The focus is now on the much-anticipated clash between India-Pakistan in the Finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on 18th June at The Oval.
The India-Pakistan rivalry is always one to watch out for. With the teams restricted to face each other only in ICC events, the fans are constantly in store for prevailing tensions and top notch cricketing battle. While there is no dearth of verbal volleys being exchanged, this encounter provides future stars for establishing their stature in the international arena. The tickets for the forthcoming game were sold within few minutes and it is bound to draw innumerable spectators from all across the world, both on the field and on the televisions.
As the teams look forward to clash for the 129th time in ODIs, we take a look at five classic ODI matches between the two countries-
2003 World Cup group stage match at Centurion [Result- India won by 6 wickets]
Arguably the most intriguing clash among the lot, this encounter witnessed a classy innings of 98 from Sachin Tendulkar where he smashed the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Waqar Younis all over the park. Chasing 274, India got off to a blistering start thanks to Sachin-Sehwag, which laid the platform for India’s win. The master missed his deserved century by a couple but India romped home with more than four overs to spare, courtesy of an unbroken 99-run stand between Dravid and Yuvraj. A vivid scene from the match remains Sachin hitting an audacious upper cut off Akhtar for a six, which left the latter bewildered.
1986 Austral-Asia Cup Final at Sharjah [Result- Pakistan won by 1 wicket]
Requiring four off the final ball, Javed Miandad struck Chetan Sharma for a six to win it for Pakistan, need we say more? Triple fifties from Gavaskar, Srikkanth and Vengsarkar ensured India posted 245 in allotted 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals but Miandad waged a lone battle. Chetan had Pakistan nine down in the final over of the innings, but Miandad reserved his special for the last-ball, a six which sent the crowd into a frenzy and haunted the Indian bowler for years to come.
2014 Asia Cup match at Dhaka [Result- Pakistan won by 1 wicket]
Another instance of India racking up 245 on board with half-centuries coming from Rohit, Rayadu and Jadeja, before Pakistan won by 1 wicket with sixes off the final deliveries. With nine required of four balls, Boom Boom Afridi hit Ashwin for consecutive maximums to hand Pakistan a thrilling win with two balls left. While Afridi’s 18-ball 34 won it for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez’s 75 was immensely crucial in the context of the game.
2012 Asia Cup match at Dhaka [Result- India won by 6 wickets]
Twin centuries from openers Hafeez and Jamshed had propelled Pakistan to a huge total of 329. India got off to a horrendous start, losing Gambhir off the very second ball. But a 133-run partnership between Tendulkar and Kohli steadied the ship and ensured India were on course for an epic chase. Though Sachin and Rohit chipped in with fifties, it was a one-man show from Virat Kohli, whose record knock helped India stroll to a comfortable victory in the end. The current Indian skipper was dismissed with India 12 shy of target, but not before he had scored a brilliant 183.
1987 Pakistan tour of India, 3rd ODI at Hyderabad [Result- India won on virtue of losing fewer wickets]
In a 44-over affair, India invited to bat, were reduced to 95/4, but managed to score 212/6 with the fifties coming from Ravi Shastri and Kapil Dev. Chasing 213, Pakistan were the front-runners to clinch the tie at 197/4. But the wicket of Imran Khan proved to a body blow and ultimately, they required two to win off the final ball. Abdul Qadir’s unnecessary attempt to run a second brought his downfall as the scores were tied at the end of allotted overs. India were declared the winners as they lost fewer wickets. Incidentally, Pakistan would have won had Qadir not ran himself out as both the teams would have had lost 6 wickets each, but Pakistan had scored more runs at the 25-over mark.