The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup matches are due to take place in September 2018 would be a rare treat for cricket fans around the world. The India-Pakistan rivalry is one of the most intense rivalries in the world of cricket. Asia cup being the battle for Asian supremacy adds a special dimension to this high-profile encounter.
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When it comes to winning the Asia cup trophy, India has a definite edge over Pakistan. Although both nations are considered the top sporting nations in Asia, Pakistan and India have never ever met in an Asia Cup final.
Overall, India has won 5 Asia Cups in ODI format and they have also won the 2016 tournament which was played in Twenty20 format. Pakistan have 2 Asia Cup trophies to their name but they also won the Asian Test Championship.
Both teams have won equal number of matches whenever they’ve locked horns. This indicates another cracking contest on the cards when both teams will face each other in September 2018.
The table below indicates the overall performance of India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Although India have played slightly more number of matches, the win % indicates that India have performed better than their arch-rivals Pakistan.
Virat Kohli tops the list with the best batting performance in India-Pakistan encounters in Asia Cup. Kohli blazed his way to a scintillating 148-ball 183 to lead his side to six-wicket win while chasing a mammoth total of 330. MS Dhoni boasts the highest average while Shahid Afridi, unsurprisingly, has the highest-ever strike rate in these contests.
Batting records by India and Pakistan
Sachin Tendulkar has featured in the most number of games played by India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup and he has the highest number of runs. Virat Kohli has accumulated 613 runs whereas Inzamam is the third highest run-getter.
Highest run-scorers from India and Pakistan in Asia Cups
Saeed Ajmal tops the list for most number of wickets (at a stellar average of 19.40) despite playing fewer number of matches as compared to the other bowlers in the list.
Highest wicket-takers from India and Pakistan in Asia Cups
Younis Khan’s unbeaten 123 off 117 balls saw Pakistan chase down 309 with 27 balls to spare. Misbah-ul-Haq partnered Younis and both ensured a smooth ride for their side. Earlier, Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed provided a solid start before the two veterans took apart the Indian bowling attack.
India’s batting did a decent job after MS Dhoni opted to bat first. Sehwag and Gambhir gave India a solid start before MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma scored half-centuries to propel the total to 308.
In 2010, India and Pakistan faced each other at Dambulla. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan notched up 267 from 49.3 overs as Salman Butt top-scored with 74 off 85 balls whereas Kamran Akmal was the second-highest scorer with 51 off 41 balls. In reply to Pakistan’s 267, India were going along smoothly at 205/3 before a mini batting collapse came on. The trio of Afridi, Malik and Ajmal picked up a wicket each to get Pakistan back in the contest. Suresh Raina stuck towards the end but Harbhajan Singh smoked Mohammad Amir over mid-wicket on the second last ball to seal the victory for his side. There was a bit of a clash between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan Singh towards the end of the game.
Harbhajan and Shoaib in a heated exchange
In 2012, the arch-rivals faced off each other at Dhaka. After opting to bat first, Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed scored hundreds as they put on 224 for the first-wicket partnership. Younis Khan chipped in with a quick-fire 52 off 34 balls to push the total to 329 by the end of 50 overs. Mohammad Hafeez’s love-affair with the left handers continued as he got rid of Gautam Gambhir on the second ball of the innings. After that, Pakistan bowlers looked totally ineffective against Virat Kohli who absolutely blazed away with a magnificent 183 off 148 balls to finish the run-chase inside 48 overs.
Kohli produced a masterclass at Dhaka
Kohli gave respect to the dangermen of the Pakistan attack, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul but went after the shorter lengths of Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema. So much so, Pakistan skipper (at that time) Misbah-ul-Haq called it one of the best ODI innings he had ever seen.
The last time the two teams locked horns in an ODI in the Asia cup was in 2014. The match registered itself in history as one of the closest encounters between Pakistan and India with Pakistan edging out India (by one wicket) in the last over thanks to Shahid Afridi’s heroics. Pakistan had done extremely well in restricting a strong Indian batting to 245 despite few catches dropped and umpiring decisions against their favor.
Pakistan began well in the run-chase but there was a batting collapse as the innings progressed on. Mohammad Hafeez held the run-chase together but when Pakistan required 50 more to win, Hafeez top-edged a sweep to deep square-leg fielder. With 10 required off the final over, Afridi struck two back-to-back sixes to seal the win for his side.