India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015
India holds a dominant 6-0 win-loss record against their neighbors in World Cups, Pakistan is still way ahead with 73 victories to India’s 54, when it comes to the overall ODI record against each other. The 2 teams first met in a World Cup during the 1992 edition and till 2015, we have seen 6 engrossing contests between the two fierce rivals. Here is a quick recap of these clashes which have defined the World Cup rivalry between the teams till date:
– Sydney, 1992: India won by 43 runs
9 years after they had won their maiden World Cup, India faced Pakistan for the 1st time on the sport’s biggest stage. The match was dotted with some impressive performances from Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar who scored 46 and 54* respectively to push India’s total to 216/7. That Pakistan fell short in their pursuit was largely thanks to Javed Miandad’s snail-paced 40 off 110 balls as they kept losing wickets in order to up the ante. One of the highlights of the match was Miandad jumping up and down trying to mimic Kiran More as the stumper kept bugging him with his own choice of words.
– Bengaluru, 1996: India won by 39 runs
India found the unlikeliest of heroes in opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who scored 93, and Venkatesh Prasad (3/45) as they restricted Pakistan to 248/9 after scoring an impressive 287/8. That India was able to post a big total was largely due to a late assault from Ajay Jadeja off the bowling of Waqar Younis, carting him away for 40 runs in his last couple of overs. In what was a quarter-final, a charged-up Prasad uprooting Aamer Sohail’s off-stump, after being sledged and hit for a boundary on the previous ball, has now been etched into the memory of every Indian cricket fan.
– Manchester, 1999: India won by 47 runs
The Kargil War acted as the perfect backdrop as tensions ran high when the 2 teams met each other at the same ground where they will play a day later. Prasad, once again proved his World Cup credentials by picking up a 5-for to skittle Pakistan for 180 after India huffed and puffed on their way to 227/6, helped by dogged half-centuries from Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.
– Centurion, 2003: India won by 6 wickets
Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t have timed his best World Cup knock better even if he wanted to as his blazing 98 off 75 balls blew Pakistan away in a glorious display of ball-striking ability. Pakistan would have thought of breaking their World Cup hoodoo against India after they posted 273/7 helped by Saeed Anwar’s 20th ODI century. But from the time Sachin uppercut Shoaib Akhtar for a six over third-man, Pakistan’s dreams came swiftly crashing down to earth.
– Mohali, 2011: India won by 29 runs
Tendulkar was once again at the forefront by scoring a vital 85 helping his team to 260/9 after Wahab Riaz bowled a searing spell picking up 5 wickets. But the pressure of the chase meant Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Misbah-ul-Haq (56) playing a lone hand. What made the victory taste even sweeter was that India now had reached the final where they beat Sri Lanka to lift the trophy after a long wait of 28 years.
– Adelaide, 2015: India won by 76 runs
As if it was destined to be, the baton of shouldering India’s batting passed on from Sachin to Virat Kohli, who became the 1st from his country to hit a century against their arch-rivals in a World Cup match. Kohli’s 107 propelled India to 300/7 even though Sohail Khan picked a sensational 5-for. In reply, Pakistan was troubled by the bounce and pace of Mohammed Shami, who took 4 wickets including that of veterans Younis Khan, Misbah and Shahid Afridi to break the back of their batting.