India will play Pakistan on Sunday and the cricketing world will be glued to the match. The match was all but cancelled due to the tension between the two countries before the tournament. But now it’s set to go on schedule. And India would look to keep their unbeaten World Cup records intact against Pakistan. The ‘Men In Green’ are yet to beat India in World Cup across all formats.
There have been few memorable performances from both teams whenever the two teams have clashed together in the World Cup.
Cricwizz takes a look at top batting and bowling performances in India and Pakistan clashes in the 50-overs World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup
Sachin admitted later that he could not sleep for days ahead of the crucial match against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup. And he turned up a match-winning knock of 98 against a Pakistan bowling attack that comprised greats such as Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis, Shahid Afridi.
Sachin unleashed his full array of strokes during his herculean knock. He uppercut a delivery from Akhtar for a six over the third man only for his disciple Virender Sehwag to repeat stoke in the same over.
Sachin’s backfoot cover drive was sheer delight. Although Akhtar denied Sachin a century, the God of Cricket has had done enough to help Indian maintain its 100 percent winning record against their arch-rivals in World Cup.
Ajay Jadeja’s 45-run cameo in 1996 World Cup
India were looking to score a total of around 250 in the 1996 World Cup quarters against Pakistan. But finisher Ajay Jadeja had different plans. He smashed 22 runs off Waqar Younis’ bowling in India’s 48th over to move the momentum in India’s favour. India scored a match-winning total of 287/8 as Jadeja played a brilliant cameo of 45 off 25 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Waqar’s last two overs cost 40 runs, which proved to be decisive in the end. India won the match by 39 runs.
Wahab Riaz’s 5/46 against India in 2011 World Cup
Riaz was included in Pakistan’s XI ahead of Shoaib Akhtar. And Riaz did not disappoint. He came up with bowling figures of 5/46 to restrain India from scoring a big total and restricted them to 260/9. Riaz was brilliant with the ball, taking the prize wickets of Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. His slower yorker to dismiss in-form Yuvraj for a golden duck was easily the ball of the tournament. However, Riaz’s performance ended up on a losing note.
Venkatesh Prasad’s 5/27 against Pakistan in 1999 World Cup
India were defending a below-par total of 228 and needed their bowlers to do the job for the team. Venkatesh Prasad exploited the English conditions brilliantly to take five for 27 and help India bowl out Pakistan for 180 to coast to a 47-run win. Prasad got the ball to swing in pace friendly conditions and Pakistan struggled to put bat to ball. Prasad got the prize wickets of Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saleem Malik and Moin Khan. Pakistan could not survive Prasad onslaught and succumbed to another World Cup loss to India.
Virat Kohli’s 107 against Pakistan in 2015 World Cup
Virat Kohli was not in the best of form entering the 2015 World Cup. But he raised his game in the important clash against Pakistan and scored a brilliant 107 off 126 balls with 8 fours. Although he wasn’t at his best, he put his heads down to score valuable runs for his team. His took his time to settle down and batted till the 46th over to anchor the innings. It was a slow ton from Kohli, but in the context of the game, it was a match-winner as India posted 300/7. India then bowled out Pakistan for 224 to win the match by 76 runs.