It was just a couple of weeks ago, India rode to a comfortable victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. An India-Pakistan match is not just any other cricket match to fans of both the countries, but an emotion. Both the countries come to a standstill when the two rivals face each other, and this coming Sunday won’t be any different. India and Pakistan face each other, once again, in this year’s Champions Trophy final. Undoubtedly a match made in heaven.
To add to the excitement of the upcoming final, here are 10 unforgettable moments from India-Pakistan clashes.
22 March 1985, Match 1 Rothman’s four-nation Cup, Sharjah
India, batting first against a formidable Pakistan bowling line up, could only manage a meager 125 runs in 42.4 overs with M. Azharuddin top scoring with 47 off 93 balls. The Indian seemed to have no answers to the bowling of Imran Khan who finished with figures of 6-14. Like every India-Pakistan match, the stadium was jam packed with people wanting to witness the legendary clash. Pakistan was on their way for an easy victory over India, but cricket has always had the reputation of being unpredictable. Chasing a straight win, Pakistan were wrapped up for an embarrassing 87 runs.
The sixer that made Javed Miandad rich, Austral-Asia Cup final, 18 April 1986, Sharjah
Batting first, India scored a decent 245. Little did the cricketing world know that this would have a been life to change match in the life of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad. Pakistan was in a state of bother, wickets kept falling at one end while Miandad tried to hold things together. It all came down to the last ball, Pakistan needing 4 to win. Miandad was on strike and he made the most use of the opportunity and sent the ball flying into the stands. Javed Miandad finished with 116* off 114 balls.
Pakistan tour of India, 2nd ODI, 18th Feb 1987, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
India set a formidable target of 238 for the rivals to chase, with the help of a century from K. Srikkanth. Soon, Pakistan were 5 wickets down for 161 runs, and the fans were ready to witness another victory by Team India. Things took a U-turn when Saleem Malik began smashing boundary after boundary. After scoring major bulk of the remaining runs, Malik(72* off 36 balls) led Pakistan to a 2 wicket victory with 3 balls to spare.
Javed Miandad makes headlines again, 1992 World Cup
This was one of the most unforgettable moments in the history of the India-Pakistan cricket. There was a heated conversation between Miandad and the then Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More. A few balls later, Miandad starting jumping up and down comically, making fun of More’s gestures and appeals behind the stumps.
10 wickets to Kumble, India-Pakistan test, 8th Feb 1999, Delhi
After a good start, Pakistan looked determined to win the second innings. India bought in their best leg spinner, Anil Kumble, and we all know what happened then. Kumble single handedly wrapped up the whole Pakistan batting lineup, and India nailed the match.
Asian Test Championship, 1999
The India-Pakistan match in the Asian Test Championship was witness to many amazing performances like Saeed Anwar’s 188, Shoaib Akthar’s 4/71 and 4/47 in respective innings. But none of this was what made the match famous. Sachin Tendulkar, batting in the second innings, was adjourned run out, and the fans wanted to hear or see no more. Chaos and riot erupted and the stands had to clear by police. However, the match resumed and Pakistan won the match by 46 runs.
India-Pakistan, 2003 World Cup, Centurion Park
Chasing Pakistan first innings score of 273, Indian were going steady despite the early loss of Sehwag and a first ball duck to Saurav Ganguly, all thanks to Sachin’s Tendulkar’s 98 off 76 balls and the run rate was under control. Upon the loss of Tendulkar, India still required 100 runs and it was, now, all up to Dravid and Yuvraj to take India home, which they did. If they were able to stay focused, India would have had to face an embarrassing loss to Pakistan.
The Afridi Show, India Pakistan ODI series, 2005
India was leading the series 2-0 and going into the 3rd ODI at Kanpur, India was sure favorites to win the match. However, Pakistan cricket team made an amazing comeback, all thanks to Shahid Afridi. Chasing 250 against India, Pakistan started with Afridi, who wasted no time in smashing the Indian bowlers all around the park, scoring 102 off just 46 balls, the second fastest ODI century at that time. Afridi was dismissed on 131 but Pakistan went on to win the win the match.
India-Pakistan bowl out, ICC World T20 2007
It was the first ICC T20 World Cup and India met Pakistan in the group stage matches. It was the first ever T20 India-Pakistan match, and both teams ended up having the same score, resulting in a tiebreaker in the form of a bowl out. India did very well hitting the stumps with all their tries. Whereas Pakistan ended up failing to hit the wicket even once.
India win the T20 World Cup, 2007
Following the bowl out, India-Pakistan met again, this time in the finals of the 2007 t20 World Cup. Pakistan required 13 off the last over, with Misbah Ul Haq on strike. The Indian captain MSD made a move that took everyone by surprise and decided to give the ball to medium pacer, Joginder Sharma. Misbah tried to scoop the bowler over the keepers head but ended up being caught at deep fine leg. India was crowned the T20 Champions and this victory saw the rise of MS Dhoni as a captain.
It was 10 years ago, in 2007, that India beat Pakistan to win the inaugural T20 World Cup. India Pakistan will once again lock in another final, this time in the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy.
India has an excellent record against Pakistan in ICC tournament, but overall in ODI’s the Men In Green have dominated India.
This is going to be a hell of a match, no doubt to that. Best of luck to both teams and may the best team win!
The article was written and submitted by Deepak Murali.