India and Pakistan lock horns in Dubai for their Group A encounter at the Asia Cup. Sparks fly and emotions are on the rise when the Asian powerhouses meet each other. This will be the first time that the teams meet after the ICC Champions Trophy finals in June last year.
With hours left for the neighbors to take on each other in a high-pressure game, let’s take a look at five memorable ODI encounters between the two.
1. Tendulkar’s masterclass at the 2003 World Cup
All World Cup encounters are high-pressure but an India- Pakistan World Cup game surpasses even that. At the 2003 WC, Sachin Tendulkar produced a 98-run masterclass against the best Pakistani fast bowling line-up – Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar.
India not only won the game but made it to the Super Six stage and knocked out Pakistan from the tournament.
2. Imran Khan 6/14 goes in vain
At Sharjah, Imran Khan ripped through India’s batting line with figures of 6/14. This figure remained his best bowling figure at the end of his career. The Indian side was reduced to a paltry 125.
The efforts of the left-arm seamer were fruitless. What followed was an intense low scoring thriller as the Pakistani side skittled for an even meeker 87 runs. But, Imran Khan was awarded the Player of the Match for his bowling excellence.
3. Another gem from Sharjah
One that would evoke bitter memories for Indian fans. The last ball thriller that resulted in Javed Miandad being proclaimed a national hero.
Pakistan needed 4 off the last ball with Javed Miandad on the crease. Bowler Chetan Sharma probably attempting a yorker, missed his length and bowled a full toss. And the ball cruised over the boundary for a maximum. Pakistan won the game and Miandad was celebrated as a national hero in Pakistan.
4. War of words between Sohail and Prasad
Another World Cup encounter from 1996 that was played in Bengaluru. The game is remembered for the sledging antiques between Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad. Sohail hit Prasad to extra cover for four after reaching his fifty. Then he went on to point his bat at the bowler and then towards the balls as if to say “Go fetch the ball”. The very next ball, he tried to play the same shot, missed the ball and was bowled. But Prasad was ready to give back the same treatment that he received. And a war of words ensued between the two.
5. Fakhar Zaman’s high-pressure classic
The most recent encounter that ended in heartbreak for India. Not only did they lose out to arch-rivals, but they also lost out on the Champions Trophy.
Opener Fakhar Zaman playing in his fourth international innings decimated the Indian bowlers to score 114 off 106 balls in the high-pressure finals. Indian bowlers were unable to restrict the Pakistani batsmen and they amassed a whopping 338 for 4 wickets in 50 overs. Chasing a big total, Indian batsmen collapsed to 54 for 5 and eventually fell 180 runs short of the title.
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