India and Pakistan will lock horns in a high-voltage encounter in the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai. This contest will kickstart the tournament for both the Asian giants. India have an enviable record against Pakistan at the World Cups. They boast a 12-0 record across formats in the World Cup. India have 5 wins in the T20 World Cups and 7 in the ODI World Cups over their arch-rivals.lets see Best India-Pakistan World Cup Games.
We look back at Best India-Pakistan World Cup Games:
#6 1996 ODI World Cup Quarterfinal, Bangalore
The World Cup quarter-final featuring India and Pakistan in Bangalore was a high adrenaline encounter. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric. India batting first were looking set for a par score until the arrival of Ajay Jadeja. He simply took the game away from the opposition in a matter of a couple of overs. India ended with a formidable score of 288.
Pakistan got off to a solid start courtesy of Aamir Sohail. But in a moment of madness, he provoked Venkatesh Prasad. The Indian fast bowler then bowled a magic ball to dismiss Sohail. He gave Sohail a send-off that still evokes goosebumps among Indian fans. India went on to comfortably defeat Pakistan and went on to play the semifinals.
#5 1999 ODI World Cup Super-six match, Manchester
This match was played amidst the tensions of the Kargil war. Pakistan started strong favourites having topped their group in the league stage. India had a quiet World Cup comparatively. But India put in a strong collective team effort to outplay Pakistan. India extended their World Cup record over Pakistan to 3-0.
#4 2003 ODI World Cup League Match, Centurion
India and Pakistan were meeting each other after 4 years in a World Cup game. Pakistan posted a solid total (273-7) batting first. In repose, Sachin Tendulkar’s assault left Pakistan stunned. His counterattacking 75-balls 98 helped India post a remarkable win over the arch-rivals. Tendulkar’s innings is regarded as one of the finest ODI knocks ever.
#3 2007 T20 World Cup League Match, Durban
India and Pakistan locked horns for the first time in the game’s shortest format. It was a low-scoring thriller that saw the pendulum swing wildly on both sides. The game ended in a nerve-wracking tie. Both the teams then went on to participate in a bowl out. India edged out Pakistan 3-0 to register a famous win.
#2 2007 T20 World Cup final, Johannesburg
The arch-rivals met twice for the first time in a World Cup. India and Pakistan post their league match ended up meeting each other in the finals too. The men in blue posted a competitive 157-5 batting first. Pakistan were a shot away from winning the title. But is was India who managed to calm their nerves and pulled off a memorable win to emerge inaugural T20 World Cup champions.
#1 2011 ODI World Cup semifinal, Mohali
The World Cup semifinal witnessed the presence of high-profile dignitaries from both countries. It was clear from the onset that it was more than just a game. India scored 260-6 batting first and defended their total in style choking Pakistan. Their World Cup domination started assuming historical significance!