India vs Pakistan: Who has the edge in the Asia Cup clash?
India and Pakistan are set to face each other in the opening match of the Asia Cup on Saturday. The two nations have a long-standing rivalry, and their matches in ICC or multi-team tournaments are always highly anticipated due to the political tensions between them. As the teams prepare to clash, let’s take a look at some of the memorable ODIs played between India and Pakistan.
★1996 World Cup (India won by 39 runs): This quarter-final match in the 1996 ICC World Cup showcased the intense rivalry between the two teams. India set a formidable target of 288 runs, with Navjot Singh Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja delivering standout performances. Pakistan’s chase fell short as Indian bowlers restricted them to 248 runs.
★2003 World Cup (India won by 6 wickets): The group-stage match in the 2003 ICC World Cup was a spectacle that captivated cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Pakistan posted a challenging total of 273/7, but India’s Sachin Tendulkar stole the show with a composed innings of 98. India emerged victorious, and the Tendulkar-Akhtar showdown became one of the defining moments of the tournament.
★2011 World Cup (India won by 29 runs): This semi-final match in the 2011 ICC World Cup held immense significance for both nations. India batted first and set a target of 260 runs, with Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina making crucial contributions. Pakistan’s chase fell short by 29 runs, sealing India’s victory and adding another chapter to the rich history of India-Pakistan encounters in the World Cup.
★2017 ICC Champions Trophy (Pakistan won by 180 runs): The final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy was a historic contest that captured the world’s attention. Pakistan posted a challenging total of 338 runs, and their bowlers orchestrated a dramatic collapse in India’s innings, resulting in a resounding victory for Pakistan.
★2004 India tour of Pakistan (India won by 5 runs): This ODI held in Karachi showcased the intense emotions and fierce competition between the arch-rivals. India set a competitive total of 349 runs, with Virender Sehwag delivering an electrifying knock. Pakistan fought back, but India emerged victorious by just five runs.
The India-Pakistan rivalry in cricket has produced countless unforgettable moments, and fans can expect another thrilling encounter in the Asia Cup.
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