The first match of the prestigious cricket Champions Trophy 2017 for powerhouse and favorites India will be against arch-rivals Pakistan, on June 3 in Edgbaston, and the old rivalry promises to bring some action packed cricket to fans early in the tournament. Sentiments have been on the high between the two nations this past year, and it is expected to spill on to field as the two teams clash for the first time this year. Defending champions India have dominated their subcontinental rivals in most of the previous encounters, all of them in ICC events as bilateral engagements have ceased owing to the tumultuous political climate of South Asia, winning four of the last five matches convincingly. The cricketing fortunes of the two teams have contrasted wildly in the last decade, and India will look to continue to dominate eight-placed Pakistan, who barely qualified for the tournament and will be looking to make the most of their outings in England.
We list here the results and summary of the last five encounters between the foes, in an effort to understand what the two teams will be facing upto when they meet at Edgbaston tomorrow.
1. India vs Pakistan: ICC World T20 2016 – IND won by 6 wickets
India and Pakistan last clashed on March 19, 2016. It was during World Twenty20 group stage match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Led by then-captain MS Dhoni, India won the toss and elected to bowl. In a rain-curtailed 18-over match, Pakistan set a lowly target of 119 on the scoreboard which India chased down comfortably with 13 balls remaining. Virat Kohli was declared Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 55 runs off 37 deliveries.
Brief Scores: India won the toss and elected to field. Pakistan: (118/5 in 18 Overs) Shoaib Malik – 26 runs, Ahmed Shehzad – 25 runs and Umar Akmal – 22 runs. Ashish Nehra (4-20-0-1), Suresh Raina (1-4-0-1) and Ravindra Jadeja (4-20-0-1). India: (119/4 in 15.5 Overs) Virat Kohli – 55 runs, Yuvraj Singh – 24 runs and MS Dhoni – 13 runs. Mohammad Sami (2-17-0-2), Mohammad Amir (3-11-1-1) and Wahab Riaz (2-16-0-1).
2. India vs Pakistan: Asia Cup T20 2016 – IND won by 5 wickets
India played Pakistan in Asia Cup at Dhaka in Bangladesh On February 27, 2016. Playing the match at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, once again the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put the Pakistani batsmen to bat first. Pakistan was rattled by the young bowler Hardik Pandya who picked three crucial wickets and reduced Pakistan to a paltry score of 83. India chased the easy target in 15.3 overs, losing 5 wickets in the process. Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his fabulous 49 runs after both Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed by Mohammad Amir in first over of Indian innings.
Brief Scores: India won the toss and elected to field.
Pakistan: (83 all out in 17.3 Overs) batting:- Sarfraz Ahmed – 25 runs. Hardik Pandya (3.3-8-0-3), Ravindra Jadeja (3-11-02)
India: (85/5 in 15.3 Overs) Virat Kohli – 49 runs, Yuvraj Singh – 14 runs. Mohammad Amir (4-18-0-3) and Mohammad Sami (4-16-0-2).
3. India vs Pakistan: ICC World Cup 2015 – IND won by 76 runs
India-Pakistan rivalry soared to new heights when they went head on against each other in a World Cup match On February 15, 2015,. India beat Pakistan by 76 runs, demonstrating once again their superiority against Pakistan in ICC events. Playing the group stage match in a packed Adelaide Oval stadium, Indian captain MS Dhoni remained lucky with the toss and chose to bat. Riding high on another Virat Kohli hundred, India set a target of 301 in their quota of 50 overs on the scoreboard. The Indian bowlers backed the batsmen’s efforts and wrapped Pakistan innings at 224 runs to hand them another defeat.
Brief Scores: India won the toss and elected to bat.
India: (300/7 in 50 Overs) Virat Kohli – 107 runs, Suresh Raina – 74 runs and Shikhar Dhawan – 73 runs. Sohail Khan (10-55-0-5) and Wahab Riaz (10-49-0-1).
Pakistan: (224 all out in 47 Overs) Misbah-ul-Haq – 76 runs, Ahmed Shehzad – 47 runs and Haris Sohail – 36 runs. Mohammed Shami (9-35-1-4), Mohit Sharma (9-35-0-2) and Umesh Yadav (10-50-0-2).
4. India vs Pakistan: ICC World T20 2014 – IND won by 7 wickets
On March 21, 2014, yet another ICC event and the same fate for Team Pakistan. The group stage match was played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh with Indian captain MS Dhoni winning the toss and electing to field first. Pakistan batsmen toiled hard to put up a low 130 runs on the scoreboard. Chasing an easy 131 runs, Team India did it in style by winning the match by 7 wickets. Spinner Amit Mishra was declared Man of the Match for his disciplined bowling at critical junctures.
Brief Scores: India won the toss and elected to field.
Pakistan: (130/7 in 20 Overs) Umar Akmal – 33 runs, Ahmed Shehzad – 22 runs and Sohaib Maqsood – 21 runs. Amit Mishra (4-22-1-2) and Ravindra Jadeja (4-18-0-1)
India: (131/3 in 18.3 Overs) Virat Kohli – 36 runs, Suresh Raina – 35 runs and Shikhar Dhawan – 30 runs. Saeed Ajmal(4-18-0-1) and Bilawal Bhatti (2-17-0-1).
5. India vs Pakistan: Asia Cup 2014 – PAK won by 1 wicket
Team Pakistan registered their last victory against India three years ago in the Asia Cup 2014, when the format of the Asian cricket tournament was still a 50-over one. Misbah-ul-Haq led side won a nail-biting thriller against Virat Kohli-captained Team India by 1 wicket. Pakistan put India to bat first after winning the toss, who then put up a fighting total of 245 runs on the scoreboard. Pakistan chased the target after losing nine wickets with two balls remaining. Mohammad Hafeez was adjudged Man of the Match for his gritty 75 runs in 117 deliveries.
Brief Scores: Pakistan won the toss and elected to field.
India: (245/8 in 50 Overs) Ambati Rayudu – 58 runs, Rohit Sharma – 56 runs and Ravindra Jadeja – 52 runs. Saeed Ajmal (10-40-0-3), Mohammad Talha (7-22-1-2) and Mohammad Hafeez (9-38-02).
Pakistan: (249/9 in 49.4 Overs) Mohammad Hafeez – 75 runs, Ahmed Shehzad – 42 runs and Sohaib Maqsood – 38 runs. R Ashwin (9.4-44-0-3) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10-56-0-2).