This will be the fifth India-Pakistan match in all World T20Is © AFP
This will be the fifth India-Pakistan match in all World T20Is © AFP

ICC World Twenty20(T20) events go hand-in-hand with IndiaPakistan matches. Come March 19, 2016 — Eden Gardens, Kolkata— the world shall witness another submit clash between arch nemesis India and Pakistan in Match No. 19, Super 10 stage  of the ongoing World T20 in India. Having been devoid of any India-Pakistan affair, this is the second time both team face each other in a span of one month, both India-Pakistan played in Match No.4 of the competition, which the former won by 5 wickets. India clearly hold a physiological edge over Pakistan when it comes to ICC tournaments, where they are yet to be defeated by the penny-royal neighbors. World T20 bears no different, India are 4-0 up going into their fifth tie on Saturday. Vishal Mehra, brings to you a recap of the times India and Pakistan have faced each other, ushering in lot of nervous, enthralling and elated memories. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016, Match 19 at Eden Gardens

India vs Pakistan, Match No.10, Group D:
India and Pakistan first faced in a World T20 match in the inaugural edition at Durban, September 12, 2007. Both teams were relative new to the format and were trying to adjust to demands of quick fast cricket. MS Dhoni led India won the toss and elected to bat against a bowling heavy Pakistan skippered by Misbah-Ul-Haq. India, with the help of a defiant fifty by Robin Uthappa managed to put of a below par score of 141, with Dhoni adding crucial 33 runs late in the innings. Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif picked as many as 4-wickets from the top five. Misbah made a quick fire 53 runs in 35 before getting run-out of the very last ball needing 2 to win of 1, finishing Pakistan’s innings on 141 as well, hence giving rise to the first ever bowl-out in an World T20 stage. READ: India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2016: Do India really need to change team composition after loss against New Zealand?

India went in with two relatively part-time bowling options in Virender Sehwag and Uthappa with Harbhajan Singh being the only recognised bowling into the line. Pakistan went in with three specialist bowlers in Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi. Sehwag was the first player to hit the stumps with Singh and Uthappa achieving the same result where as Arafat, Gul and Afridi missed their chances by some distance to hand India the coveted two points and bragging rights for the winning bowl-out.

Video, Bowl-out India vs Pakistan:

India vs Pakistan, ICC World T20, Final: India and Pakistan met again, second in the tournament, this time in the final of the World T20 2007. Indian batting was led by Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. Gambhir anchored the innings making 75 off 54 balls, getting out in the 18th over. Rohit made a quick fire 16-ball 30 to help India reach a decent total of 157 runs on a batting friendly pitch. It was Pakistan’s skipper Misbah-Ul-haq who helmed his team to a winning position needing 13 off 6 balls to win the first ever T20 trophy. Pakistan had cameos from Imran Nazir and Sohil Tanvir helping their teams cause a bit with top order batsmen failing. READ: ICC World T20 2007: India beat Pakistan in bowl-out in their first T20 clash

With a relatively unknown Joginder Sharma into the attack, it seemed all but lost for India, with Misbah milking the attack. It was until a sudden rush of blood or moment of madness that he tried to scoop over fine-leg only to hand the wobbling S Sreesanth his wicket. Misbah at this point needed to just stay put and calm look for singles. With his wicket Pakistan were bowled out with three balls remaining, as India were announced as the inaugural champions of the World T20.

Video, Match Highlights:

India vs Pakistan, Match No.20, Group 2: The third time both these faced each in the Super eight stage in the World T20 2012 tie at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Pakistan was then skippered by Mohammad Hafeez who on winning the toss elected to bat, started off absolutely well getting as many as 26 runs of the initial two overs, but after that it was India all along the way picking wickets at crucial moments and boggling the Pakistan’s long batting line-up. Lakshmipathy Balaji brought back a lot memories, bowling impeccable line and length, picking wickets at his merry pace. Hafeez snail type approach (15 off 28 balls) exemplified off Pakistan’s batting performance,which ended on 128 runs in 19.4 overs.

India lost out on Gautam Gambhir, man of the match from the finals in 2007, went for a duck this time round, but it was young and brash Virat Kohli, who ensured India got to the target without much hassle. Kohli, carved a 61-ball 78* dismantling Pakistan’s framed bowling attack, he was ably helped by Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh. Kohli was adjured the Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock and also picking up the crucial wicket of Hafeez.

India vs Pakistan, 13th match, Group 2: The fourth time these team collided against each other in World T20 game was in the last edition in Bangladesh in 2014 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur. India skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first this time around, which yielded nothing different from previous ties. Pakistan again amongst all the panic and nervousness managed just 130 runs. For Pakistan it was Umar Akmal’s 30-ball 33 and 20’s by Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood that were of any consequence. READ: India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2016: Pakistan’s win will elevate them as tournament favourites

It was India’s leg spinner Amit Mishra who turned the tides for his team, picking Shehzad and Shoaib Malik before they could make any seizable impact on the match. India reply started off well with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan adding 54 runs in 8 overs before Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina partnership smacked the day lights of Pakistani bowling. Kohli made a 32-ball 36, while Raina rocket to a 28- ball 35 guiding India to a memorable victory by 7-wickets.

Video, Match Highlights:

As we get ready to another chapter to the ever growing folklore of India vs Pakistan matches in the World T20 stages, it only adds much spice and a sense of relative fear amongst fans this time around with India desperately needing a win on Saturday and Pakistan looking to calm their nerves and carry on their on-field chores at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.