Five of the best: India, Pakistan T20 rivalry revisited | Cricket News

India and Pakistan are set to renew their cricket rivalry once they meet of their T20 World Cup opener in Melbourne on Sunday.

It will likely be the twelfth time that each groups will face one another in cricket’s shortest format.

India maintain a transparent lead within the head-to-head report, with 9 wins towards Pakistan’s three.

Nonetheless, Pakistan have received two of the final three matches between the 2 sides.

Here’s a have a look at 5 of essentially the most thrilling T20 matches between these two.

Remaining, World T20 2007 (Johannesburg)

A World Cup remaining between India and Pakistan, a last-over end, an improvised shot gone mistaken.

It was pretty much as good as a cricket remaining might get.

The match introduced unbridled pleasure to India and heartbreak to Pakistan, this encounter from the primary ever T20 World Cup in South Africa is arguably their most epic match within the shortest format of the sport.

MS Dhoni selected to bat first towards Pakistan’s much-fancied bowling lineup. His crew ended up setting a goal of 158, because of a 54-ball 75 from Gautam Gambhir and a late blitz by Rohit Sharma. Pakistan’s chase was staggered with a daily lack of wickets earlier than Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq managed to place it again on monitor.

With six wanted off the final 4 balls, Misbah scooped Joginder Sharma however was caught at brief fine-leg. It resulted in one of the iconic pictures in cricket historical past: Misbah crouched on the pitch in disbelief as Indian gamers erupt in pleasure round him.

It was the match that endeared the T20 format to tens of millions of Indian cricket followers and subsequently bankrolled tens of millions of {dollars} into the sport within the type of the Indian Premier League in 2008.

India’s gamers have fun their victory as Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq walks off the sphere after the World Twenty20 cricket remaining [Mike Hutchings/Reuters]

Group match, T20 World Cup 2021 (Dubai)

Pakistan went into this recreation with the ignominious report of getting by no means overwhelmed India in a World Cup match.

The pre-match evaluation positioned India as favourites based mostly on this report and India’s rating.

With a robust bowling lineup led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam selected to discipline first.

Afridi, who has a knack for selecting up wickets in his first over, removed KL Rahul off the fourth supply and Rohit Sharma in his second over. India managed to succeed in 157.

Pakistan’s batting boasted the highest T20-opening pair of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan. The openers lived as much as their repute and took Pakistan dwelling for an astonishing 10-wicket win that left the followers and pundits befuddled.

Pakistan had lastly damaged the World Cup curse towards India.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi ran rampage towards the Indian high order of their 2021 T20 World Cup [Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters]

Group match, T20 World Cup 2007 (Durban)

The inaugural T20 World Cup produced two thrilling finishes in cricket’s most intense rivalry. Whereas the ultimate took the limelight, India and Pakistan performed one other intently fought match within the group levels. In actual fact, it was as shut because it might get – a tie.

India’s whole of 141 was constructed round Robin Uthappa’s half-century, and contributions from captain MS Dhoni and all-rounder Irfan Pathan. Mohammad Asif, Pakistan’s wily fast-bowler, took 4 wickets for 18 runs.

For Pakistan, many of the runs got here from Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Shoaib Malik. Pakistan drew degree on runs with two balls to go, when Misbah was runout.

As a substitute of a brilliant over, the principles then stipulated {that a} tie be damaged with a bowl-out – cricket’s model of penalties. India’s bowlers hit the stumps on their first three makes an attempt whereas Pakistan missed all three, handing India a uncommon bowl-out win of 3-0.

India beat Pakistan 3-0 in a five-ball bowl-out to resolve their match after the match had completed in a tie [Rogan Ward/Reuters]

Tremendous 4, Asia Cup 2022 (Dubai)

This was the groups’ second assembly within the Asia Cup 2022, with India recording a five-wicket win within the group levels.

Each groups superior to the Tremendous Fours, the place they needed to win two matches to have an opportunity of qualifying for the ultimate.

Within the 2021 World Cup win, Pakistan have been aided by the brilliance of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s bowling, and the unbreakable Babar-Rizwan partnership. This time round Afridi was injured and Babar was dealing with a dip in type.

India appeared snug towards Pakistan’s tempo assault till Haris Rauf dismissed Rohit Sharma. It was then right down to Pakistan’s spinners to limit India, who completed at 181-7.

Pakistan needed to depend on their lower-order lineup of all-rounders and massive hitters in an effort to avenge their group-stage loss within the event. Mohammad Nawaz got here to the rescue with a 20-ball 41 as Pakistan received dwelling with one ball to spare in a tense end.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz’s rear guard motion took Pakistan dwelling [Satish Kumar/Reuters]

Asia Cup 2016 (Mirpur)

India got here into this match as favourites with a star-studded lineup and good latest type.

When MS Dhoni put Pakistan into bat, he wouldn’t have predicted his opponents to fold as rapidly as they did. Other than Khurram Manzoor’s 10 and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s 25, not one of the Pakistan batters reached double figures.

India had a seemingly straightforward activity in entrance of them, chasing Pakistan’s 83. However Mohammad Amir, the left-arm quick bowler making his worldwide return after serving his spot-fixing ban, had different plans. He dismissed each Indian openers in his first over after which Suresh Raina in his second, to go away India at 8-3 in three overs.

This was when Virat Kohli took over the job of rebuilding India’s chase and noticed out Amir. Kohli was dismissed on 49, however he had taken India inside eight runs of the whole. India ended up profitable by 5 wickets.

India received the 2016 Asia Cup match by 5 wickets [Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

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