Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have always been more than just sports events; they are intense, emotionally charged encounters that capture the imagination of millions around the world.
The rivalry is deeply rooted in history, politics, and cultural differences, making every match a spectacle. In this article, we revisit five historical cricket matches between these two cricketing giants, moments that have left an indelible mark on the game.
1) Chennai Test 1999
The second Test of India's tour of Pakistan in 1999 at Chennai is considered one of the most dramatic Test matches ever played. Pakistan set a daunting target of 271 runs for India, and the home team faced a monumental task.
It was a seesaw battle, and the game took an iconic turn when Sachin Tendulkar, despite suffering from a back injury, played an exceptional innings of 136 runs. With every boundary and every six, the crowd roared in support of the “Little Master.”
However, India fell short by just 12 runs, with Pakistan winning the match. This Test showcased the intensity of the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, and Tendulkar's heroic effort remains etched in memory.
2) ICC World T20 Final 2007
The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 gave birth to another memorable India-Pakistan clash, this time in the final. India and Pakistan met in the final at Johannesburg, South Africa, in a format known for its unpredictability.
India posted a target of 158 runs, thanks to Gautam Gambhir's 75 runs. In a nail-biting finish, Pakistan required 13 runs off the final over with one wicket remaining. Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's last hope, played a scoop shot that was caught by Sreesanth just inches from the boundary rope. India won by 5 runs, becoming the first T20 World Cup champions.
The image of Misbah-ul-Haq on his knees, distraught after his dismissal, and the jubilant Indian team remains an iconic moment in T20 cricket history. This match showcased the high-pressure nature of India-Pakistan encounters and the unpredictability of the T20 format.
3) 2004 Karachi Test
Rahul Dravid's marathon innings during the 2004 Test series in Pakistan remains one of the greatest batting performances in the history of Test cricket. In the third Test at Karachi, India faced a daunting task after Pakistan posted a mammoth total of 599/7 declared.
Dravid, known as “The Wall” for his solid technique and resilience, played a monumental innings of 270 runs, holding the Indian innings together for more than twelve hours. His partnership with Virender Sehwag, who scored 254 runs, was a masterclass in batting under extreme pressure. India declared their innings at 675/5, and the match ended in a high-scoring draw.
Dravid's innings showcased the determination and skill that he brought to the game, earning him accolades from fans and cricketers around the world.
4) 1996 World Cup Quarter-final
The 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-final between India and Pakistan in Bangalore is remembered for one iconic moment—Azeem Hafeez's stunning catch. Pakistan had posted a modest total of 248 runs, and India was cruising towards victory, thanks to a sublime innings by Navjot Singh Sidhu.
With just one run needed off the final ball, Chetan Sharma, the last Indian batsman, decided to go for a big shot. He lofted the ball towards the boundary, and just when it seemed like India would win, Azeem Hafeez took an incredible catch on the boundary rope. Pakistan won by a single run, and the stadium erupted in celebration.
This match exemplified the unpredictable nature of cricket, especially in India-Pakistan encounters, and showcased how one moment of brilliance can change the course of a game.
5) T20 World Cup 2022
The India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2022 match was a thrilling encounter, with India eventually coming out on top by 4 wickets. Pakistan batted first and scored 159/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Babar Azam was the top scorer for Pakistan with 68 runs.
India bowled well in the death overs, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 3 wickets and Arshdeep Singh taking 2 wickets. Virat Kohli’s six on Haris Rauf’s ball was one of the highlights of the match and it is a moment that is still talked about whenever these two teams have met recently.