The most anticipated match in 2019 World Cup is scheduled for Sunday. India will play Pakistan on Sunday and will look to heap more humiliation on their arch-rivals if the rain gods keep away. India have never lost to Pakistan in World Cup and are unbeaten so far in this tournament. Pakistan are struggling at the moment and another loss would mean their chances to qualify for semis will be bleak.
Nevertheless, India and Pakistan have always promised enough entertainment to keep fans from both the countries glued to the match. Cricwizz takes a look at some of the top unforgettable moments in India vs Pakistan clashes in 50-overs World Cup.
Jumping act in 1992 World Cup
India was up against arch-rivals Pakistan during the Benson and Hedges World Cup in 1992. Tempers were already running high. Indian keeper Kiran More was vociferously appealing against Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad. The Pakistan batsman was unable to take any more of More’s continuous chanting and excessive appealing and jumped three times to mimic the Indian keeper’s style of appealing. The scene when Miandad jumped and More walked off has been etched in the fans’ memories forever.
Ajay Jadeja’s 22-run over in 1996 World Cup quarters:
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 in India’s 48th over to shift 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.
Aamer Sohail’s taunt of Venkatesh Prasad in 1996 WC quarters:
Remember Pakistan’s Aamer Sohail’s gestures with the bat to the boundary after he smashed a delivery from Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad for four in the 1996 World Cup quarters. Prasad then replied the next ball itself, bowling Sohail through the gates. Pakistan was cruising till that point at 84/0 only to lose the match by 39 runs.
Sachin-Sehwag’s uppercuts in 2003 WC
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag’s uppercuts against the Pakistan bowling attack in 2003 World Cup is stuff made of legends. India were chasing a target of 274 and needed a good start. Sachin-Sehwag pair destroyed the Pakistan new bowling line-up. Sachin was severe on his old nemesis Shoaib Akhtar, cracking a wide and short ball for an uppercut to the point boundary for a six. Akhtar was taken out of the attack after just one over costing 18 runs. Sehwag repeated the shot an over later, but this time against Waqar Younis, sending fans into a frenzy.
Pakistan generosity as Sachin makes merry
In the 2011 World Cup semis, Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 85 but it wasn’t without help from Pakistan’s buttered fingers. Sachin was let off Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq, the two best fielders in Pakistan’s camp. Besides, Sachin survived LBW dismissal thanks to DRS.
Sachin was not at his best and kept giving chances to Pakistan who refused to take them. Finally, Sachin’s luck ran out and he was caught by Afridi off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal. But throughout Sachin’s shaky innings, Indian fans’ hearts were in their mouth, while Pakistan fans pulled out their hair in frustration.