There couldn’t be a much better start to India’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign than an India vs Pakistan fixture.
The famous rivalry between the Asian giants has spanned 70 years, with their first-ever meeting coming in a Test in October 1952. Fast forward 55 years later to 2007, India and Pakistan would add a new chapter to their competitive relationship in cricket with their head-to-head meeting in the new T20I format.
The first T20I clash between the two came at the 2007 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, and it ended in a tie. Misbah-ul-Haq’s 53 helped Pakistan match India’s first-innings score of 141 in the allotted 20 overs.
In all, India and Pakistan have played 11 T20I matches, with the Men in Blue holding a 7-3 advantage in the head-to-head.
We look at the highest team totals from the T20I clashes between the celebrated rivals.
India – 192/5 (2012)
Trailing 0-1 in the two-match series, India rode on Yuvraj Singh’s 72 off 36 balls to post 192/5 in the second game at Ahmedabad in 2012.
Put to bat first, hosts India were reduced to 88/3 in 11.6 overs, with Umar Gul effecting two dismissals (Gautam Gambhir – 21, lbw – and Ajinkya Rahane – 28, caught and bowled).
But enter Yuvraj Singh, and the southpaw ran amok with seven sixes and four boundaries in his 36-ball knock of 72 runs to help India cross 180 runs on the board. Following his dismissal, MS Dhoni departed following a cameo of 33 runs in 23 balls.
India would go on to win the match by 11 runs.
Pakistan – 182/5 (2022)
A thriller in its own right, as Pakistan chased a target of 182 against India in a Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament. The result meant they avenged a five-wicket defeat in their reverse meeting in the group stage.
India posted a score of 181/7, with openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul putting on a 54-run stand for the first wicket and Virat Kohli top-scoring with a 44-ball 60.
Pakistan, on their part, were reduced to 63/2 in 8.4 overs, but Mohammed Rizwan carried the batting for the team with his never-say-die attitude. His 51-ball 71 got the Men in Green to 147 in 16.5 overs until his dismissal by Hardik Pandya.
Mohammad Nawaz, who went out earlier than Rizwan, supported the opener with a cameo of 42 runs off 20 balls.
Come the 19th over, Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali got the target equation down from 26 in 12 to seven required in six balls.
India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave away 19 runs, which included two wides, two boundaries and one six, to ignite Pakistan’s hopes of claiming a significant victory.
Bowling the final over, Arshdeep Singh gave away five runs in the first two deliveries before bagging Asif Ali’s wicket on the fourth ball. With two runs needed off the final two balls, new batter Iftikhar Ahmed hit the winning runs on the penultimate delivery as India’s Deepak Hooda slipped while throwing at the stumps.
Pakistan’s five-wicket victory opened their Super Four account on a positive note and would go on to the Asia Cup 2022 final, where Sri Lanka handed them a 23-run loss.
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