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India v Pakistan – always the biggest draw

India and Pakistan have played out a number of matches in ICC events and though India have a better record, it’s always even before an Indo-Pak match starts

India v Pakistan – always the biggest draw - Cricket News
India v Pakistan matches, especially at ICC events, are always guaranteed to entertain.
India met Pakistan for the first time at an ICC Cricket World Cup in Sydney in 1992. It had taken 17 years and five editions for cricket’s most colourful rivalry to be played out on the biggest cricketing stage, though since then, the teams have met more regularly in ICC events.   

India holds a distinct edge over Pakistan in global head-to-heads. It has won all five matches in ICC Cricket World Cup history, and won one and tied another – which it won in a bowl-out – in the ICC World Twenty20. Pakistan, on the other hand, has won both showdowns in the ICC Champions Trophy.   

As is to be expected, the teams have played out some classics. Ahead of their Super Eights match in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Sunday, here’s a look back at India v Pakistan matches in ICC events.   

ICC Cricket World Cup   
1. March 4, 1992 (SCG): The first match between the teams in ICC events was a match full of drama. On a sluggish surface, India found it hard to make the running after Mohammad Azharuddin won the toss, Sachin Tendukar’s 54 and a late flurry from Kapil Dev which netted 35 off 26 deliveries taking it to a modest 216 for 7. The match was reduced to 49 overs-a-side due to Pakistan’s slow over rate, and even as wickets fell around him, Aamer Sohail shored up the chase. However, Javed Miandad consumed 110 deliveries for 40 as India got on top and completed a 43-run victory. Pakistan crashed to 173 all out, and Tendulkar was named the Man of the Match.     

2. March 9, 1996 (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore): Wasim Akram, the captain, pulled out of the quarter-final with an injury just before the match, and India pulled off a brilliant victory in front of a huge crowd in a match which had all the trappings of an India-Pakistan classic. Navjot Singh Sidhu fuelled India’s charge with 93 and Ajay Jadeja applied the finishing touches with a 25-ball 45, which included a spectacular assault on Waqar Younis. India’s 287 for 8 looked in danger when openers Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar put on 84 in no time, but when Sohail lost his concentration after a spat with Venkatesh Prasad, India came roaring back to restrict Pakistan to 248 for 9, and seal a 39-run win. It was Pakistan’s first loss to India since the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992, and the first defeat in India since 1987.   

3. June 8, 1999 (Old Trafford, Manchester): In conditions tailor-made for swing bowling, Venkatesh Prasad helped India extend its hold over Pakistan in a Super Sixes contest that didn’t rise to any great heights. India laboured to 227 for 6 from 50 overs on the back of half-centuries from Rahul Dravid and Mohamamd Azharuddin as the wickets were shared around. Pakistan’s innings went nowhere once Shahid Afridi, Ijaz Ahmed and Salim Malik were accounted for by Javagal Srinath and Prasad, who finished with 5 for 27 and the Man of the Match award. Pakistan folded up for 180, leaving India victors by 47 runs.   

4. March 1, 2003 (Super Sport Park, Centurion): An absolute ripper, played out in front of a boisterous crowd which whipped up a tremendous atmosphere at what was a neutral venue. Old nemesis Saeed Anwar held Pakistan together with a stylish century and at the interval, Pakistan would have been quietly confident, having posted 273 for 7. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, though, had other ideas, posting 50 in just five overs before Waqar Younis knocked over Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly in successive deliveries. Tendulkar, however, was unstoppable, producing sublime attacking batting and closing in on a memorable century when he was undone by a snorter from Shoaib Akhtar. At 177 for 4, the game was still in the balance, but Rahul Dravid guided Yuvraj Singh through the turbulent phase. India romped to 276 for 4 with 4.2 overs to spare, completing a six-wicket triumph.   

5. March 30, 2011 (PCA Stadium, Mohali): It was a nervy, edgy battle, understandably so because a place in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 was at stake. Virender Sehwag smashed Umar Gul around as India made a bright start, but Saeed Ajmal’s introduction changed the complexion of the innings. Sachin Tendulkar escaped being dismissed leg before after reviewing the decision, narrowly missed being stumped the following delivery and was dropped four times on his way to 85 but Wahab Riaz stymied India’s progress with 5 for 46. Suresh Raina’s cameo towards the end lifted India to 260 for 9. Pakistan was never seriously in the hunt, losing set batsmen at key moments. All five bowlers on view picked up two wickets apiece as Pakistan fell well short despite Misbah-ul-Haq’s late fireworks, India winner by 29 runs as Pakistan was dismissed in the final over for 231.       

ICC Champions Trophy   
1. September 19, 2004 (Edgbaston): In a match dominated by the quicker bowlers, Pakistan snapped a three-match losing streak against India in ICC events with a three-wicket victory, fashioned by the pace of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Akhtar and completed by the composure of Yousuf Youhana. India mustered only 200 after being put in, the only meaningful contributions being Rahul Dravid’s measured 67 and a late flurry from Ajit Agarkar that lifted the team from the depths of 106 for 6. Irfan Pathan struck thrice in his first spell to reduce Pakistan to 27 for 3, but Inzamam-ul-Haq lent Youhana support during a stand of 75 for the fourth wicket. Youhana batted through to remain unbeaten on 81 when victory was achieved in the final over.   

2. September 26, 2009 (Super Sport Park, Centurion): At the same venue where it had lost a group match in the ICC World Cup 2003, Pakistan exacted a measure of revenge with a comfortable 54-run win in a Group A clash. Shoaib Malik smashed 128 and Mohammad Yousuf 87 as Pakistan hammered the Indian bowling, amassing 302 for 9. Sachin Tendulkar fell early but Gautam Gambhir lashed the bowling until being run out to a huge misjudgement and Younis Khan’s alacrity. Rahul Dravid, recalled to the one-day side with the bouncy pitches in South Africa in mind, tried to keep the chase going but had very little support apart from Suresh Raina’s 46. India was bowled out for 248 with more than five overs left.     

ICC World Twenty20   
1. September 14, 2007 (Kingsmead, Durban): After 40 overs, there was nothing that separated the teams, Pakistan replying to India’s 141 for 9 with 141 for 7. Pakistan needed one off the last delivery for victory but Misbah-ul-Haq was run out going for the winning run, leading to the first bowl-out in ICC World Twenty20 history. India was on target all three times – through Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa – while Pakistan missed all its three attempts, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi all embarrassingly off target. It was a tie alright, but India pocketed the points after its bowl-out victory.   

2. September 24, 2007 (New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg): The only India-Pakistan final in ICC events was a classic as fortunes ebbed and flowed in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2007. Gautam Gambhir’s racy 75 and Rohit Sharma’s muscular 16-ball 30 took India to 157 for 5, a total that looked secure as Rudra Pratap Singh dismissed Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal in his first two overs. Pakistan looked out for the count at 77 for 6 after 11.4 but once again, Misbah-ul-Haq stood tall with support from Yasir Arafat and Sohail Tanvir. Pakistan needed 13 off the last over with one wicket standing when Mahendra Singh Dhoni surprisingly turned to the inexperienced Joginder Sharma. Misbah hit a huge six and brought it down to six from four, but walked across his stumps in trying to scoop Joginder over short fine and only ended up presenting Sreesanth with a simple catch. Pakistan had been dismissed for 152 and the five-run win crowned India champions.      

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