An India vs Pakistan clash has always been more than a game with emotions running high among people from both countries. It is also one of the most-watched contests in the history of the game. The rivalry goes back to 1952 when Pakistan gained Test status and had India as their first opponents. The generations of cricketers and fans passed, but the intensity of rivalry and passion for the game remained the same.
India and Pakistan have played a total of 128 ODI matches against each other with the latter having an upper hand overall with 72 wins. In ICC tournaments, however, a win against India remains elusive for the men in green. Below is a compilation the 5 most memorable matches played between the arch-rivals.
March 22, 1985, Sharjah
Result: India won by 38 runs
India were coming on the back of a win against the same opponents that helped them clinch the World Championship of Cricket in Melbourne. Pakistan seemed desperate for revenge when Imran Khan virtually put his team in a winning position, grabbing 6-14 to bowl the Indians out for a paltry 125 in a Four-Nations Cup match. But India — touted as the team of the century — led by Kapil Dev (3-17), went on to dismiss Pakistan for 87 to clinch a low-scoring thriller.
April 18, 1986, Sharjah
Result: Pakistan won by 1 wicket
A match no fan on either side of the border will forget. Pakistan, needing four runs off the last ball to lift the Australasia Cup, sailed through as Javed Miandad pulled a full toss from Chetan Sharma for a humongous six. Not that the distance mattered once it cleared the ropes as Miandad instantly became a national hero and Sharma was reduced to facing barbs and insults on his return home. Pakistan dominated India for a long time in their desert duels after that game.
March 13, 2004, Karachi
Result: India won by 5 runs
India’s first full tour of Pakistan in 15 years began on a rousing note with a thrilling finish in the first One-Day International at the jam-packed National Stadium in Karachi. Set a tough chase of India’s 349-7, the hosts rode on a brilliant 122 off 102 balls from skipper Inzamam-ul Haq to make a spirited reply to leave them needing a six off the final ball. But as Miandad watched from the dressing room as Pakistan’s coach, Moin Khan holed out in the deep to hand India a narrow win.
March 30, 2011, Mohali
Result: India won by 29 runs
After a gap of two World Cups, India and Pakistan met for the fifth time at Mohali in a winner takes all match. The historic semi-final at the PCA stadium, with Prime Ministers of both countries Yousuf Raza Gilani and Manmohan Singh in attendance, provided extra gloss to the match, also allowing both the governments to play hard ball diplomacy.
But the real battle took place on the field, far away from their political suits. Once again, Sachin arrived to help India post a respectable total of 260 runs on a belter of a PCA top. Unheralded Wahab Riaz shook the Indian conscience with a devastating spell of 5/46, but India responded strongly with all five bowlers used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipping in with two wickets each. India won the match by 29 runs and Tendulkar won the Man of the Match award.
March 2, 2014, Dhaka
Result: Pakistan won by 1 wicket
The most excruciating one-day match between the two arch-rivals produced a thriller during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Pakistan appeared to be cruising when they needed 11 off the last 10 balls with four wickets in hand to overtake India’s 245-8. But three wickets fell quickly and it came down to nine runs off the last four deliveries from Ravichandran Ashwin. Shahid Afridi showed why he was once considered to be among the most destructive batsmen in the game when he smashed the next two balls over the boundary to take Pakistan home.