India and Pakistan, two neighbouring nations who are similar in so many aspects, yet they are as diverse as two ends of the world. The two neighbours have been arch rivals on the cricket field; add to that the political tension and the matches become even more interesting. Over past so many decades India and Pakistan have produced some exciting and most memorable cricket matches. Though the two nations do not play each other much in bilateral series, they are almost always deliberately set for an encounter in the ICC tournaments. While India clearly has the upper hand over Pakistan in ICC tournaments, Pakistan boasts of better numbers over all.
Tomorrow the two arch rivals will again meet on the cricketing field in what is expected to be an exciting final and possibly the most viewed cricket match in the recent time. But before that, allow us to add some nostalgia to your excitement by recalling five most memorable India-Pakistan ODI matches.
1992 ICC Cricket World Cup
The first time these two sides faced each other in a world cup was in 1992. It was at SCG in Sydney that these two arch rivals from the Indian Subcontinent locked horns for the first time in a World Cup. The match had become memorable and is still remembered for a funny on field spat between the chirpy Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More and Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad. More had been constantly chirping behind the stumps distracting and sledging Miandad. While More didn’t let the umpire notice his crime, Miandad was frustrated by the Indian keepers antiques. When he couldn’t take it anymore Miandad mocked more by jumping in a funny manner.
As far as the cricket involved goes, India won the toss and batting first put up a fighting 216 on board. The total came at the back of some solid contributions from Ajay Jadeja (46) and Sachin Tendulkar (56*). Though the target set wasn’t too big Pakistan couldn’t succeed in chasing it. Amir Sohail did try leading the fight (62) but there was no support from the other end as Pakistan loss their last eight wickets for a meagre 68. Pakistan fell short by 43 runs.