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Top 5 India V/S Pakistan ODI Clashes Of All Time

The sport of cricket emerged in India V/S Pakistan ODI Clashes Of All Time during the British Raj and has since amassed a successful following among the population of both countries. The formerly united, now split nations see cricket as more than just a sport and are equally devoted to their respective teams. 

Despite their political rivalry, any match between the two countries becomes highly anticipated and a thrilling experience for the general population, garnering millions of viewers across the world. The list below discusses the five most exciting ODI clashes between India and Pakistan in history. Let’s get started after the analysis of India V/S Pakistan ODI news:

  •  Pepsi Sharjah Cup in 1996

The 1996 Pepsi Sharjah Cup, hosted in Sharjah cricket stadium in the United Arab Emirates was one of the most memorable performances of India in its ODI history. It was the first ODI match where India scored more than 300 runs with the partnership of Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu. 

After the wicket of Vikram Rathour, Sidhu joined Tendulkar on the pitch, and the duo became unstoppable with their batting attacks. Tendulkar scored 118 runs in 140 balls with a strike rate of 84.28, and Sidhu scored 101 runs with a strike rate of 86.32. The batting line-up of the two players helped India build the massive 300 run score against Pakistan. Among the bowlers, Javagal Srinath took 3 important wickets of Ijaz Ahmed, Aaqib Javed, and Ata-ur-Rehman,  and disrupted Pakistan’s batting momentum. 

Chasing the massive score of 305, Pakistan was down and out at 277 after the wicket of Saqlain Mushtaq, and India won the match by 28 runs, with Tendulkar bagging the title for the player of the match.

  • Visakhapatnam 2005

The 2nd ODI in April of 2005 during Pakistan’s tour of India another memorable hit for India. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, sporting the red hair look, solidified his foot in the international cricket scene with a magnificent score of 148 runs in 123 balls. Dhoni was unstoppable on the pitch with his timing and unleashed a wide variety of strokes, including 19 boundary shots with 15 fours and 4 sixes. Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, with their half-centuries, helped India set the target of over 300 runs. Ashish Nehra stole the show alternating with his fast deliveries and late inswings and took 4 wickets for India during his 10 overs of bowling. Among the bowlers, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan also took important wickets for India.

Pakistan started its batting with a bang, with Abdul Razzaq scoring 88 off 93 and Mohammad Yousuf’s 71 off 56, but failed to catch up after the dismissal of Kamran Akmal. India won the match by 58 runs and lead the six-match series with a score of 2-0.

  •  Asia Cup in 2012

The India V/S Pakistan ODI match in the 2012 Asia Cup Tournament is another favourite among the cricket enthusiasts of both countries. Pakistan, with the powerful partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed, was able to set a target of over 300 runs. India, however, had the chaser, Kohli, to cross that mark.

Virat Kohli got on the pitch after the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir by Pakistan’s off-spin talent, Hafeez, and set the ground on fire with his magnificent innings of 183 runs off 148 balls and an impressive strike rate of 123.64. Kohli was able to score 23 boundary shots, with 22 fours and a delightful six. Star players like Suresh Raina, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rohit Sharma were impeccable with their batting strokes, helping India to overcome the target set by Pakistan. Among the bowlers, Praveen Kumar and Ashok Dinda tried their best to limit the run score of Pakistan by taking 2 wickets each.

  • Rothmans Four-Nation Cup in 1985

Another Sharjah victory for India came during the multi-team tournament of the Rothmans Four-Nation Cup in 1985. Pakistan won the toss, chose to bowl first, and used its bowling potential to the fullest. India’s opening line-up of Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth destroyed by Imran Khan during the first over itself. But India was able to build a run score of 125 with the help of Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev. 

Azharuddin was able to score a steady 47 runs in 93 balls, with a strike rate of 50.53, and Kapil’s score of 30 off 44 helped India restore its lost momentum. But despite India’s attempt to recover in the game, the match was slowly turning towards the Men in Green, thanks to the stunning six dismissals by Imran Khan. 

But things turned upside down when Pakistan failed to chase even the low score of 125 and was down and out at 87. Kapil Dev, the right-arm pacer and then captain of his team, successfully deflated the run score of Pakistan by knocking 3 wickets off for his team. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Ravi Shastri also stole the show by taking 2 wickets each.

  • Asia Cup Finals, 1986

The final match of the 1986 Australia-Asia Cup at Sharjah cricket stadium in the United Arab Emirates was hands down, the most exciting match between India and Pakistan in One Day history. Sunil Gavaskar, with his partnerships with Kris Srikkanth and Dilip Vengsarkar, scored a stunning figure of 92 runs for his team. Getting half-centuries from its three initial batsmen, India was able to set a solid run target of 245 for Pakistan. 

Struggling to keep their batting momentum alive, Javed Miandad came to Pakistan’s rescue and stuck to the pitch till the end despite his changing partnerships. Miandad saved the night for Pakistan by hitting a mid-wicket six off the last ball of the inning, with only a single wicket in his hand. Chetan Sharma, despite knocking 3 wickets during his 9 overs, was unsuccessful in taking the last wicket for India. 

Miandad’s stellar performance became the reason for Pakistan’s historical win against India in the finals of the Asia Cup in 1986, and he also given the title of player of the match.

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