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India vs Pakistan cricket: Top 10 moments

India Today logo India Today 04-06-2017

India maybe overwhelming favourites going into their Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan but there have been some high-quality clashes between them in the past. From Anil Kumble's 10-wicket haul to Sachin Tendulkar's hundred in a losing cause in the Chennai Test to Saeed Anwar's 194, the India-Pakistan rivalry has been strewn with some outstanding performances by players from both sides.

Javed Miandad's last-ball six, Sharjah - 1986

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The fans from both the countries have contrasting memories of this match when Javed Miandad won the match for Pakistan with a last-ball six. It was a Javed Miandad special! Pakistan were chasing 246 against India in the AustralAsia Cup final against India and they needed four off the last ball. Chetan Sharma was a mean customer and was accurate enough to deliver victory under those circumstances. But up against Miandad's will and doggedness, Sharma was no match. The wily batsman, on 110, smashed the waist-high full-toss over the ropes. And the rest is history.

Javed Miandad mimics Kiran More, Sydney - 1992

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The spotlight was again on Javed Miandad and this time it was for creating a slapstick moment on the cricket field. Miandad was always known as a fierce competitor. More often than not, he got under the skin of the opposition. And it was a tense game! The arch-rivals were up against each in a World Cup for the first time ever.

Chasing India's 216, Pakistan were doing well.

Miandad and Aamer Sohail were going well together and that was the time when India's wicketkeeper Kiran More got noisy behind the wickets. More's persistent appeals ticked off Miandad and then came the spontaneous leaps, both hands clutching the bat. It was to mimic More but Miandad made a fool of himself. In the following overs, few words were also exchanged between the two players, but the umpire took control of the situation. Miandad made a 110-ball 40 before getting yorked by Javagal Srinath and Pakistan losing the match by 43 runs.

Venkatesh Prasad turns the table on Aamer Sohail, Bangalore - 1996

India's pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad is hugged by teammate Ajay Jadeja after taking a wicket against Pakistan on June 8, during their World Cup super six match at Old Trafford. © KIERAN DOHERTY/Newscom/Reuters India's pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad is hugged by teammate Ajay Jadeja after taking a wicket against Pakistan on June 8, during their World Cup super six match at Old Trafford.

The Aamer Sohail-Venkatesh Prasad clash on the cricket field would go down as one of the best moments between India and Pakistan. The stage was big, the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal in Bangalore and Prasad's home-ground. India, batting first, had scored a competitive 287 and Pakistan made a blazing start to the chase.

Sohail attacked the Indian bowlers right from the word go and for a while it looked like the match had slipped from India's hands. Sohail after hitting Prasad for a boundary, brashly signaled the bowler to fetch the ball. But Prasad had the last laugh. Off the very next ball, he bowled Sohail and the Chinnaswamy Stadium erupted. After Sohail's exit, Pakistan lost their way in their chase of 287.

Sachin Tendulkar's epic 136, Chennai - 1999


India were set a target of 271 and Sachin Tendulkar took charge of the chase after the hosts collapsed to 82/5. Tendulkar was not ready to give up the fight, though hampered by back spasms and he went on to stitch a gusty partnership with Nayan Mongia.

The Master Blaster remained dogged at the middle, taking India closer to victory before falling to Saqlain Mustaq, caught off a leading edge. Tendulkar's wicket triggered a collapse and India lost the Test by 12 runs.

Anil Kumble's Perfect 10, Delhi - 1999

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Anil Kumble emulated England's Jim Laker's feat by finishing with 10-74 in an innings as India routed Pakistan by 212 runs in the second Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Pakistan had no answer to Kumble on a dusty Kotla track chasing a mammoth 420 and were bundled out for 207 an hour after tea on the fourth day. That remains the best bowling performance by an Indian bowler till date.

Saeed Anwar 194, Chennai - May 21, 1997

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Nearly two decades ago, the Chepauk crowd was witness to one of the greatest ODI knocks ever. Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar made merry by scoring 194 runs, the then highest score in ODIs, off just 145 balls. He smashed 22 boundaries and five sixes in the course of his innings. Anwar had broken the record held by West Indies great Viv Richards.

The Indian bowlers, helped by the humid conditions, were trying to get rid of Anwar right from the first over. But the elegant left-hander was unstoppable and he continued the rampage until the 47th over.

Anwar had hamstring issues and the heat had drained him. However, with the help of a runner - Shahid Afridi - Anwar managed to hold on and punish the Indian attack. Anwar was well on course for the first double century in ODI cricket. Anwar though was dismissed by Sachin Tendulkar, who later went on to own the record.

Sachin Tendulkar-Virender Sehwag opening partnership, Centurion - March 1, 2003


The India-Pakistan match, as usual, was the most anticipated clash of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Sachin Tendulkar had already made a mark in the tournament with his class. But the Pakistani pace attack comprising Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar were waiting for the challenge.

The match turned out to be a box-office winner. It had plenty of high-octane moments and when India came on to bat, the tempo skyrocketed.

Chasing 274, Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar made light work of the one of the best bowling attacks in the world. Both of them threw their bat at everything and injected pace early in the innings. Tendulkar hit a humongous six and followed it up with two boundaries in Akhtar's first over. The carnage continued until Sehwag stayed at the crease. Pakistan struck back with Sehwag and Ganguly's wicket in quick succession, but Tendulkar and Mohammad Kaif stitched a century- stand to steer India's chase.

The most dramatic moment of the game came when Akhtar dismissed Tendulkar on 98. The master batsman was battling with cramps when Akhtar's bouncer caught him off guard. The centurion crowd went silent.

However, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid made sure India suffered no more hiccups in the chase.

MS Dhoni 148, Visakhapatnam - April 5, 2005

Indian batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni waves his bat and helmet after he scored a century during the third one-day international match between India and Sri Lanka at the Mansingh Cricket Stadium in Jaipur 31 October 2005. India won by 6 wickets. © RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images Indian batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni waves his bat and helmet after he scored a century during the third one-day international match between India and Sri Lanka at the Mansingh Cricket Stadium in Jaipur 31 October 2005. India won by 6 wickets.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's innings in Visakhapatnam against Pakistan was like a highly entertaining commercial movie. It was over in three hours, it had all the elements which most fans would enjoy but purists would not. Dhoni occasionally played textbook shots. More often than not, he inflicted brutal blows.

Dhoni's 148 came off just 123 balls. It included 15 boundaries five big sixes. More importantly, the five innings-old player was proving to be the solution for India's issues with under-performing wicketkeeper-batsmen.

ICC World Twenty20 in Durban, 2007

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The result was decided after a bowl-out and the match is best remembered for that thrilling finish. India after being put in to bat, got off to a shaky start but Robin Uthappa scored a fifty and useful contributions from MS Dhoni (33) and Irfan Pathan (20) helped the team post a par-score of 141. Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals in their chase until Misbah-ul-Haq chipped in with a gritty half-century.

India aced Pakistan in the bowl-out and were right on the money from the start by hitting the stumps in the first three attempts. On the other hand, Pakistan were not able to hit the stumps even once!

ICC World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg, 2007

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Weeks after that humdinger, India and Pakistan met each other again in the final of the inaugural World T20. The Indian Premier League was still a few months away and it was this match that captured the imagination of the entire world.

India won the toss and opted to bat at the Wanderers in front of packed stands. Gautam Gambhir and debutant Yusuf Pathan set the base with a good start. Pathan fell for 15 but Gambhir continued and went on to score 75. Rohit Sharma, batting down the order, contributed with a handy 30 to help India put up 157 on the board. Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, claiming three wickets.

Pakistan coming out for the chase didn't start well and were reeling at 76 for 5 in 11.3 overs. Again it was Misbah, who came to the rescue and hung in there to take Pakistan close to the finish-line along with Umar Gul. The match turned in Pakistan's favour when Misbah thumped Harbhajan for three sixes and then Gul blasted a four-ball 12. Pakistan needed 13 off the last over. Dhoni made a gamble by throwing the ball to the inexperienced Joginder Sharma. The bowler started with a wide and the next ball was lofted over long-off for a six. Pakistan were on the brink of glory but Misbah erred in shot selection and played the scoop that landed straight in the hands of S Sreesanth, standing at short fine leg.

India won the final match by 5 runs to lift the trophy!

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