The mother of all battles is back again. India kick-off their 2011 World Cup campaign with a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at Adelaide Oval. Over the years, both the teams have provided some classics on the biggest stage. Here's a recap of the the previous five India-Pakistan World Cup clashes.
1992 World Cup group stage match
Date: March 4
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
Result: India won by 43 runs
This was the first World Cup clash between the them. After opting to bat, India lost opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth early but Ajay Jadeja, who replaced Ravi Shastri in the starting line-up, justified his selection by playing a patient knock of 46 in just his second ODI as he added 61 runs (highest partnership of the innings) with Mohammad Azharuddin.
Both the batsmen departed in quick succession but Young Sachin Tendulkar then took over the reins and scored 54 from 62 balls. He added 60 runs from the last eight overs with Kapil Dev to help India reach a competitive 216 from 50 overs.
Chasing under lights, Pakistan got off to a poor start losing Inzamam-ul-Haq and Zahid Fazal with the scoreboard reading just 17 runs. Aamer Sohail kept them in hunt with half-century but the pressure was building as Javed Miandad had eaten up a lot of deliveries.
Tendulkar then turned it around for India with the wicket of Sohail which sparked a collapse as Pakistan lost eight wickets for 68 runs and lost the match by 43 runs.
Moment of the Match: Miandad's frog-leap to taunt Kiran More following the vociferous wicket-keeper's constant appealing.
1996 World Cup Quarter-finals
Date: March 9
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: India won by 39 runs
Another day, another crucial match, this time it was a knock-out clash. India got off to a solid start after opting to bat with Navjot Singh Sidhu and Tendulkar adding 90 for the opening wicket. Pacer Ata-ur-Rehman provided first breakthrough for Pakistan getting rid of Tendulkar but Sidhu carried on to hit 93 before being undone by a Mushtaq Ahmed flipper.
The run rate dipped from then on but Jadeja arrived at the crease and played the innings of his life as he carted Waqar Younis all over the park, hitting him for 40 off two overs, to score 45 off 25 balls (four fours and two sixes) and help India post a competitive 287.
Pakistan had maintained a slow over-rate and this meant that they had to chase the target down in 49 overs. They got off to a blistering start with Sohail and Saeed Anwar hitting 84 runs from the first 10 overs. Javagal srinath finally provided India the breakthrough removing Anwar (48).
Sohail, however, was going berserk at the other end with 55 from 46 balls before Venkatesh Prasad knocked down his off-stump to turn the tables for India. Another couple of wickets from Prasad broke Pakistan's spine. They never really got the momentum going as they lost wickets at regular intervals and fell short by 39 runs.
Moment of the Match: Sohail was going berserk and after hitting Prasad for a boundary in the 15th over, Sohail had a go at Prasad pointing the bat in the direction of the fence. Prasad did not react but hit back with a perfect reply as he had Sohail's off stump knocked over off the very next delivery. A pumped-up Prasad set off in wild celebrations.
1999 World Cup super six match
Date: June 8
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Result: India won by 47 runs
On the backdrop of border tensions, Prasad provided India another victory over Pakistan with a memorable bowling performance. After opting to bat, India recovered well to crawl towards a middling total of 227 thanks to half centuries from Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Chasing the target, Pakistan lost Shahid Afridi early but Saeed Anwar got into the groove playing some sublime shots on his way to 36 from 44 balls with six boundaries. Prasad, however, brought India back into the game as he started the demolition process removing Saleem Malik and then the dangerous Anwar.
He went on the scalp the wickets of Moin Khan (34 in 37 balls), Inzamam and Wasim Akram. Pakistan never recovered after the loss of Anwar and succumbed to a 47-run defeat. Prasad ended with figures of 5/27.
Moment of the Match: A delighted Sachin Tendulkar grabbing a tough catch of the dangerous-looking Moin Khan at the fine leg fence as the Old Trafford crowd went into raptures.
2003 World Cup Group stage match
Date: March 1
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Result: India won by 6 wickets
The 2003 Indo-Pak clash witnessed an innings of a lifetime. A stupendous knock of 98 from 75 balls from Tendulkar just blew away Pakistan. After opting to bat, Anwar's classy century (101) had helped Pakistan post a competitive 273 on the board. The total seemed ominous taking into account the bowling attack that Pakistanis possessed - Wasim, Waqar, Shoaib Akhtar and Abul Razzaq.
Virender Sehwag provided India a brisk start but they were jolted by the departures of Sehwag and Ganguly off consecutive balls. However, Tendulkar was in the mood at the Centurion as he played an array of sublime shots to demolish Akhtar and the rest of the Pakistan attack.
It took a snorter from Akhtar to remove Sachin but the damage had already been inflicted. 98 off 75 balls laced with twelve fours and one six made sure there was no recovery path for Pakistan. Yuvraj Singh and Dravid powered India past the finish line with 26 balls remaining.
Moment of the Match: Tendulka's third man six off Akhtar in the second over which sent the SuperSport crowd into frenzy.
2011 World Cup semi-final
Date: March 30
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Result: India won by 29 runs
Tendulkar, dropped catches and missed run outs defied Pakistan this time around. After opting to bat, India got off to a brisk start thanks to Sehwag's early assault. But Wahab Riaz turned it around for Pakistan with the wickets of Sehwag, Virat Kohli, and in-form Yuvraj Singh.
Tendulkar kept going at the other end, helped by multiple dropped catches. A crucial but lucky 85 from 115 balls helped India to 260. Wahab ended with figures of 5/46 from 10 overs.
Chasing the target, Pakistan got off to a steady start with openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez adding 44 runs. However, Yuvraj again came to India's rescue once again in the tournament as he sent back Akmal. Munaf Patel then had the big wicket of the set Hafeez.
The momentum was sucked from Pakistan's innings from then on as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Misbah (56) kept them in hunt but with the asking rate climbing steadily, there wasn't much he could do as Pakistan slumped to a 29-run defeat.
Moment of the Match: Munaf patel's leg cutter to clean up the dangerous Abdul Razzaq at a crucial juncture. A brilliant delivery that left Razzaq bamboozled and had his stumps shattered.
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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2015 18:49:24 IST