When it comes to Indo-Pak cricket encounters, in the modern era for the subcontinent fans nothing is much bigger than arch rivals rivalry specially in cricket. As there is no bilateral series among the arch rivals since 2012-13, they have met each other in ICC events so far since then till now and they are going to meet again once more after World T20-2016. Indo-Pak encounters in ICC events are the best way of earnings for ICC and the best possible entertainment for Indo-Pak fans as well. This highly tensed rivalry catches up everyone into its fever.
Let’s have a look on the history of the Indo-Pak encounters in Champions Trophy.
India has never been beaten by Pakistan in World Cups, but Pakistan has a better record in the Champions Trophy.
History Of Champions Trophy Encounters:
Edgbaston, Birmingham, June 15, 2013
India won by eight wickets (D/L Method)
Man Of The Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India bowled Pakistan out for 165 with equal contributions from all bowlers. After a rain delay, it chased down 102 in 19.1 overs to clinch the match by eight wickets.
SuperSport Park, Centurion, September 26, 2009
Pakistan won by 54 runs
Man Of The Match: Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik’s 126-ball 128 and Mohammad Yousuf’s 87 helped Pakistan post a total of 302, despite Ashish Nehra’s 4-55. It then bowled India out for 248, with only Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid managing half-centuries.
Edgbaston, Birmingham, September 19, 2004
Pakistan won by three wickets
Man Of The Match: Yousuf Youhana
Yousuf Youhana’s 81* steered Pakistan’s run chase after its bowlers had restricted India to just 200 in 49.5 overs. Rahul Dravid’s 67 was the standout for India, while Shoaib Akhtar and Naved-ul-Hasan took four wickets each.
Players To Watch Out:
With runs all around the world, and a magnificent record against Pakistan, Virat Kohli can never be ignored as a key player. Over the past few years, Kohli has grown to be India’s most valuable asset by dominating opposition bowlers with his quick hands and strong wrists. Pakistan will have to be wary of his ability to score quick runs, and find a way to get him out early.
Against such a strong batting line-up like India’s, Pakistan’s bowling will have to be on point. After recently being re-introduced into the Pakistan bowling line-up, Mohammad Amir has shown immense ability to pitch the ball up, and swing the new ball. In his last game against India at the ICC World T20 2016, he reduced them to 8 for 3 in 2.4 overs and almost dismantled India’s top order. India will have to watch out and be patient against him.
Points To Ponder:
1) MS Dhoni averages 58.38 against Pakistan with two centuries and nine fifties.
2) Pakistan leads the Champions Trophy tally against India 2-1.
3) Virat Kohli’s high score of 183 in ODIs came against Pakistan.
4) Shoaib Malik will be a key factor for Pakistan and he has best performances against the country of his wife.
Best At Champions Trophy:
India: Winners 2013; Joint-winner 2002
Pakistan: Semi-finalists 2009, 2004, 2000
India to play Pakistan in Group B of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Sunday, June 4 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Match: India v Pakistan
Group: Group B
Date: Sunday, June 4
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham