Memorable India vs. Pakistan Clashes

Due to the amount of cricket, or the lack of it, India and Pakistan play against each other, the cricket fans have to get the dose of entertainment from the past matches. With the political tension between the two countries not allowing a bi-lateral series, an ICC event is the only place where we see them tussle against each other. As these two teams gear up for the ICC World Cup clash later this month, let's take a journey down the memory lane to relive some memorable India/Pakistan moments.

#1 Rothmans Four-Nation Cup, Sharjah, March 22, 1985

How often do you see a bowlers' career-best figures in a losing cause? This is precisely what happened to Imran Khan when he bowled that scintillating spell of 14 for six in 10 overs against India in Sharjah back in 1985.

Winning the toss choosing to bowl first, Pakistan reduced India to 34 for 5 with Imran Khan picking up four of those top five wickets. Azharuddin held one end for India, while the others were finding it difficult to put bat to ball. Kapil Dev scored handy 30 to support Azharuddin's 47. India eventually bundled in the 43rd over for just 125 as Imran picked up 2 more wickets in addition to his 4 earlier in the innings.

Chasing smaller targets in bowler-friendly condition with an unpredictable batting line-up is always tricky. Although 125 isn't much of a score to chase, Pakistan collapsed to 87 all-out with 33 overs against the pace of Kapil Dev and spin of L Sivaramakrishnan and Ravi Shastri who 7 wickets among them.

Imran Khan was still adjudged the Man of the match for his fiery bowling spell.

#2 Wills World Cup Quarter Final, Bengaluru, March 9, 1996

India have never lost to Pakistan in an ODI World Cup match and most of the wins have been comprehensive. However, the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal encounter was a very fiercely-fought contest and was the one that looked going Pakistan's way until Venkatesh Prasad bowled the ball of the match.

Batting first in a tense match, India reached 287 on the back of superb 93 by Navjot Singh Sidhu and swashbuckling 45 off just 25 deliveries by Ajay Jadeja, who tore Waqar Younis apart. Pakistan made quick progress in the chase making 84 in the first 10 overs.

At 109 for 1, going at more than 6 an over, victory looked in Pakistan's grasps. Amir Sohail hit Venkatesh Prasad to the extra-cover fence and then gestured "fetch that" with his bat. Prasad did not like that. Not one bit. In the very next ball though, Prasad bowled a career-defining delivery to dismiss Sohail who attempted a similar slash. Prasad gave him a fiery send-off, but most importantly gave India an opening in the match. India was all over Pakistan thereon. Pakistan eventually lost by 39 runs.

#3 India tour of Pakistan, Karachi, March 13, 2004

Chasing targets of around 350 wasn't a norm in the early 21st century as it is today. But Pakistan looked certain to pull-off a heist against India in Karachi chasing 350 until they couldn't.

In the first ODI at Karachi, India produced 349 in the first innings on the back of Sehwag's quickfire 79 in 57 and Dravid's calculated 99. Pakistan were generous with 38 extras. A target of 350 was unlikely to surpass, especially in that era.

However, Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq launched a counter-attack scoring 135 in 20 overs for the third wicket. Once Yousuf got out, Inzamam continued the charge and took Pakistan close to 280. Pakistan had 8 overs and big hitters needing to score the remaining 70 odd. Although Pakistan went at the required pace, they kept losing wickets.

With 9 needed off the last over with 3 wickets in hand, Pakistan looked favorites for a historic win. However, a sublime effort in the field by Mohammed Kaif got rid of Shoaib Malik. Pakistan fell short by 5 runs.

#4 Austral-Asia Cup Final, Sharjah, April 18, 1986

What is better than an India/Pakistan final? An India/Pakistan thriller of a final that went to the last ball. That's what happened in the Austral-Asia cup final in 1986 in Sharjah.

After being put in to bat first in a final, India made steady progress on the back of 100-plus partnership between Srikkanth and Gavaskar. Vengsarkar also contributed with a half century. However, a middle order collapse meant India could reach 245 in the first innings.

Chasing 246, Pakistan were reduced to 110 for 4 and the match looked in India's grasp. However, one man was standing between India and victory. Javed Miandad held one end as the rest of the batting collapsed around him. With four needed off the last ball of the match, Miandad launched a full toss -- a misdirected yorker -- from Chetan Sharma into the stands to register a famous victory for Pakistan.

That ball is still remembered in both countries with completely contrasting emotions. This was a classic example of an ODI being reduced to just 1-ball.

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