The hype around India-Pakistan match has always been high. It is one match which generally creates a buzz all around the two nations, with lots of news coming in over people’s reactions. In the ICC Champion Trophy 2017, India and Pakistan, both defeated their counterparts Bangladesh and England in semi-finals and now will be having a final showdown on Sunday.
However, this is not the first time that both the nations will compete with each other. Previously, the have faced each other in many of the different stages and had a remarkable play. Though the final between India and Pakistan on Sunday is going to add on to the list of clashes between two nations, it will be more interesting to peep into some of the memorable past matches between the two countries.
1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship
Melbourne witnessed the finals of Benson and Hedges World Championship in 1985 where India was up against Pakistan and won the match by 8 wickets. Within 50 overs, Pakistan set the target at 176, for India. The match took a perfect start with Ravi Shastri and Srikanth playing fiercely. The openers notched up a hundred-run stand before Srikanth was undone by Imran Khan for 67.
1986 Australasia Cup
The 1986 Australasia cup which held in Sharjah, proved to be victorious for Pakistan. It was the inaugural edition of Australasia Cup in which India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand participated. However, It was India and Pakistan who made it to finals and Pakistan won by one wicket.
1994 Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup
Pakistan, in this match, chose to bat first and set the scoreboard for India at 250/6 in 50 overs. India began the chase but due to the loss of wickets, it finished early at 211. Ultimately, Pakistan won the cup.
1996 World Cup Quarter Final
The match which was held at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was full of an uproar when India beat Pakistan by 39 runs in the second quarter-final of the World Cup. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja together played a quickfire game. Pakistan also had a good start but later on, they kept losing wickets.
2007 World T20
The match till date has been one the interesting of all, which was on the verge of shattering the dreams of the Indian team. But, it somehow proved to be lucky for India, who set the target at 158 for Pakistan. Initially, it became a difficult task for Pakistan to cope up with the target as 7 wickets were already down at 104 but Misbah-ul-Haq took the game forward. It is when 6 runs were required for 4 balls and the game took a turn with the straight delivery of ball into Sreesanth’s hands.
2011 World Cup semi-final
India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the semi-finals at Mohali and knocked the team out of the tournament. Sachin Tendulkar’s score helped India to set the target at 260/9 within 50 overs. However, Pakistan lost the plot and ended up with losing.