A cricket match ceases to be a clash between the bat and ball, when India and Pakistan take the field, with the kind of emotion that comes to fore form both sides.
The world cup matches between this two neighboring countries is equivalent to the magnus event movies of big bollywood stars which release on Eid, Diwali, Christams and New-years. Every cricket fan is always eager to watch these two teams take on each other, especially when it’s world cup.
Come this Sunday i.e. 16th June, Virat Kohli’s team is set to face the unpredictable Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Pakistan team, and fans of both countries can’t wait anymore to watch the epic encounter to take place at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
Although, the rain has been causing problems in this world cup as 4 matches have already been canceled especially due to it, but everyone's praying that it doesn't happen on Sunday.
As the match is happening tomorrow, there can be no better time than now to look at the glorious 90s world cup encounters between India & Pakistan.
It is fascinating that the first ever world cup match was played in the iconic SCG nine years after the Indian team won the world cup.
Yes, surprising but true, the first world cup match between both these nations took place during the 1992 world cup, in which India scored 215 with the help of Sachin Tendulkar’s unbeaten 54 and Ajay Jadeja’s 46 runs. In reply the rivals could only manage to score 173 runs thus India won the match by 43 runs.
Now, how many of you remember the visuals of Javed Miandad jumping up and down to mock Kiran More, if you have recollected the visuals and wondering which match was that, then let us tell you this was the same match where all of it unfolded.
2. 1996 fight for a semi-final spot - The perfect send-off episode
The strokeless wonder to Sixer Sidhu. This match is remembered for a lot of things, but people often tend to remain aloof from the fiery innings played by Navjot Singh Sidhu. He took on the challenge posed by the Pakistani bowling attack by scoring 93 runs, and along with some useful cameos, the Indian score was propelled to 287.
The target of 288 was quite a daunting total to chase down in those days. Pakistan did put forward a reasonable fight, but they ended up scoring 248 runs thanks to the 55 run and 48 run innings played by the two openers Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar.
Not to forget that this was the same match where Aamer Sohail hit Venkatesh Prasad for a boundary and signaled with his bat where the next is heading. This fired up the ‘Silent Assassin’, who then knocked the stumps out of the ground in the next to delivery and gave a fitting send-off
1999 - The one in Old Trafford, Manchester
On 16th of June 2019, India will play its fourth game in the league phase against Pakistan in the same ground where they beat the arch rivals 20 years ago in the 1999 world cup. Though the team Pakistan team of 199 world cup were much stronger than the current lot. Not eliminating the fact that this Pakistan team is highly unpredictable and can give any team a run for their money on their day.
Now, time travel back to 1999, the stage was set for a fierce battle between bat and ball. On one side, we had the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, and Azhar, while on the other the vicious pacers like Wasim Akram and Sohaib Akhtar. The former would break your toes with the inswinging Yorkers, while the latter can make you smell leather with the bouncers.
The Indian team managed to score 227 runs on the back of gritty half-centuries scored by Dravid and Azhar, and Sachin also played a crucial inning of 45. In reply, the Pakistani team could muster only 180 with Inzamam top scoring with 41 runs, and for the Indian team ‘Silent Assassin’ Venkatesh Prasad took a fiver and bagged the man of the match award.
With this match, the clash of the 90s ended and the seeds for 21st-century world cup face-off were sown, with the entry of young players like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Shahid Afridi, and many others. One of the stark changes that could be immediately witnessed with young faces was that the level of fielding went to an all new level.
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