Arch-Rivals or Asian-Ashes if we would say these teams it would not be wrong. The intensity, drama, and emotions between two of these teams are on another level when they compete against each other in any tournament. Political issues may have affected the cricket between these two nations from the decades. But this rivalry still remains nail bitting from the first ball, wicket, or sled.
In the era of T-20, when everyone has the freedom to express their views the people of both the nation just before any match express their emotions in typical slang language on social media which makes the rivalry more interesting. Here we have picked the top 10 greatest games between India vs Pakistan to make you feel nostalgic in the time of no cricket.
India vs Pakistan, Karachi,2006
The decider of the series and both the teams were looking to win the final 3rd Test of series at the national stadium, Karachi. After winning the toss Indian captain decided to bowl first on a green pitch and without any wasting the time young left-hander Irfan Pathan took the hat trick in the first over of the match. Within the next 10 overs, Indian seamers tool another 3 wickets while pushing them to 39/6. But tailenders fought back and managed to score 245/10 in the first innings.
Just after tea of day 1 Indian openers came to the crease but the pitch was perfect for pacers and Mohammad Asif was on the song from the first innings the openers have no answer to the class of Mohammed Asif the way he was swinging the ball into the air was awe-inspiring. Asif gets the full support of Shoiab Akhtar and Razzaq to restrict the team India at 238/10. But second Innings of Pakistan team steal the show with batting first after posting 599 on the board and with an impossible target to chase in the final innings of the match. It was still a chance of drawing with the star-studded Indian batting order. But Magician of swing bowling Mohammed Asif has the plan to stunned the cricketing fraternity across the globe with those 3 magical deliveries to VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar. The score was 74/4 after being dismantled by Mohammed Asif class and team India never recovered back from it and lost the match 341 runs and series by 1-0.
India vs Pakistan, Semi-final, 2011
This will go down in the history of one of the best games between India and Pakistan. Mohali was filled with fans even the street outside the ground was jam-packed. The television screen was installed so that nobody could miss any chance of catching the moments. Celebrities, Prime minister, and diplomats were invited to watch this nail-biting thriller of the season.
In the 2nd semi-final of the season, after winning the toss Indian team decided to bat first and managed to 260/9 in 50 0vers with a leading score of Sachin Tendulkar (85). Pakistan has star-studded batting line up but Indian pacers and spinners dismantle the Pakistan batting line up to restrict them to 231/10 and help them to take the return tickets to home and confirmed there in the finals of 2011. Eventually, Sachin Tendulkar was awarded man of the match for 85 runs of match-winning knock. The Indian crowd and Chandigarh freaks celebrated the whole night like never before after the victory.
India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy Final, 2017
Pakistan was underdogs while entering the tournament but beating the world heavyweights in the finals was awe-inspiring to many Pakistanis fans. Coming into the finals after beating the hosts England in the semi-final. The game between arch-rivals was high voltage from the start. After winning the toss Indian captain decided to bowl first fans already unhappy with this on batting surface at the oval. The decision goes in the underdog’s favor while posted 338/4 On the board with no pace attack was good with their line and lengths.
The same stuff of batting was expected from the star-studded batting line up of the Indian team but underdogs had the plan and it worked out with the pacers like Mohammed Amir to restrict them to 72/6. Pandya and Jadeja were on the crease and scenes of Natwest 2002 final comings into minds when these connect the dots and put on 80 run partnership in quick style but Pandya was on song with those huge sixes deep into the stands and out of the park. For while it looked Indian team was back into the game but one run out of Pandya at 158/6 take the trophy away from the world heavyweights otherwise Pandya could finish the match before 45th over the kind of touch he was in and in the end Pakistan won the match by 180 runs and tournament after 1992.
India vs Pakistan, Centurion, 2003
World cup game and stage with big with cricket at its prime in those years. All-time dangerous Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar was in form and he continued the flow with a fine century in the game but didn’t get the support of other Pakistan batsman and managed to score 273/7 in 50 overs.
Chasing the target of 270 plus was daunting in those years of cricket. But stylish Indian openers Sehwag and Sachin give the flying start with 53 runs before 6 overs Against the pacers like Wasim Akhram, Akhtar and Waqar Younis. Sachin continued to play the good shorts but fell short of his century just before 2 runs and still, India needed 97 runs to win then walked in the dark knight of India team Rahul Dravid and flamboyant Yuvraj Singh and take India to the memorable victory in the world cup game.
India vs Pakistan – Final, Sharjah,1986
Arch-rivals playing the finals at famous ground Sharjah. Both teams were looked good with their star batsman. After winning the toss Imran Khan decided to bowl first and the India team get off the flying with their openers Sunil Gavaskar and Srikanth added a 117 run partnership for 1st wicket. The score was 216 and looking to go close to 280 but Pakistani bowlers restrict them to 245/7 in 50 overs.
The target of 246 was not big but the Pakistan team get off the worst start. The wickets were kept failing at regular intervals while at the score of 61/3. Miandad put some valuable partnership with batsman to his team back into the driver seat. With 11 runs needed of 6 balls. Chetan Sharma made it happen till the 5th ball and with just 4 runs to required in 1 ball. It was impossible but trying to put Yorker Chetan Sharma delivered the full toss and there he was waiting for a moment and smashed the ball into the crowd for six and take his team to victory with 1 wicket in hand.
India vs Pak, Sharjah,1985
The bowlers of both sides dominated the game against the star batsman. After being befuddled by the paceman Imran Khan 6/14 The Indian team never recovered back from the lethal bowling and managed to score on 125 runs on the board.
With victory was all sure and mere of any effort to chase this small target. The Indian bowlers dismantle the Pakistan batting line up and restricted them to just 87 runs and won the match by 38 runs and also the lowest ever total.
India vs Pak,2005
Dhoni era has begun. After winning the toss Indian captain looking to get the good start but their Sachin Tendulkar departs early then walked in the young Ranchi boy to get some runs I don’t know who’s the idea was that to send Dhoni up the order but he grabs like a predator and smashed the first century of his career while scoring 148 runs off 123 balls and help India to post 356 on the board.
In return, tourists chasing the target of 357 looked good from start after some early breakthroughs but in end keep the run rate up they kept losing the wickets at regular intervals and just managed to score 298/10 in 50 overs. MS Dhoni was awarded man of the match for his scintillating 148 runs knock.
India vs Pak, Karachi,2004
After 15 long years, arch-rivals were competing in the long series of 5 matches. The 1st game of the series in national stadium Karachi after winning the toss Pakistan captain decided to bowl first on the green pitch which was quite bowling friendly. But India went on to post 349/7 in 50 overs with fine knocks of Virender Sehwag (76), Rahul Dravid (99), Sourav Ganguly (45), and down the order some handy knock of Mohammed kaif towards the end of innings to take the scoreboard over 340.
With the chase of 350, the host was in the game from the start first lost their openers cheaply then build some valuable partnership but when you’re chasing the 350 target the run rate needs to in hand and keeping up the run rate host lost the wickets in a quick fashion and lost the match by 5 runs in the end.
India vs Pak, Manchester, 1999
The arch-rivals once again met in the world cup game when the Kargil war was going on. Super six-stage and after winning the toss Indian captain decided to bat first and posted some respected total on the board 227/6 in 50 overs with fine half centuries of Rahul Dravid (61) and Azharuddin (59).
The target was not that hard to chase for a star-studded batting line up of Pakistan team but Indian pacers had the one single ingredient in his arsenal to be the game changer and that was he did finishing 5/27 After dismantling the Pakistan batting line up and restricted them to 180 and leading his team to the victory in the crucial game of world cup 1999.
India vs Pak, Birmingham, 2004
Champions Trophy, 12th match between the arch-rivals. After winning the toss Pakistan captain decided to bowl first and the decision was turned right from the start by Pakistan pacers. It was looking all over when India team was 106/6 once again “dark knight of India team Rahul Dravid” stunned everyone when everyone was befuddled was Pakistan bowlers. Dravid got well support from tailender Agarkar to put some competitive total on the board 200/10 With valuable knocks of Rahul Dravid (67) and Agarkar (47).
Chasing the target 200 Pakistan were got off to the worst start when lost theirs on 10/2. Though they even recovered from it and lost their wickets at regular intervals it was one between Yosuf and Iza.