Kolkata, March 18: India and Pakistan will renew their
cricketing rivalry in the T20 World Cup on Saturday (March 19) when
they face each other in a crucial Group 2 match at the Eden Gardens
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Preview: India vs Pakistan
When India beat Pak 3-0 in a T20 WC match
India, who lost their opening game against a spirited New Zealand in a turner at Nagpur, will need to beat Pakistan in the high-voltage game to remain alive in the tournament. Pakistan, on the other hand, made a remarkable turnaround in the T20 show by thrashing Bangladesh by 55 runs after a dismal outing in the Asia Cup.
Though the loss to the Kiwis have made the Indian supporters apprehensive ahead of the Pakistan match, history has been in favour of the hosts when it comes to playing Pakistan in the World Cup.
India have a 4-0 advantage over Pak in T20 World Cup
India, in fact, have never lost a World Cup game against Pakistan, be it in the T20 or 50-over format.
The first time India and Pakistan played in a T20 World Cup was in the inaugural edition in South Africa. The two sides met twice in the tournament with India emerging as the better side on both occasions.
The first encounter was a group match at Durban which India won in a perfect bowl-out after the game ended in a ties in the allotted overs. While India hit the stumps on all three occasions in the bowl-out, Pakistan couldn't find the timber even once. [Brief score: India 141/9; Pak 141/7 ---India won 3-0 in bowl-out]
The second meeting came in the all-important finals in Johannesburg and this time, India pulled off a thrilling win by just five runs to be crowned the first T20 World Cup champions. [Brief scores: India 157/5; Pakistan 152]
The third meeting between India and Pakistan happened in the Super Eight stage of the 2012 edition played in Sri Lanka. This time, India thrashed the opponents by 8 wickets with Virat Kohli scoring an unbeaten 78. However, despite the win and having same number of points with Australia and Pakistan, India could not make it to the semifinals due to an inferior run rate. [Brief scores: Pak 128; India 129/2]
India's fourth straight win over Pakistan in a T20 World Cup
came in the next edition played in Sri Lanka in 2014. India
overhauled the target of 131 set by Pakistan with 7 wickets in
hand. Kohli steered his team to victory in this Super Ten match as
well. [Brief scores: Pak 130/7; India
India also have a 6-0 record vs Pak in 50-over World Cup
In each of these victories, India was led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also captained the sides that beat Pakistan in the 50-over World Cup in Mohali in 2011 and Adelaide in 2015.
India have beaten Pakistan in all 50-over World Cup matches played in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. The first three of those matches were led by Mohammad Azharuddin while Sourav Ganguly led the 2003 side.