Till date, India-Pakistan met 6 times against each other in T20I cricket. The 2016 Asia Cup T20 will be 7th clash between each other in T20Is, Here we look at the past 6 T20Is in short:
1. 14th September 2007, Durban – Match Tied; India won by bowl out
It was the first ever T20I match between India and Pakistan and the match was in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. It was a group stage match where Pakistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. With the help of Mohammad Asif’s incredible 4/18, Pakistan restricted India to just 141/9 in 20 overs. Robin Uthappa scored 50 runs for Indian team.
In reply, Pakistan also finished at 141/7 in 20 overs with the help of Misbah-ul-Haq’s 53 runs who was run-out on the very last ball. The score was level, so the match was decided through a bowl out.
Indian players hit the stumps thrice out while Pakistan players missed all the three times. India won the match by 3-0 in a bowl out.
2. 24th September 2007, Johannesburg – India won by 5 runs
It was the best ever India-Pakistan clash in T20I cricket till the date. India-Pakistan met in the final of inaugural World T20 at 2007. After winning the toss, India decided to bat first. But the batsmen were struggling to make runs against good Pakistan bowling attack. With the help of opener Gautam Gambhir’s 75 runs and middle order batsman Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 30 runs, India managed to put 157 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.
In reply, Pakistan batting line up was locked up by the Indian bolwers. Only Misbah-ul-Haq put a fight in the front Indian bowlers and brought Pakistan team very close to the target. But in the end, he failed to scoop Joginder Sharma and Pakistan were all-out for 152 runs in 19.3 overs. India won the match by 5 runs and became the 1st champion of World T20.
3. 30th September 2012, Colombo (RPS) – India won by 8 wickets
After a five year long wait, India-Pakistan again met in the T20I and this time also in World T20 which was played in 2012 in Sri Lanka. It was the group encounter where Pakistan decided to bat first after winning the toss. Pakistan batting totally collapsed in the front of Indian bowling as Pakistan were bowled out for just 128 runs in 19.4 overs.
Chasing a mediocre total, India reached the target in 17 overs with 8 wickets in hands, thanks to Virat Kohli’s outstanding knock of 78* runs.
4. 25th December 2012, Bangalore – Pakistan won by 5 wickets
It was the first match of India and Pakistan in their first ever T20I bilateral series, which comprised of 2 matches. The first one was played in Bangalore on the 2012 Christmas day where Pakistan sent India to bat first after winning the toss. Despite a good start by the Indian opening pair, India only managed 133/9 in 20 overs due to a middle order collapse.
In reply, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez (61 runs) and Shoaib Malik (57* runs) helped their team to recover from early damage and secured their first victory against India in T20I by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare.
5. 28th December 2012, Ahmedabad – India won by 11 runs
It was second and final encounter between India vs Pakistan of a 2-match bilateral series which was played at Ahmedabad. Pakistan decided to bowl first after winning the toss. With Yuvraj Singh’s outstanding 78 run knock and good support from other batsmen, India put 192 runs on the board after losing 5 wickets in 20 overs.
In reply, Pakistan top-order batsmen started well but at the end, they failed 11 runs short of India’s total. With this win, India levelled the 2-match series 1-1 and shared the trophy.
6. 21st March 2014, Dhaka – India won by 7 wickets
It was the last T20I meeting between the two arch-rivals before 2016 Asia Cup T20 and that was 2014 World T20 in Dhaka. After winning the toss, India decided to field first. In the front Indian bowling line-up, Pakistan batting struggled until the end and finally they managed to score 130/7 in 20 overs.
Chasing that total, India reached that target comfortably with 9 balls to spare, losing only 3 wickets in the process.
India is ahead 4-1 out in games as the first match was a tie (though India won the match via a bowl out). But every match has produced great excitement for cricket lovers. Hope 2016 Asia Cup T20 will also produce an exciting match on Saturday.