DUBAI: India will seek to maintain
their perfect record against Pakistan in World Cup clashes.
will take on Pakistan in the opening game of their 2021
ICC T20 World Cup campaign in Dubai on Sunday. The meeting between
the two bitter rivals will be their sixth clash in the showpiece T20 event. The
two sides had faced off in an opening round clash of the inaugural T20 World
Cup in 2007, which India won in a bowl-out. Later in the tournament, India
would go on to beat Pakistan by five runs in the final to claim the title.
Pakistan faced off again in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions, with the Indian
team winning on each occasion.
As India seek to maintain their perfect record against Pakistan
in World Cup clashes – India have also beaten Pakistan in all seven
of their ODI World Cup meetings – here is a look at some of the best individual
performances by Indian players against their arch-rivals in past T20 World Cup
being dismissed for a duck in the group stage match against Pakistan, Gautam Gambhir played an innings to remember in
the final as his 75-run knock off 54 balls helped India post 157/5 in 20 overs
despite underwhelming performances from other batters. India went on to win by
five runs to secure the title in Johannesburg.
Gambhir starred with the bat in the 2007 final, Irfan Pathan played an equally
crucial role with the ball later in the match. Pathan finished with impressive
figures of 3/16 from his four overs and picked the crucial wickets of Shoaib
Malik, Shahid Afridi and Yasir Arafat.
Kohli scored an unbeaten 78 as India comfortably beat Pakistan by eight wickets
in a Super 8 match in the 2012 T20 World Cup. However, it was Yuvraj Singh who
helped set up the win with an all-round performance. Yuvraj dealt Pakistan two
devastating blows in the middle overs as he dismissed Nasir Jamshed and Kamran
Akmal. Pakistan never recovered and were bowled out for 128. Yuvraj later
chipped in with an unbeaten 19 with the bat to complete the win.
notched another convincing win over Pakistan in 2014 when they beat their
arch-rivals by seven wickets. Amit Mishra was the unsung hero of the game,
removing Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik in crucial phases to help restrict
Pakistan to 130/7 in 20 overs. He finished with figures of 2/22 from his four