India vs Pakistan rivalry in cricket is one of the most popular sports antagonisms in the world. They again meet head-on in this year’s Asia Cup that kicks off on 15th September. Fans all around the world hope for an adrenaline rushing match between the two powerhouses that will be played on 19th September. Catch IND vs PAK live exclusively on YuppTV from Australia, New Zealand and Continental Europe (Excluding UK) because all that hype on this game is absolutely worth it. A look back at some of the most thrilling and jaw-dropping recent matches between these two dominants teams tells the whole story:
- 2016- India edged out Pakistan by 5 wickets.
Pakistan was put into bat as MS Dhoni won the toss for the 1st time in a T20 cricket match. Pakistan batsmen were knocked over inside 18 overs for only 83 runs but Mohammad Amir surprisingly denied Indian batsmen from reaching double figures as 3 of them went back to the Pavilion. However, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli had other ideas on his mind as he secured the innings and went on to earn man of the match title.
- 2014- Pakistan scoops the trophy by only 1 wicket.
India was put to bat as Pakistan won the toss in a thrilling and tense face-off. India managed a total of 245 runs which was less than their expectations because Pakistan started off with a decent start. India got back into the game as Pakistan lost simultaneous wickets. Back and forth struggle for supremacy reigned on but it was Shahid Afridi who secured the rather famous win for Pakistan as he hit 2 massive sixes in Ashwin’s last over.
- 2012- India frustrates Pakistan and wins by 6 wickets.
Pakistan won the toss and set to bat first managing their century with a 329 score with India flopping on the opener. India was slow to catch up to the target set but the legendary Sachin Tendulkar gave a treat to his fans on his last ODI game as he partnered with Virat Kohli to ensure triumph over Pakistan. This particular game saw a record broken and set, as Virat Kohli scored an amazing 183 runs to become the highest score in the Asia cup history books.
Over the course of this intense and extreme rivalry between India and Pakistan, India has had a better performance in the Asia cup with 6 trophies and Pakistan only managing a modest 2 trophies. But they are pretty close in their intoxicating 12 head to head matches with India winning 6 and Pakistan attaining 5 wins and 1 match ending in fiasco due to catastrophic rains. The tense moments and the pressure in India vs Pakistan matches have produced record-breaking performances.
The build-up to another unforgettable match is not complete before we take a look at the most iconic solo performances in the history of the Asia Cup:
- Indian Virat Kohli’s memorable knock in 2012 of 183 is the highest ever individual score of the Asia Cup tournament as he made a mockery of the magnificent Pakistan bowling attack consisting of Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz, and Umar Gul.
- Virat Kohli scored 49 in 2016 as he lived up to his title of the top one-day cricket batsman of his generation as he managed 31 runs off 3.3 overs and aid India to clinch the victory against arch-rival Pakistan.
- Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and cricketer Nasir Jamshed with the highest partnership score of 224 in the 1st wicket against India.
Fans in every part of the world can’t wait for this match as both teams prepare to lock horns in the United Arab Emirates. Watch the rundown of Asia cup 2018 live on YuppTV. Both captains, Rohit Sharma captaining a full Indian tour and counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed captaining the Pakistan side continue to provide more anticipation of the game with their interviews. Both state their confidence with the physical and mental fitness of their teams and are sure they will triumph.