.
Chasing 301, Pakistan were off to a poor start as they lost Younis Khan (6) early. Ahmed Shehzad (47) and Haris Sohail (36) stitched 68 runs for the second wicket but a fiery spell from Mohammed Shami (4 for 35) saw Pakistan batsmen surrender and the team was bundled out for 224 in 47 overs. India cruised to an easy 76-run victory.
ICC World Twenty20s:
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
India won (3-0) in the bowl-out
The nail-biting Group D match between the two teams of the inaugural edition of the World T20 tournament will stay in everyone’s memory for a long time. Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had won the toss and put Indian in to bat. India, riding on Robin Uthappa’s 50 off 39 and MS Dhoni’s 33 off 31, scored 141 for 9 in 20 overs.
In reply, Pakistan lost their four wickets inside 50 runs. Apart from Misbah-ul-Haq (53 off 35), none of the Pakistan batsmen could stay at crease for long. Pakistan needed 12 runs off 6 balls. Dhoni handed the ball to Sreesanth. Misbah smashed him for two boundaries but a run-out on the last ball of innings saw the scores tied and the match went into bowl-out.
In the bowl-out, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa were on target for India, while none of the Pakistanis could hit the stump. India won the match 3-0 via bowl-out.
Venue: The New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
India won by 5 runs
India faced Pakistan for the second time in the same tournament. It was also the first time when India and Pakistan met in the final of an ICC tournament. MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat in the summit clash. Batting first, India, buoyed by opener Gautam Gambhir’s 75 off 54 balls, posted 157 for 5.
Chasing the target, Pakistan were off to a dismal start as they lost opener Mohammad Hafeez (1) and Kamran Akmal (0) cheaply. Misbah-ul-Haq (43) and Younis Khan (24) showed some grit and took the match to the final over.
Pakistan needed 13 in the last over. Despite an over left for the experienced Harbhajan, Captain Cool Dhoni decided to give the ball to Joginder Sharma, who had impressed him by taking two wickets in the final over of the innings against Australia in the semi-final of the tournament.
A wrong call by the captain could have cost India the trophy. Joginder started with a wide delivery, then a dot. Misbah then hit a full toss for a six. Six runs off four balls looked a simple target for Pakistan, but Joginder’s magic worked for Dhoni. On the very next ball, Misbah went for a scoop which landed safely in Sreesanth’s hands at short fine leg. The happiness of Indian players knew no bounds as they burst into wild celebrations for being the first world Twenty20 champions.
Venue: The R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
India won by 8 wickets
Pakistan, led by Mohammad Hafeez, won the toss and opted to bat. Decision of batting didn’t work out for Pakistan as they were bowled out for a modest total of 128 in 19.4 overs, thanks to Indian pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji (3 for 22) and Ashwin and Yuvraj, who claimed two wickets apiece.
In reply, Virat Kohil led from the front with an unbeaten 78 off 61 balls and guided India to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan.
Venue: The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
India won by 7 wickets
Pakistan were put in to bat in the 13th match of the Group-2 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Umar Akmal (33 off 30) and Ahmed Shehzad (22 off 17) were the top scorers for their team and took it to 130 for 7 in 20 overs.
The target seemed a cakewalk for India. Chasing 131, Rohit Sharma (24 off 21) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 28) set the platform for India with a 54-run opening partnership. After the openers departed, it was Virat Kohli (36 off 32) and Suresh Raina (35 off 28) who took Pakistan bowlers to cleaners and powered India to a resounding seven-wicket victory.