ICC Champions Trophy India vs Pakistan, Top Most Memorable Clashes.
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy has reached its final leg and there couldn’t be an exciting game for fans across the globe than one between the teams that have reached the finals. On paper, it’s the defending champions taking on the World No. 8 side. Away from it, it’s India versus Pakistan. If there are three words in the Indian sub-continent that can turn anyone’s attention at one go, it’s bound to be this.
The tension and rivalry have often brought the best out of the teams as well. looks at such top five encounters.
1. 1986 Australasia Cup; Pakistan won by 1 wicket
This was the inaugural edition of the Australasia Cup, where India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand participated.
India and Pakistan faced off in the final at Sharjah on April 18. Pakistan, after having elected to field, restricted India to 245/7. In reply, Pakistan won the final with a thrilling one-wicket victory over their arch rivals. Even though the most of the Pakistan team failed to contribute, it was Javed Miandad all the way as he helped his side earn a famous win, finishing with a magnificent six off a full-toss from Chetan Sharma.
2. 1996 World Cup quarterfinal; India won by 39 runs
India came into this match having lost just two games in the group stage, against Australia and Sri Lanka.
Coming into the match, India won the toss and decided to bat, posting a defendable total of 287/ 8. Navjot Singh Sidhu top scored with 93, with Ajay Jadeja scoring 45.
Pakistan, in reply, struggled through their way as they lost wickets at regular intervals and finished their innings at 248/9, as Aamer Sohail top-scored with 55.
This win ensured India’s place in the semifinals, where they eventually lost to Sri Lanka.
3. 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup; India won by 6 wickets
This was without doubt one of India’s most successful World Cup campaigns. Playing their last group game against Pakistan, India came to this match having lost just one match against Australia in the league stage.
After winning the toss, the Men in Blue put Pakistan in to bat first. Pakistan lost wickets early into the match, but opener Saeed Anwar’s 174-ball 101 ensured Pakistan post a total of 273/7.
India too, lost a couple of wickets at the start but a hundred run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Kaif proved crucial in the run chase. In the end, India finished the match in the 46th over, winning by 6 wickets. Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged Man of the Match for his 98, as he just fell 2 runs short of a century.
4. 2004 ICC Champions Trophy; Pakistan won by 3 wickets
Twelve teams competed in this edition of the tournament in England, as teams were divided into four groups of three teams each. India was grouped with Kenya and Pakistan.
Both teams defeated Kenya in their first matches, and this match was a decider, as the winner would advance to the semifinals.
India’s performance was below par, and nobody got the innings going, as they lost wickets right from the first over. However, Rahul Dravid (67) and Ajit Agarkar (47) helped India post 200.
Pakistan, too, started losing wickets from the first over, but Yousuf Youhana’s (now Mohammad Yousuf) 81 and a 41 run contribution by Inzamam-ul-Haq took Pakistan home, as they won by 3 wickets.
5. 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal; India won by 29 runs
India came to this World Cup as clear favorites. After having knocked out the then defending champions Australia in the quarter-final at the Motera Stadium, it was time to face Pakistan in the semifinal at Mohali. Both teams had very good sides and came into the match with high confidence.
India won the toss and elected to bat first. After Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the first ones to depart, Sachin Tendulkar held his nerves to score 85, which eventually was the top score of the innings. His innings proved crucial as India posted a total of 260/9 in 50 overs.
During Pakistan’s innings, the Indian bowlers never gave their opponents time to settle and did the right thing by getting wickets at regular intervals. Misbah-ul-Haq (56) was the top scorer for them as Pakistan lost by 29 runs, thus continuing their winless run against India in World Cups. Each bowler who bowled that day got two wickets each. With this win, India advanced to the final against Sri Lanka and eventually went on to win their first World Cup in 28 years.