India unbeaten vs. Pakistan in world tournaments


Associated Press

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 28 at 10:03 AM

MOHALI, India (AP) — Pakistan has won more matches than it has lost against India in both tests and limited-overs internationals, but when it comes to world level events, it has drawn a blank. Some key moments in the intense Indo-Pak rivalry:

World Championship of Cricket, 1985

Reigning world champion India twice beat Pakistan in the one-off World Championship of cricket hosted by Australia.

A Young Mohammad Azharuddin struck an unbeaten 93 to see India to its target of 184 with six wickets and more than four overs to spare. Pace bowler Roger Binny, who was the highest wicket-taker for India in the 1983 World Cup, had earlier taken four wickets to help restrict Pakistan.

The teams met again in the final at Melbourne. Kapil Dev and leg-spinner Lakshman Sivaramakrishnan took three wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 176. Half-centuries from Ravi Shastri (63 not out) and Krishnamachari Srikkanth (67) ensured an eight-wicket victory.

The Indian victory was celebrated by the Sunil Gavaskar-led team, which sipped champagne and piled on to the luxury car awarded to Shastri after he was declared 'champion of champions' in the tournament.

1992 World Cup

It was a combined effort that ensured victory in the group match at Sydney. India defended a total of 216 on the back of performances from pace bowlers Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar and Javagal Srinath, who took two wickets each in a 43-run victory. Pakistan's frustration was evident in the way Javed Miandad jumped around following a face-off with India wicketkeeper Kiran More.

1996 World Cup

India set a challenging 288-run target for defending champion Pakistan in the quarterfinal at Bangalore. Opener Navjot Sidhu's solid 93 was followed by a late charge from Ajay Jadeja with a knock of 45 during which he punished Waqar Younis in particular.

Pakistan made a brisk start with captain Aamir Sohail setting up the contest with a strokeful 55 but lost the initiative in a rush of blood.

In one of the most famous scenes from India-Pakistan clashes, Sohail hit Prasad for a four through covers and pointed to the region again, probably suggesting that he would hit the pace bowler again in that direction. Prasad bowled Sohail with the very next delivery. Prasad and Anil Kumble finished with three wickets each on their home ground.

1999 World Cup

India managed to continue its fine record against Pakistan despite a long period of domination by Pakistan in the late 1980s and the early 1990s.

India's pace bowlers again starred in a 47-run victory after India was restricted to 227-6 in a Super Sixes match at Manchester. Rahul Dravid top-scored with 61, giving his Karnataka teammates Prasad and Srinath just enough runs to bowl the opposition out.

Prasad finished with 5-27 while Srinath chipped in with three wickets. Pakistan recovered to reach the final.

2003 World Cup

This match at Centurion is most famous for Sachin Tendulkar's six off express pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar over the third-man boundary. After Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar's 101 boosted Pakistan to 273-7, Tendulkar set the tone for a famous chase with an innings of 98 that is acknowledged as one of the best in one-day cricket.

India won by six wickets with Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid getting useful runs down the order. India reached the final before losing to Australia.

2007 World Twenty20

India pipped Pakistan in a 'bowl out' after the league match at Durban ended in a tie with both teams scoring 141. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni used his spinners to win the new tiebreaker method with ease, even as the opposition conceded it was not prepared for the eventuality.

India and Pakistan were again pitted against each other in the final at Johannesburg. It was a thrilling last-over finish in which Misbah-ul-Haq failed to finish the match for the second time running. After being run out for 53 at a crucial juncture in the group stage match, he tried a scoop off Joginder Sharma that was taken by Shantakumaran Sreesanth. Pakistan was all out five runs short, with three deliveries still to go.