There are very few things in life that are as intense as the cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan. This rivalry, like most great rivalries, have their history in politics and thus every time they face each other, it is an all-out war. As tensions grip these cricket loving nations and people get ready for the two innings that guarantee to be a nail biter, here’s a look back at all the India vs Pakistan World Cup Matches so far!
India has gone up against Pakistan 6 times in the World Cup, winning all of them! In T20 World Cups, India faced Pakistan 5 times, beating them all 5 times as well. In the 2019 World Cup, India and Pakistan are going to face each other for the 7th time in the 50 over World Cup. In all these years, there have been some truly iconic matches in these World Cups.
Here are some of the most memorable matches between India and Pakistan (World Cup)
1996 WORLD CUP QUARTERFINAL
- Stadium: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
- Result: India beat Pakistan by 39 runs.
India beat Pakistan in the second quarter-final of the 1996 world cup.
Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble took 3 wickets each while Navjot Singh Sidhu scored 115 runs off 93 balls. Ajay Jadeja’s brisk 45 off 25 balls led India to victory.
2003 WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE
- Stadium: Supersport Park, Centurion, South Africa.
- Result: India won by 6 wickets.
Sachin Tendulkar was the Player of the Series in this World Cup, and if you remember this match, you already know why. Sachin’s onslaught of Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling is a treat to remember. It started right from the second over of India’s chase. In the last three deliveries of that over, Tendulkar hit Akhtar for a 6,4,4. However, Akhtar managed to take Sachin’s wicket when he was on 98.
2007 WORLD T20 FINAL
- Stadium: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
- Result: India beat Pakistan by 5 runs.
India became the champions in the first ever T20 tournament by beating arch-rivals Pakistan. Although India gave Pakistan a target of 158 with Gambir scoring a crucial 75 runs off 76 balls. Despite building any strong partnerships, Misbah-ul-Haq was keeping Pakistan’s hopes alive till Indian skipper MS Dhoni did something unpredictable. Dhoni handed over the last over to Joginder Sharma who pretty much won India the cup. 6 runs to win and Misbah hits a loose shot caught by Sreesanth and the celebrations began!
2011 WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL
- Stadium: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
- Result: India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.
Playing at home, India was one of the favourites going into ICC World Cup 2011. It was Sachin’s last world cup and what a goodbye! India won the toss and elected to bat. The Master Blaster scored 85 runs thus securing a target of 261 for Pakistan. Wahab Riaz hurt India with his 5 wicket haul but the match was far from over. Starting out steadily with Mohammed Hafeez scoring 43 runs off 59 balls, the wickets tumbled. Despite Misbah 56 run stand, Pakistan lost the match.
Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh picked up 2 wickets each demolishing the Pakistan batting line up.
2-time winners and the defending champions, team India eyes to clench their consecutive ICC Champions Trophy win. Can Pakistan win their first ever ICC CT?
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