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India v Pakistan: The game in numbers

India takes on Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup today.

Ashes may be the oldest rivalry in cricket, but the biggest rivalry in cricket is between India and Pakistan. A population of more than 1.5 billion people watching it every time these two teams play against each other.

In the World Cup, India has dominated Pakistan, but in overall games, Pakistan is way ahead of India. Both the teams have overall played 131 matches in which Pakistan has won 73 of those matches, a winning percentage of 57.48 %.

Team Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
India 1978-2018 131 54 73 0 4 42.51
Pakistan 1978-2018 131 73 54 0 4 57.48

Pakistan has dominated India in cricket in the 80s and 90s. Out of 85 matches, Pakistan won a whopping 52 times while India could win only 29. But the fortunes have been in India’s favour since 2003. In 46 clashes, India won 25 while Pakistan won just 21.

India’s first ever score of 300 runs in an ODI achieved in 1996 at Sharjah against their arch-rivals Pakistan. Since then India has smashed 14 times a score of 300 or more in ODI against Pakistan. India’s highest total was 356 for 9 when Dhoni cracked his maiden ODI hundred in 2005 at Visakhapatnam. Pakistan, on the other hand, has scored 17 times a score of 300 or more against India. Their highest total 344 for 8 came in a losing cause as Pakistan fall short of India’s score of 349 for 7 by five-run in Karachi. 2004. In World Cup history, India scored 300 for 7 in the previous edition, which is the only score of 300 in World Cup clashes between these two teams.

Both teams have been bundled out for less than 100 runs once only. India’s lowest is 79 against Pakistan (Sialkot 1978) while Pakistan’s smallest is 87 at Sharjah in 1985 when India was defending only a score of 125.

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar completely swaps all the batting records in between these two teams. He has scored most runs (2526), most hundreds (5), most fifties (16) and boundaries (323 = 294 fours and 29 sixes). Saeed Anwar (194) has the highest ODI score while Kohli (183) is second on that list.

TOP 10 Run Scorer in India v Pakistan ODI

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
Tendulkar 69 67 4 2526 141 40.09 87.49 5 16 294 29
Inzamam 67 64 9 2403 123 43.69 78.55 4 12 208 35
SaeedAnwar 50 48 2 2002 194 43.52 90.58 4 8 216 34
R Dravid 58 55 3 1899 107 36.51 67.17 2 14 157 1
ShoaibMalik 41 41 4 1782 143 48.16 88.48 4 11 174 20
Azharuddin 64 59 7 1657 101 31.86 67.68 2 9 108 12
S Ganguly 53 50 3 1652 141 35.14 71.82 2 9 161 17
SaleemMalik 52 51 6 1534 102 34.08 77 2 8 107 6
Ijaz Ahmed 53 51 8 1533 139* 35.65 79.3 2 6 123 26
ShahidAfridi 67 64 4 1524 109 25.40 109.09 2 4 158 51

Tendulkar dominated the World Cup stats as well. He has scored 313 runs against Pakistan, the most by any player in World Cup history. From Pakistan’s side, Saeed Anwar (185) has scored most runs against India.

Pakistan is known for its bowling, especially its pace attacks. In the bowling list, Wasim Akram has taken most wickets (60) with an economy of 3.73 runs per over, which is the best among both the teams. Aaqib Javed’s 7 for 37 is the best bowling figure in an ODI between India and Pakistan. He also has three five-fer against India and a hat-trick (in the same game where he took 7 for 37, Sharjah 1991).

TOP 10 Wicket-takers in India v Pakistan ODI

Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR five-fer
WasimAkram 48 47 404.1 39 1509 60.00 4/35 25.15 3.73 40.4 0
SaqlainMushtaq 36 34 307.2 14 1390 57.00 5/45 24.38 4.52 32.3 1
A Kumble 34 33 304.4 18 1310 54.00 4/12 24.25 4.29 33.8 0
Aaqib Javed 39 36 299 27 1331 54.00 7/37 24.64 4.45 33.2 3
J Srinath 36 36 328.2 9 1657 54.00 4/49 30.68 5.04 36.4 0
BKV Prasad 29 29 266.3 13 1243 43.00 527 28.9 4.66 37.1 1
Kapil Dev 32 32 264.1 21 1113 42.00 3/17 26.5 4.21 37.7 0
Shoaib Akhtar 28 28 238.5 20 1098 41.00 4/36 26.78 4.59 34.9 0
Shahid Afridi 67 60 455.1 5 2300 38.00 4/20 60.52 5.05 71.8 0
Waqar Younis 26 25 196 12 906 37.00 5/31 24.48 4.62 31.7 1

Venkatesh Prasad has taken eight wickets in World Cup games, while Wahab has 6 in his name and he has a chance to surpass Venkatesh Prasad’s record.

In wicket-keeping, Moin Khan has record 71 dismissals, followed by MS Dhoni who has 44. In World Cups, Dhoni has four dismissals against Pakistan while Kamran Akmal has 3.

Mohammad Azharuddin (44) holds the record for maximum catches in India-Pakistan clashes, followed by Shahid Afridi (30). In world cups, Anil Kumble has taken five catches in 3 games.

Tendulkar and Sidhu added 231 runs for the 2nd wicket in 1996, the highest run partnership for any wicket between these two teams. There are eight double hundred runs partnerships in ODIs, while none in the World Cup. India has three 100 runs partnership in World Cup against Pakistan, while Pakistan has yet to achieve the milestone.

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