WEB DESK: The two sides, Pakistan and India, have played each other in 192 matches across Tests, ODIs and T20s since their first meeting back in 1952, with Pakistan winning 85, India 65 and 42 either drawn or ending in a no result.
Today’s match is considered as a warm up match before the old cricket rivals meet again in World Cup T20.
‘Boom Boom’ went fanatical in Kanpur, 2005
Afridi proved yet again that whenever he is standing on the pitch, anything can happen. India put up a total of 249 runs against Pakistan in the fifth ODI of India vs Pakistan series in 2005,
When it seemed impossible to chase, Afridi hammered nine sixes and 10 fours in a 45-ball century, which at the time was the equal-second fastest in ODI history, eight balls slower than Afridi’s 37-ball assault against Sri Lanka.
He got out with Pakistan still needing 119 runs to win, but Pakistan sailed to a five-wicket victory.
Younis and Misbah lead Pakistan to a difficult victory in 2008 Asia Cup
Younis proved again why he’s regarded as one of Pakistan’s greatest cricketers. He came in after a good start from Pakistani openers Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed.
From there on, it was Younis’s show. His brilliant century, 123 off 117 balls, was the spine of a successful chase. Misbah-ul-Haq’s 70 off 62 balls contributed to the 144-run partnership which lasted for 20.2 overs. The daunting total didn’t seem daunting at all and Pakistan had their victory with 27 balls to spare.
Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Miandad’s mighty six in Sharjah, 1986
This last-ball winning six will be cherished by Pakistani cricket fans as long as there is a cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan.
In 1986 Asia Cup final, Pakistan needed four runs from one ball with Miandad as Pakistan’s last hope standing on the pitch.
Having surveyed the field for what seemed like an eternity; Miandad dispatched a low full toss from India’s bowling hero Chetan Sharma over the mid-wicket fence and celebrated with arms aloft well before the ball had reached its final destination.
Miandad became an instant national hero.