India kept their unbeaten record over Pakistan in World Cups intact as the defending champions kick started their 2015 ICC World Cup campaign with a 76 run win over their arch-rivals in a Group B encounter at Adelaide. With this, India have beaten Pakistan for the sixth time in World Cups (tenth time including World T20). (See here: India beat Pakistan by 77 runs at Adelaide)
When there is a match between India and Pakistan, it is bound to be a Cricket Carnival, especially when the match is a World Cup match. Throughout decades, this rivalry is considered to be the most heated one among the Cricket fans. And as a matter of fact, both the teams delivered up to their fullest potential whenever they played each other in World Cup Cricket, irrespective of it being a 50-over World Cup or a T20 World Cup. Here we present to you the top 5 Indo-Pak matches in the history of 50 over World Cups.
ICC World Cup, 1992: It was a successful World Cup for Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan but the match against India was not a memorable one. India batted first in the match and scored 216 runs. In reply, Pakistan crumbled at the score of 173 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged as the Man of the Match. Pakistan though won the World Cup, but still lost to arch rivals India. This was the first time India and Pakistan played against each other in a World Cup.
ICC World Cup Quarter Final, 1996:
It was yet another mouth-watering contest between the arch rivals. India batted first and scored a total of 287 runs. In reply, Pakistan were restricted at the score of 248 runs. The clash between Aamir Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad did manage to get a lot of attention, with Prasad winning the battle after getting Aamir Sohail bowled. Also, Ajay Jadeja thrashed Waqar Younis in the late overs to hep India end their innings on the high.
ICC World Cup 1999:
For the third World Cup in succession, the arch-rivals faced off each other in the extravaganza and this time, it was at the historic Old Trafford stadium at Manchester.
ICC World Cup, 2003:
It was the group stage match in the 2003 World Cup. Both the teams needed a victory to cement their positions in the Super Eight round. Pakistan posed a total of 273 runs on the board. In reply, the Indian innings was anchored by Sachin Tendulkar with his blistering knock of 98 runs. India won the match by a margin of 6 wickets. That six by Sachin Tendulkar against Shoaib Akhtar is still placed in the hearts of cricket fans. One interesting thing that Sachin revealed about the match is that it was the first time in this World Cup that Sachin faced the first ball. Before this, it was Sehwag who took the strike every time. Sachin felt that Wasim Akram would have too many tricks under his belt for a young Sehwag.
ICC World Cup Semi Final, 2011:
It was an epic battle in the previous edition of the World Cup tournament. It was the battle of the nerves and the occasion could have been none better. A World Cup semi-final. India scored 260 runs by batting first. In reply, Pakistan were bundled at the score of 231 runs on the board and India marched on to the final which ultimately resulted in India winning the World Cup. Pakistan had to pay for the sloppy fielding they had put, dropping Sachin Tendulkar quite a few times. Pakistan had a decent chance, before Younis Khan and Misbah went into a shell and the required run rate climbed up. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar, with the slice of luck and Suresh Raina, with the late bloom helped India to post a total of 260 runs.