Looking back at the previous five encounters between the bitter rivals India and Pakistan

Ahead of their eagerly awaited contest at the Asia Cup, we look back at how the arch-rivals fared against each other across all formats on the last five occasions.

Cricket fans from all over the world are anxiously awaiting the coveted India-Pakistan match. On September 2, India will play Pakistan in the Asia Cup, opening a new chapter in this storied rivalry.

As we wait for the crucial match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, let’s look at their last five meetings.

1-India vs. Pakistan, 23 October 2022, Melbourne, T20 World Cup match

An eagerly anticipated rematch of their 2021 encounter was the India-Pakistan match at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2022.

India’s victory over Pakistan on the game’s final ball made it one of the most thrilling India-Pakistan matches in ICC history.

In the Powerplay overs, India’s fast bowlers were on target, led by an effective spell from Arshdeep Singh. Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, and Mohammed Rizwan were both taken out by Arshdeep in consecutive overs, leaving Pakistan at 15/2 after four overs. The Men in Green’s Shan Masood and Iftikhar Ahmed then combined to stabilize the innings.

Iftikhar attacked the Indian bowlers and quickly reached his half-century off just 32 balls. He specifically targeted the India spinners, hitting them for four sixes. However, Mohammed Shami ended Iftikhar’s blitz by catching him leg before wicket in the thirteenth over. The Indian bowlers continued to strike frequently to keep their team in the contest. Masood’s methodical 52* knock helped Pakistan reach 159/8.

Pakistani pacers early on frightened India. They quickly lost Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma. In the Powerplay overs, Haris Rauf claimed two wickets while Naseem Shah claimed one.

After a slow start to the rebuilding process, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya picked up the pace in the 12th over. Mohammed Nawaz was scored upon for 20 runs during this over.

When Rauf and Naseem only allowed 12 runs in the 16th and 17th overs, Pakistan managed to rally. India needed a special effort because they needed 48 runs from 18 balls.

Kohli batted that innings, switching up his strokes to go from 46 from 42 at the start of the 18th over to 82 from 53 at the end of the innings. A punch back down the floor for a six against Rauf was one of many exquisite shots in the knock.

In a dramatic final over that featured a six off a no-ball, a free-hit bye heist, and a deft leave-off to get a wide, India defeated Pakistan. With the final ball, Ravichandran Ashwin cleared the infield to give India a four-wicket victory.

2-India vs. Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super Four on September 4, 2022, in Dubai

Only a week after their enthralling encounter in the group stages, the two sides met again and produced another cracker. It was Pakistan’s time to shine, as they defeated a tenacious India in a close match.

After being put in to bat, India made a strong start. The openers, Rohit and Rahul, abandoned their usual conservative approach and went on the offensive. In the first five overs, the duo combined for 54 runs, with special emphasis on Naseem. His first spell yielded 25 runs.

However, as Rohit and Rahul fell to Rauf and Shadab Khan in consecutive overs, India’s scoring rate was stifled.

In the face of falling wickets, Kohli anchored the Men in Blue to a strong 181/7 total. His 60 points came from 44 balls, with four fours and one six.

Pakistan’s response was measured at first. Despite Rizwan’s aggressive start, the team needed more than 10 runs per over by the halfway point. In the first half of their innings, they had lost Babar and Fakhar Zaman. Nawaz, the pinch-hitter at No. 4, stole the game from India.

After bowling an economical spell of 1/25 in the first innings, the all-rounder followed it up with a blistering 42. There were six fours and two sixes in the knock.

Both teams struggled in the final overs, but Pakistan won thanks to an aggressive finish from Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah.

3-India vs. Pakistan: Asia Cup group stage match, 28 August 2022, Dubai

In a tense, close-fought battle, India emerged victorious. In the early stages, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck first with the wicket of Babar. Fakhar also fell in the final over of the Powerplay before Rizwan and Iftikhar put on a 45-run stand for the third wicket, but the former was not at his best.

Hardik Pandya shattered Pakistan’s innings with a short ball barrage, taking three wickets in two overs. Shahnawaz Dahani’s two big hits near the end helped his team to a respectable total of 147.

Naseem could not have asked for a better T20I debut, striking off the second ball of the innings to dismiss Rahul for a golden duck. Pakistan’s bowlers were on point, making it difficult for Rohit and Kohli to score freely. India lost both of their key players in the space of eight balls as they attempted to accelerate against Nawaz’s spin.

Ravindra Jadeja was promoted up the order to counter Pakistan’s leg spin and left-arm spin. He and Suryakumar added 36 runs for the fourth wicket to keep India in the game. When Hardik came out to bat after Suryakumar’s wicket, India needed 59 from 34 balls.

This time, armed with a bat. In the penultimate over, he smashed Rauf for three boundaries, reducing the equation to seven off six. Despite losing Jadeja on the first ball of the final over, Hardik finished things off with a six to get India’s campaign started.

4-India vs. Pakistan: T20 World Cup group stage match, 24 October 2021, Dubai

When India takes the field in their Asia Cup opener, they will not have fond memories of the Dubai International Stadium. It was on this very ground that they suffered their first-ever World Cup loss to Pakistan, with Babar’s men recording a memorable victory over their arch-rivals.

Shaheen was unplayable in his opening spell, dismissing Rohit and Rahul with two rippers. Kohli and Rishabh Pant’s partnership held India’s innings together, with the former going on to score another fifty against Pakistan.

Unfortunately, the rest of the batting collapsed, leaving India at 151/7 in 20 overs.

In response, Pakistan romped to the target with 10 wickets to spare. The opening pair of Babar and Rizwan cruised through the innings, stitching an unbeaten 152-run partnership to secure a famous victory over India.

5-India vs. Pakistan: Group stage match, Manchester (16 June, 2019)

The two teams clashed on the biggest stage amid pomp and pageantry, but India defeated Pakistan in a one-sided contest.

Rohit was in a good mood against Pakistan, having scored 150 points in the previous two tournament games. The bowlers were completely out of their depth against India’s star batter, and they were unable to break through as Rohit smashed a 113-ball 140.

Rahul and Kohli’s half-centuries propelled India to a massive total, setting Pakistan a daunting target of 337.

After losing Imam-ul-Haq early in the innings, Fakhar and Babar steadied the ship and began to look dangerous with their century partnership. It took a special delivery from Kuldeep Yadav to break through Babar’s defense, which proved to be a game-changing moment.

After that, wickets fell in droves, and Pakistan, chasing 302 in 40 overs in a rain-shortened game, could only manage 212/6, as India extended their unbeaten run in the 50-over World Cup against their arch-rivals to 7-0.