India v Pakistan

India v Pakistan, we take a look back at how the bitter rivals performed against one another over the previous five matches in all formats before their much anticipated match at the Asia Cup.

Cricket fans from all over the world are anxiously awaiting the coveted India-Pakistan match. On September 2, 2023, India will play Pakistan in the Asia Cup, opening a new chapter in this famous rivalry.

India v Pakistan: T20 World Cup group stage match, Melbourne (23 October, 2022)

Scorecard: India win by 4 wickets

An eagerly anticipated repeat of their 2021 encounter was the India-Pakistan match at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022.

India’s victory against Pakistan on the game’s final ball made it one of the most thrilling India-Pakistan matches in ICC history.

Pakistani pacers early on frightened India. They quickly lost Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma. In the Powerplay overs, Haris Rauf claimed two wickets and Naseem Shah claimed one.

After a slow start to the rebuilding process, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya picked up the tempo in the 12th over. Mohammed Nawaz was scored upon for 20 runs during this over.

When Rauf and Naseem bowled the 16th and 17th overs, though, Pakistan managed to rally. India needed a special effort because they needed 48 runs from 18 balls.

Kohli batted that innings, switching up his strokes to go from 46 from 42 at the start of the 18th over to 82 from 53 at the finish of the innings. A punch back down the floor for a six against Rauf was one of many great strikes in the knock.

In a dramatic final over that featured a six off a no-ball, a free-hit bye robbery, and a deft leave-off to get a wide, India defeated Pakistan. With the final ball, Ravichandran Ashwin cleared the infield to give India a four-wicket victory.

India v Pakistan: Asia Cup Super Four, Dubai (4 September, 2022)

Scorecard: Pakistan win by 5 wickets

A week after their thrilling group-stage match, the two teams squared off, and it resulted in another thrilling game. Pakistan had their chance to shine as they outlasted a tenacious India in a tight match.

India started off well after being given the opportunity to bat. The starting pair of Rohit and Rahul abandoned their customarily cautious strategy and went on the offensive. Together, the pair scored 54 runs in the opening five overs, particularly hammering Naseem. His first spell resulted in 25 runs.

India’s scoring rate was slowed down, though, when Rohit and Rahul were bowled by Rauf and Shadab Khan in consecutive overs, respectively.

Kohli served as the Men in Blue’s anchor and pushed them to a solid 181/7 despite losing wickets. He made 60 points off of 44 balls, including four fours and a six.

Pakistan began its counterattack with restraint. At the halfway point, the squad still needed more than 10 runs an over despite Rizwan’s aggressive start. In the first half of their innings, they had lost Babar and Fakhar Zaman. Nawaz, the pinch-hitter at No. 4, ended India’s chance to win.

India v Pakistan: Asia Cup group stage match, Dubai (28 August, 2022) 

Scorecard: India win by 5 wickets

In a tight, closely contested match, India prevailed. Early on, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck first with the dismissal of Babar. Before Rizwan and Iftikhar put up a 45-run partnership for the third wicket, Fakhar also fell in the final over of the Powerplay, but the former batsman didn’t appear to be at the top of his game.

With a torrent of short balls, Hardik destroyed Pakistan’s innings, taking three wickets in two overs. Shahnawaz Dahani’s final couple of powerful hits pushed his team’s total to a respectable 147.

India v Pakistan: T20 World Cup group stage match, Dubai (24 October 2021)

Scorecard: Pakistan win by 10 wickets

When India takes the pitch for their Asia Cup debut, they won’t have the best recollections of the Dubai International Stadium. They suffered their first-ever World Cup defeat to Pakistan on this identical pitch, where Babar’s team had just defeated their bitter opponents.

India v Pakistan: Cricket World Cup group stage match, Manchester (16 June, 2019)

Scorecard: India win by 89 runs (DLS method)

The two teams faced up on the largest platform amid pomp and ceremony, but the match fell short of the high hopes as India defeated Pakistan in a lopsided match.

Rohit was in the right frame of mind to play against Pakistan and put up a clinic with the bat after scoring a hundred and fifty in the previous games of the tournament. As Rohit slammed a 113-ball 140, the bowlers were all baffled by the top India batsman and were unable to get past the fort.

Rahul and Kohli’s half-centuries pushed India to a big total, giving Pakistan a challenging target of 337.

Fakhar and Babar steered the ship and were beginning to look dangerous with their century partnership after losing the early wicket of Imam-ul-Haq. It needed a particular delivery from Kuldeep Yadav to get past Babar’s defence, which proved to be the game’s turning point.

As India extended their unbeaten streak in the 50-over World Cup against their archrivals to 7-0, Pakistan, chasing 302 in 40 overs in a rain-shortened match, only managed to reach 212/6. Wickets continued to fall mercilessly after that.

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