India have never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup © Getty Images
India have never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup © Getty Images


By Dhruv Rupani


It is a known fact to almost every Indian fan that India has defeated Pakistan in every World Cup match they have met.


The semi-final on Wednesday at Mohali will be the fifth meeting between the arch rivals.


A fleeting look into the four India-Pakistan meetings in the World Cup:


1. 1992 World Cup (Sydney) – India won by 43 runs. 

It was for the first time that both the teams played in a World Cup, and there was tension in the air. India won the toss and elected to bat first. The star of the Indian innings was young Sachin Tendulkar, who under pressure remained not out after scoring a 62-ball 54, against an attack comprising of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed.


In reply to India’s 216, Pakistan choked despite Javed Miandad’s hard-fought innings of 40.


The match will be remembered for Miandad funnily imitating the over-enthusiastic and acrobatic Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More.


India: 216 for 7 in 40 overs vs Pakistan 173 all out in 48.1 overs.


2. 1996 World Cup (Bangalore) – India won by 39 runs.


India next met Pakistan at Bangalore in front of a packed stadium in a quarter-final knockout match.


It was India who was under pressure right from ball one, and Pakistan’s famed bowling attack even without their skipper Wasim Akram was taking the game away. However, Waqar Younis, who was having a field day, threw it away in his last overs. He was pounded for 40 runs in 12 balls, as Ajay Jadeja decided to go after his full-length deliveries. His 25-ball 45 took India to a competitive 287 for eight in 50 overs.


Aamir Sohail and Saeed Anwar, the left-handed opening pair of Pakistan, gave their team a good start. The match was in Pakistan’s hands until Sohail, in a moment of insanity, went after an in-swinging, full-length ball from Venkatesh Prasad to be clean bowled. The previous ball was smashed for four with such audacity that Sohail sledged Prasad. But Prasad exacted immediate revenge by getting Sohail’s wicket. He then capped it by giving the batsman a verbal lashing on his way back.


The match almost ended with that wicket, though Miandad once again delayed a Pakistan loss. Pakistan, the defending champions were dumped in the garbage and it also resulted in riots across Pakistan with people getting injured or dead.


India: 287 for 8 in 50 overs vs Pakistan 248 for 9 in 49 overs.


3. 1999 World Cup (Manchester) – India won by 47 runs.


This was a Super Six match. Prior to this game, India were engaged in a war with Pakistan over Kashmir. Both teams were not in the mood to entertain each other, and this produced a fantastic contest.


India again batted first after winning the toss on a deteriorating, subcontinental type Manchester wicket. Rahul Dravid and captain Mohammad Azharuddin scored half-centuries each as India scored 227 for six after batting out their full 50 overs.


Pakistan, in reply, fell like a pack of cards. Venkatesh Prasad had another good game, picking up five wickets, using his swing to great effect in the English conditions.


India won, but it unfortunately could not help them reach the semi-finals, whereas Pakistan were not affected by this game as they went to the finals of the tournament.


India: 227 for 6 in 50 overs vs Pakistan 180 all out in 45.3 overs.


4. 2003 World Cup (Centurion) – India won by 6 wickets.


India and Pakistan were playing each other after three years, so the expectations were high when both these teams met in a group match. And this was a virtual knock-out match as the winner was certain to qualify for the Super Sixes.


Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, on a decent batting surface. Saeed Anwar, in what was his last World Cup innings, scored a century against India to guide Pakistan to an almost match-winning score of 273 for seven in 50 overs.


India had never successfully chased above 220 in World Cup cricket and it was thus a tough ask. Sachin Tendulkar cleverly took strike to the first ball of the innings by Wasim Akram. And then decided to take on the pacy Shoaib Akhtar, scoring 18 runs off his first over.


The Tendulkar assault made sure India had almost taken complete command of the game in the first five overs itself, as 50 had come up on the board without the loss of a wicket. When Tendulkar finally got out unluckily on 98, India needed 90 runs off 136 balls to win. Dravid and Yuvraj Singh took India home comfortably.


This turned out to be the last international match of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Saeed Anwar.


India’s stuttering campaign was resurrected further as they went on to make it to the World Cup final.


This time, too we have a cracking contest to watch. Tendulkar will be eying his 100th century in international cricket. Shoaib Akhtar would be gunning for revenge against India, in his last tournament. And, of course, both India and Pakistan would be looking to make it to another World Cup final.


Pakistan: 273 for 7 in 50 overs vs India 276 for 4 in 45.4 overs.