India will take on Pakistan in WT20 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Saturday night. In the past encounters between the two arch-rivals at Eden Gardens, India never beat Pakistan in limited-over game. Pakistan beat India in all the 4 ODIs at Eden Gardens while the Saturday clash will be the first T20I encounter between the two sides at this venue.
Before this WT20 2016 match starts, let’s take a look back that 4 ODI encounters between the two sides at Eden Gardens.
India vs Pakistan 4 ODIs at Eden Gardens before WT20 2016
- 18th February 1987 (2nd ODI of India-Pakistan bilateral series)
Captains: Kapil Dev (India) and Imran Khan (Pakistan)
It was not only the first limited-over international clash between India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens but also it was the first ever ODI or limited-over international match at this venue. Over 90,000 people witnessed that historical match. After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bowl first in a 40 overs game. After a shaky start, India managed to score 238/6 in 40 overs with the help of opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth’s 123 runs and 49 run-knock from Mohammad Azharuddin. Wasim Akram picked up 3 wickets and Imran Khan picked up 2 wickets for Pakistan.
In reply, after a good start by the openers Rameez Raza and Younis Ahmed with 106 runs partnership, Pakistan middle order collapsed thanks to the left-arm spin of Ravi Shastri. At the end, Pakistan middle order batsman Saleem Malik played a crucial innings of unbeaten 72 runs in just 36 balls and took away the match from the Indian team. Pakistan won the match by 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare, despite Ravi Shastri picking up 4 wickets.
India – 238/6 in 40 overs (Krishnamachari Srikkanth 123, Mohammad Azharuddin 49, Wasim Akram 3/49)
Pakistan – 241/8 in 39.3 overs (Saleem Ali 72*, Rameez Raza 58, Ravi Shastri 4/38)
Pakistan won by 2 wickets. Player of the match – Saleem Malik (Pakistan)
2) 28th October 1989 (MRF World Series/ Nehru Cup)
Captains: Krishnamachari Srikkanth (India) and Imran Khan (Pakistan)
After winning the toss, India decided to bowl first. With the good start from the openers, Pakistan put 279/7 in 50 overs. Opener Aamer Malik scored 51 runs while another opener Rameez Raza played 77 runs knock. At the end, Imran Khan played a quick-fire knock of unbeaten 47 runs in 39 balls.
In reply, Indian openers also started well, but once the first wicket fall, Indian batting totally collapsed against Pakistan bowling. Pakistan won the match by 77 runs after India were bowled out for 202 runs. Imran Khan received the man of the match award.
Pakistan – 279/7 in 50 overs (Rameez Raza 77, Aamer Malik 51, Arshad Ayub 2/31)
India – 202/10 in 42.3 overs (Krishnamachari Srikkanth 65, Raman Lamba 57, Mushtaq Ahmed 3/51)
Pakistan won by 77 runs. Player of the match – Imran Khan (Pakistan)
3) 13th November 2004 (BCCI Platinum Jubilee Match)
Captains: Sourav Ganguly (India) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
It was a special ODI match between India and Pakistan on the occasion of BCCI Platinum Jubilee. After winning the toss, India chose to bat first. With the Virender Sehwag (53) and Yuvraj Singh’s (78) half-centuries and some other good knocks, India managed a good total of 292/6 in 50 overs.
In reply, Pakistan chased successfully that total with opener Salman Butt’s unbeaten century knock (108*) and some solid middle order knocks (Inzamam-ul-Haq – 75, Shoaib Malik – 61). Pakistan won that match by 6 wickets with an over to spare. Salman Butt was adjudged man of the match in that special match.
India – 292/6 in 50 overs (Yuvraj Singh 78, Virender Sehwag 53, Shahid Afridi 2/29)
Pakistan – 293/4 in 49 overs (Salman Butt 108*, Inzamam-ul-Haq 75, Ashish Nehra 2/65)
Pakistan won by 6 wickets. Player of the match – Salman Butt (Pakistan)
4) 3rd January 2013 (2nd ODI of India-Pakistan bilateral series)
Captains: MS Dhoni (India) and Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
This was the last ODI between these two teams at this venue. After winning the toss, Indian skipper MS Dhoni sent Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan openers put a very good start as the opener Nasir Jamshed played a long innings and made 106 runs while other opener Mohammad Hafeez scored 76 runs.
Pakistan lost the first wicket on 141 runs, and then they lost wickets further at regular interval. In the end, Pakistan failed to complete 50 overs as they were bowled out for 250 runs in 48.3 overs.
Chasing down that total, Indian batsmen collapsed against Pakistan bowlers. Except MS Dhoni, other Indian batsmen failed to put a fight against the strong Pakistan bowling line-up. MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 54 runs but could not take his team through as India were bowled out for just 165 runs in 48 overs. Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal and pacer Junaid Khan picked up 3 wickets each in that innings. Pakistan won that match by 85 runs and opener Nasir Jamshed received man of the match award.
Pakistan – 250/10 in 48.3 overs (50 overs) (Nasir Jamshed 106, Mohammad Hafeez 76, Ishant Shrama 3/34)
India – 165/10 in 48 overs (50 overs) (MS Dhoni 54*, Virender Sehwag 31, Saeed Ajmal 3/20)
Pakistan won by 85 runs. Player of the match – Nasir Jamshed (Pakistan)