Mirpur, Feb 26: As two most bitter rivals in the world cricket, India and Pakistan, are going to take on each other in a round-robin league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Bangladesh on Saturday (February 27), the most intriguing rivalry is again set to be renewed.
The two teams met exactly a year and 11 days back in Adelaide during the 50-over World Cup game which India won by 76 runs.
An in-form Team India will take on an unpredictable Pakistan with rehabilitated pacer Mohammed Amir being the focus of attention. Saturday's clash will also serve as a pre-cursor to the arch-rivals' opening round battle in the ICC World T20, next month. (Preview: India Vs Pakistan)
Traditionally, India have never ever lost to Pakistan in the global events but it has not been the case in the continental event where Shahid Afridi and co have performed well.
However, the Asia Cup has never been played in the T20 format, which is also a first.
Here is how India and Pakistan's rivalry in T20Is and Asia Cup has been so far:
Asia Cup: So far the battle between India and Pakistan in Asia Cup has been equal i.e. both the teams have won 5-5 ODI games each they have faced in this tournament.
T20Is: India has won 5 games out of six T20 international matches played against Pakistan.
Highest individual score (Asia Cup): India's star batter Virat Kohli slammed his highest ever individual total of 183 (148 balls) in ODI against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2012. Kohli's breathtaking innings helped India successfully chase a daunting total of 330.
Highest Opening partnership (Asia Cup): Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jameshed's 224-run opening stand during Asia Cup 2012. (Indo-Pak game is normal for me: Kohli)
Highest individual score (T20Is): Virat Kohli's 78* in the 2012 World Cup in Colombo is also the highest individual score by a batsman in India-Pakistan T20 match.
Most runs by an individual (T20Is): With 150 runs in 4 T20 games played, Virat Kohli tops the list of most number of runs scored by a batsman in games between India-Pakistan.
Most 50's in T20Is: Mohammad Hafeez has slammed 2 fifties against India, during the bilateral series in India back in 2012, happens to be the only batter to have scored maximum number of half centuries between India-Pakistan clash.
Most wickets (T20Is): Pakistan's Umar Gul has bagged 11 wickets, maximum no. of wickets by an individual bowler, between arch-rivals. His best figure is 4/37 at an average of 16.18.
For India, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the best bowling figures of 3/9, during T20 game between India and Pakistan played at Bangalore in 2012.
Most 6's in a T20I game: Yuvraj Singh holds the record for hitting 7 sixes in his whirlwind knock of 72 (36 balls) during the match at Ahmedabad.