3 Memorable India-Pakistan matches in ODI World Cup History

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India vs. Pakistan is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, clashes of the ODI World Cup history. 

Moreover, India vs. Pakistan has always been a crowd-puller and fills up the stadium to the brim. Ahead of this year’s clash, let’s look at the 3 memorable India-Pakistan matches in ODI World Cup cricket history. 

What are the Best 3 Memorable India-Pakistan Matches in ODI World Cup?

In 1996, 2003 and 2011 ODI World Cup games, India and Pakistan played out some amazing thrillers.

We will start with the 1996 ODI World Cup match, which was perhaps the best India vs. Pakistan clash in recent years.

No.1 – India vs Pakistan 1996 ODI World Cup

The match, which was played at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, saw an amazing chase from Pakistan.

  • Aamir Sohail, who had hit 55 off 46 balls, almost threatened to take the game away from India as they chased a target of 288.
  • But once the opening partnership broke and Sohail departed at 113/2, the wheels started to come off.
  • They fell short by 39 runs.

Earlier, riding on the knock from Ajay Jadeja and Navjot Singh Sidhu, India had posted a total of 287/8. It remains as one of the 3 memorable India-Pakistan matches in ODI World Cup history. 

No.2 – India vs Pakistan 2003 ODI World Cup:

In 2003, both teams faced off again, but in South Africa.At Centurion, Pakistan had won the toss and opted to field first.

  • Riding on the century from Saeed Anwar, they posted a score of 273/7 in the allotted 50 overs.
  • India were powered in the chase by Sachin Tendulkar, who would miss his century by just two runs.
  • Later, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid combined for 99 runs to take the game away from Pakistan.

India won the match by six wickets with 26 balls remaining.

No.3 – India vs Pakistan At 2011 ODI World Cup:

Attended by the Heads of State of both nations, this was the ODI World Cup semi-final that was being played in Mohali.

  • India had batted first, and despite Sachin Tendulkar’s 85, the hosts were left struggling at 205/6.
  • From here on, Suresh Raina’s 36 off 39 came in handy, and they eventually managed to set a target of 261.
  • Pakistan were never in the chase and kept losing timely wickets, eventually getting bowled out for 231.

Final Thoughts on 3 Memorable India-Pakistan Matches in ODI World Cup

India vs. Pakistan clashes always go down to the wire, but in the ODI World Cup that has not been the case.

In the last three ODI World Cup games, in 2011, 2015, and 2019, Pakistan failed to give India the fight that was mandatory for acceptable standards of cricket.

Let’s hope that in 2023, the India-Pakistan clash will bring the much-needed frenzy that is synonymous with the clash of these archrivals.

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FAQ

What Are The Best Three India vs. Pakistan Clashes In The ODI World Cup?

The World Cup clashes between India and Pakistan in the 1996, 2003, and 2011 ODI World Cups were some of the best matches.

Who won the India vs Pakistan clash in the 2011 ODI World Cup?

India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the semi-final of the ODI World Cup.

Who won the India vs Pakistan clash in the 1996 ODI World Cup?

India beat Pakistan by 39 runs.