In the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan have faced off 14 times. India has an 8-5 advantage in the head-to-head record; the only match to be called off was in 1997. In actuality, Pakistan has only triumphed over India in the Asia Cup once in the ten years between 2008 and 2018, despite the fact that it was one of the most exciting games ever played between the two teams.
India and Pakistan are ready for another encounter in the upcoming Asia Cup tournament where two teams will fight on 28 August at Dubai International Stadium.
Let’s have a look to 5 most memorable India vs Pakistan clashes in the Asia Cup history:
- Dambulla 2010 (Group match): India win by 3 wickets
Harbhajan Singh’s six off the penultimate ball of the game and Gautam Gambhir’s masterful 83 off 97 balls helped India win a nail-biting match. Furthermore, it was the match in which Gambhir famously sparred with Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal during a drinks break before the umpires and the two players were able to separate them. When Pakistan batted first, they scored 267 runs, with opener Salman Butt leading the way with 74 runs off of 85 balls. Incredibly, Harbhajan managed to hit the six off Mohammad Amir, who was spitting fire on the day, just two balls after Raina was dismissed, winning the epic for India.
- Mirpur 2014 (Group match): Pakistan win by one wicket
Pakistan’s lone victory over India in the previous six rounds was a game-changing victory. Saeed Ajmal took the initiative to hold India to 245/8. But after that, with Ravichandran Ashwin matching Ajmal’s three-wicket haul, Pakistan nearly botched the chase. But Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood’s careful 82-run partnership off 127 balls for the fifth wicket effectively ended India’s chances of winning. The game was subsequently won by Shahid Afridi, who blasted back-to-back sixes off the third and fourth balls of the final over to score the nine runs needed to win.
- Dhaka 1988 (Group match): India win by 4 wickets
India defeated Pakistan for 142 runs in the 45-over game, thanks to spinner Arshad Ayub’s 5/21 figures, in a low-scoring thriller. Although India’s chase was far from easy, they eventually prevailed by four wickets with six overs remaining.
- Dubai 2018 (Super Four): India win by nine wickets
Only in the 2018 Asia Cup did India and Pakistan square off against one another twice. India won both contests easily, but the second was notable for a demonstration of an opening stand by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Both Rohit and Dhawan struck hundreds as India chased a 238-run target, putting up an opening partnership of 210 runs in 33.3 overs. While Rohit remained unbeaten at 111 off 119, Dhawan was the aggressor, scoring 114 off 100 balls.
- Mirpur 2012 (Group match): India win by six wickets
At the time, this was India’s most successful ODI chase, and Virat Kohli was the star of the show. Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed, the opening pair, each made a century as Pakistan, batting first, amassed a score of 329/6. The 330-run target was then set for India by Younis Khan, who hammered 52 off just 34 balls.
Then, however, came the Virat Kohli show, which was ably assisted initially by none other than Sachin Tendulkar and then by Rohit Sharma. For the second wicket, Kohli and Tendulkar put up 133 runs in just 116 balls, and for the third wicket, he and Rohit put up a huge 172-run partnership in 158 balls. When Kohli was dismissed, he had scored 183 runs in 148 balls which is his highest score in ODIs till this date. The innings included 22 fours and one six. Thanks to Kohli ‘s mammoth effort team India won the match.