It’s a matter of days when India will play Pakistan to kick off their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign on October 24. Both sides will be meeting for 6th time in T20 World Cup and India have emerged victorious, every time they have played Pakistan at the World Cup stage. The Men in Blue have also beaten Pakistan in the final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup and took the world by storm.
Before the match starts on October 24th, let’s have a look at historical rivalries over the years.
1. Ind vs Pak 2007 T20 World Cup (group stage)
MS Dhoni-led Men in Blue faced Pakistan in the 10th match of the tournament in Durban and ended in a tie, which India won later in bowl-out match. Batting first India posted 141-9 with the help of Robin Uthappa’s half century. Chasing the target, Pakistan also struggled, at once they were 47-4, but Misbah Ul Haq scored a brilliant half-century and tied the match on the last ball. Later India won the match in bowl-out.
2. Ind vs Pak 2007 T20 World Cup Final
India defeated Pakistan in a close contest in the final of the 2007 World cup. With Gautam Gambhir’s crucial 75 runs and 30 runs on 16 balls by young Rohit Sharma, India made 157 on board. Pakistan came out all guns blazing but kept losing wickets at a regular interval. Misbah ul Haq, once again stood for Pak team and almost won it for the Men in Green, before Joginder Sharma got his wicket on the last ball of the match. India won the first-ever T20 World Cup.
3. Ind vs Pak 2012 T20 World cup
This was a proper one-sided game, as Pakistan got all-out for just 128 runs. With Virat Kohli’s 78 runs India chased down the target inside 16 overs with two wickets left.
4. Ind vs Pak 2014 T20 World Cup
This game saw another one-sided contest between both teams. With tight bowling from Amit Mishra and Md Shami, India restricted Pakistan to 130 runs in 20 overs. Chasing the target, India won the match comfortably in 18 overs.
5. Ind vs Pak 2016 World cup
Yet another match, where India dominated the entire match, Pakistan scored 118-5 in 18 overs in a rain-affected match. At once Indian batting looked hazy but Virat Kohli stood out and took his team to the victory in dominating manner, scoring an unbeaten 55 runs in 37 balls.