asia cup 2022 is set to kick off on 28th august in the united arab emirates. The continental event will once again see arch-rivals India and Pakistan square off against each other. with teams playing head-to-head only in multi-team tournaments since January 2013, their head-to-head has become much more valuable in the last decade. Although the teams will meet for the first time on August 28 in the upcoming Asian Cup, there is a good chance that they will meet again in the latter part of the tournament, not once but twice.
Before the t20i action between the teams begins at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, let’s look back at all the India vs. Pakistan meetings that have taken place in the Asian Cup so far.
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1984: India beat Pakistan by 54 runs in the inaugural Asian Cup
The low-scoring thriller at Sharjah Cricket Stadium saw India defend a 188-for-4 record against Pakistan in the inaugural Asian Cup. While Surinder Khanna’s 56-run knockout took India to a fight total of 46 overs, bowling by Ravi Shastri and Roger Binny helped the team win the match. Shastri returned 3 for 40 while Binny took 3 for 33. It is worth noting that four of Pakistan’s batsmen lost their wickets through exhaustion and that played a crucial role in their loss to India.
1988: India’s second consecutive Asian Cup victory over Pakistan
the match in dhaka saw india win the game by 4 wickets. bowling first, the team eliminated pakistan with 142 runs, courtesy of arshad ayub 5 for 21. meanwhile, kapil dev and maninder singh claimed two wickets each.
in the pursuit, india also lost ground at regular intervals, but mohinder amarnath’s undefeated 74 kept them going. the side ultimately won the game in 40.4 overs with four wickets in hand.
1995: Pakistan record their first Asian Cup victory over India
the match at sharjah cricket stadium saw a dominant performance from pakistan as they recorded their first asian cup win over arch rivals india. riding in fifty from imzamam-ul-haq (88) and wasim akram (50 not out of 46), pakistan recorded a total of 266 for 9.
In response, India was reeling to 37-for-4 at one point before navjot singh sidhu and sanjay manjrekar played 54-run and 50-run shots, respectively. However, even that couldn’t stop Pakistan, as India was ultimately eliminated by 169. Pakistan won the game by a whopping 97 runs.
1997: the rain plays spoilsport
india were looking for total control by reducing pakistan to 30 for 5 in 9 overs, thanks to venkatesh prasad’s four wicket run (4 for 17), when the skies opened. the rain in colombo finally forced to suspend the match.
2000: Pakistan’s second Asian Cup win over India
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Pakistan had defeated India by 44 runs in Dhaka for their second Asian Cup win over their arch-rivals. Batting first, the team went 295-for-7, thanks to an undefeated century from Mohammad Yousuf and contributions from Saeed Anwar and Moin Khan. meanwhile, anil kumble had returned 3 of 43.
in response to the total, india dropped to 75-4 from 68-1 and pakistan has never looked back since. They continued to contribute wickets at regular intervals and eventually finished off India by 251. Abdul Razzaq was the bowlers’ choice with figures of 4 for 29 from 8 overs.
2004: Pakistan continues to dominate India
The next edition of the asia cup arrives and pakistan continues to dominate india, this time with a 59-run victory in r. premadasa stadium, colombo. Batting first, Pakistan went 300-for-9 in the stipulated 50-overs quota before stopping India at 241-for-8.
shoaib malik shone for pakistan with his 143-run hitting, 127 balls in the first inning and 2-for-42 figures in the second. for india, sachin tendulkar scored 78 runs but that could not win the game for the team.
2008: india 1-1 pakistan
Group stage: India breaks Pakistan’s winning streak
India defeated Pakistan by 6 wickets to record their first Asian Cup victory over opponents since 1988. What made the victory even more special was the fact that it came on Pakistan’s home soil. The game in Karachi saw Shoaib Malik’s 125 leading Pakistan to 299 for 4 batting first.
in response, india was led by virender sehwag’s extravagant 119-run innings that came from just 95 balls. Sehwag hit 12 fours and five sixes during his match-winning stroke as India chased the goal of 300 runs in 42.1 overs. suresh raina also helped the cause of india with 84 runs eliminating 69 balls.
super 4: pakistan recovers
While the group stage saw India dictating the terms, Pakistan recorded an 8-wicket comeback victory over India in the Super 4s. ms dhoni’s 76 and rohit sharma’s 58 led india to 308 for 7 in karachi, but pakistan made child’s play by coming home with 27 balls to spare. younis khan’s 123 not eliminated and misbah-ul-haq’s 70 paved the way for an easy victory for pakistan.
2010: India wins by 3 wickets in latest thriller
the match in dambulla is well remembered for the clash between harbhajan singh and shoaib akhtar. The duo had a verbal exchange before Harbhajan hit Mohammad Amir for a six and sealed the game for India on the penultimate ball with three wickets in hand.
The match started with pakistan batting first. Salman Butt’s 74 took the side of 267 before they were eliminated. In response, Gautam Gambhir’s 83rd and Ms Dhoni’s 56th kept India in the hunt and Harbhajan eventually helped the team to a thrilling victory.
2012: virat kohli special helps india beat pakistan
in the match in mirpur, virat kohli had hit a fantastic 183 from 148 balls, a score that remains the best in odis to date.
Batting first, Pakistan went 329 for 6 as Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed scored centuries, but Kohli’s marathon hit scoffed at the big goal. The right-handed batsman smashed 22 fours and a six to help India win the game by 6 wickets and 13 balls remaining.
2014: Pakistan overtakes India in close competition
the match in mirpur went to the end as pakistan needed 10 runs to win the last over with only one wicket in hand. It was a special strike from Shahid Afridi – 34 no outs from 18 balls that included two straight sixes in the final over – that helped pakistan edge India. In addition to Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez had also played a crucial 75-run strike.
batting first, india had posted 245 for 8 with the help of half a century of rohit sharma and ambati rayudu. In response, Pakistan lost wickets as a group towards the end, but Afridi’s quick cameo helped them successfully chase down the total.
2016: india beat pakistan by 5 wickets
india had beaten pakistan by just 83 runs in the t20 format of the tournament in mirpur and the chase looked like a doddle for them until mohamed amir gave them a real scare. amir dismissed starters rohit sharma and ajinkya rahane on their individual scores of zero each then sent suresh raina back to the hut to put india in a precarious 3-for-8 state. it was virat kohli’s 49th of 51 which saved India’s blush in the miserable chase when the team finally won the game by 5 wickets and with 27 balls remaining.
2018: india 2-0 pakistan
india defeats pakistan in group a
the pool match between india and pakistan in dubai saw the team led by rohit shama record a comfortable 8 wicket win. Batting first, Pakistan was eliminated by 162 when Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav each picked three wickets. In response, Rohit Sharma’s 52 and Shikhar Dhawan’s 46 led the Indian innings as the team recorded an easy win.
india continues to dominate
in the super 4s match, india defeated pakistan by 9 wickets. the latter could only muster 237 for 7, as jaspreet bumrah, kuldeep yadav and yuzvendra chahal each picked two wickets. In response, Rohit Sharma’s 111 did not come out and Shikhar Dhawan’s 114 mocked Pakistan’s total as India came home at 39.3 overs.