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India and Pakistan will play the opener of Super-10s in the ICC World T20 2014 on 21st March. Bharath Seervi brings out a compilation of numbers and statistics between these two traditional rival teams’ clashes in the modern format of cricket.
The first clash between India and Pakistan in the modern format of cricket — T20 — was in the ICC World T20 2007 at Durban, South Africa. And the match got to end with none of the teams winning! Yes, the match was tied. Bowl-Out, the decider of tied matches, was played and India won on the same basis. With this, India continued their streak of never losing to Pakistan in World Cups (both ODIs and T20Is). India also defeated Pakistan by a mere five runs in the final of the same tournament to lift the inaugural T2o World Cup.
Both teams once again met in the ICC World T20, this time five years later, in Sri Lanka in 2012. India held the upper hand once again and the result was the same which began in the 1992 World Cup. Three months later, they played a T20 bilateral series of two matches in India which ended in a draw 1-1.
Now, India in the way to continue their winning streak against the neighbouring oppositions and the oppositions searching for a way to end the streak, they meet in the first match of Super-10 stage of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
Overall, Pakistan has a better record against India in both the other formats — Tests & ODIs.
Pakistan vs India: Head to Head in all formats
|Format||Total Matches||Won by India||Won by Pakistan||Tied||Drawn||No-result|
Results of the T20I matches between the teams:
|14-Sep-07||Durban||141/9 (20)||141/7 (20)||Tied (India won the bowl-out)|
|24-Sep-07||Johannesburg||157/5 (20)||152/10 (19.3)||India won by 5 runs|
|30-Sep-12||Colombo (RPS)||129/2 (17)||128/10 (19.4)||India won by 8 wickets|
|25-Dec-12||Bangalore||133/9 (20)||134/5 (19.4)||Pakistan won by 5 wickets|
|28-Dec-12||Ahmedabad||192/5 (20)||181/7 (20)||India won by 11 runs|
Man of the Match awardees:
|Date||Man of the Match||Runs||Bowling||Catches|
|14-Sep-07||Mohammad Asif||-||4/18 (4)||-|
|24-Sep-07||Irfan Pathan||3* (3)||3/16 (4)||-|
|30-Sep-12||Virat Kohli||78* (61)||1/21 (3)||-|
|25-Dec-12||Mohammad Hafeez *||61 (44)||0/12 (2)||-|
|28-Dec-12||Yuvraj Singh||72 (36)||1/23 (2)||-|
MS Dhoni has been India’s captain in all the five meetings between the two sides. For Pakistan, two matches were skippered by Shoaib Malik in the 2007 World Cup and the rest of the three matches in 2012 were skippered by Mohammad Hafeez.
Dhoni and Hafeez will be facing each other in the super-10 match in this year’s edition.
Half-Centuries by batsmen:
|50 (39)||Robin Uthappa||4||2||Durban||14-Sep-07||Tied|
|75 (54)||Gautam Gambhir||8||2||Johannesburg||24-Sep-12||Won|
|78* (61)||Virat Kohli||8||2||Colombo (RPS)||30-Sep-12||Won|
|61 (44)||Mohammad Hafeez||6||2||Bangalore||25-Dec-12||Won|
|57* (50)||Shoaib Malik||3||3||Bangalore||25-Dec-12||Won|
|72 (36)||Yuvraj Singh||4||7||Ahmedabad||28-Dec-12||Won|
|55 (26)||Mohammad Hafeez||6||3||Ahmedabad||28-Dec-12||Lost|
8 – Yuvraj Singh
5 – Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez
3 – Gautam Gambhir, Shoaib Malik
14 – Gautam Gambhir
13 – Mohammad Hafeez
12 – Virat Kohli
9 – Ajinkya Rahane, Shoaib Malik
Best Bowling figures:
There have been only two four-wicket hauls between the two teams in T20Is and 7 other 3-wicket hauls.
4/18 – Mohammad Asif, Durban, 14 Sep 2007 (Tied)
4/37 – Umar Gul, Ahmedabad, 28 Dec 2012 (Lost)
Economy Rates in an inning:
|Best Economy Rates in an inning (Min. 3 overs)||Worst Economy Rates in an inning (Min.3 overs)|
|2.25||3/9 (4)||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||2011-12||12||0/36 (3)||Harbhajan Singh||2007-08|
|4||3/16 (4)||Irfan pathan||2011-12||11.5||1/46 (4)||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||2011-12|
|4||2/16 (4)||Ravichandran Ashwin||2011-12||11||1/44 (4)||S Sreesanth||2011-12|
|4.5||4/18 (4)||Mohammad Asif||2007-08||11||0/44 (4)||Sohail Tanvir||2011-12|
|4.5||1/18 (4)||Sohail Tanvir||2007-08||11||0/33 (3)||Shahid Afridi||2011-12|
There have been only one 100+ partnership in the five T20I matches between the two sides. It is the 106 runs stand between Hafeez and Malik for the fourth wicket at Bangalore to successfully chase target of 133.
Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni’s 97-run partnership for fourth wicket at Ahmedabad is the second-best partnership.
Fielding and Wicket-Keeping:
In all the five matches between the two sides, the wicketkeepers have remained the same — Dhoni and Kamran Akmal. The former dismissed seven batsmen (including a stumping) while the latter has got three Indian batsmen dismissed, all caught.
Some Records and Milestones to aim for the players in the match:
- Indian skipper, Dhoni, will be looking to get a half-century as he hasn’t got one in the 43 T20I matches he has played so far. His highest score is 48* vs Australia at Sydney in Feb 2012.
- Virat Kohli needs 58 more runs to complete 8,000 runs in International matches for India. Only 12 Indians have got to the feat so far.
- Shahid Afridi needs one wicket to reach 500 wickets in International cricket. Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are the only Pakistan players to reach this landmark in their career.
- Hafeez needs three wickets to reach 200 wickets in International Cricket.
- If India lose this match, Dhoni will become the Indian captain with most number of defeats in International Cricket. Currently he is tied on 90 defeats with Mohammad Azharuddin.
Pakistan have reached the Semi-Finals in each of the four previous editions of ICC World T20 and will be looking to begin their campaign with a win and of course they will be in concern to somehow break the streak of losing to India in World Cups.
India haven’t reached the Semi-Finals since their inaugural World T20 in 2007 and with West Indies and Australia being the other two in-form teams in the group, they will be thinking to start off the World T20 with a positive result.
And by the way, both the teams won one and lost one of their 2 warm-up matches so far.
Pakistan’s last 5 T20Is: Lost, Won, Won, Won, Lost
India’s last 5 T20Is: Won, Won, Lost, Lost, Won
India are the only team to play less than 50 T20Is among the top eight teams while with 78 matches, Pakistan has played the most number of matches in T20Is.
So, another classical India vs Pakistan match on the way.
(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)
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