INDIA AND Pakistan, the two cricket crazy nations where cricket is like a religion, will meet in the second semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30.
Make no mistake about it, this is bigger than the actual world cup final. The final will see two teams fighting for the glorious trophy. But this semi-final is about more than just a trophy. This isnt the average sports rivalry, It’s an outright war with national pride on the line. When all the smoke clears and all the dust settles, who ever wins this match for their team will be remembered by billions for years to come. Without a doubt this will be the biggest day of their lives and its the biggest stage they will ever have to achieve the ultimate goal a man has: have their name echoed through the centuries.
On this context, here is the history between these two teams in the World Cup so far.
This semi-final match will be the fifth encounter in a Cricket World Cup between the neighboring countries since 1992 Cricket World Cup. However, neither team has met in the semi-final nor final of any of the previous World Cup matches. India has never lost to Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup so far.
In their first meet at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 4, 1992, during the 16th match of the Benson & Hedges World Cup, India won by 43 runs. In that match Sachin Tendulkar was named man-of-the-match for his all-round performance. He scored 54 runs and got the wicket of the dangerous left-handed batsman Aamer Sohail.
Both teams met for the second time in the second quarter final match of the Wills World Cup 1996 played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. India won that match by 39 runs and reached the semi final. Indian opener Navjot Sidhu scored 96 runs and Ajay Jadeja scored quick 45 runs in 25 balls in the last overs of the inning. Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble took three wickets each. Sidhu was announced man-of-the-match.
India and Pakistan met for the third time in the Super Sixes of the ICC World Cup 1999 at Old Trafford, Manchester. On that match India defeated Pakistan India by 47 runs. In that match Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Azharuddin played fifty-plus innings. Fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was declared man-of-the-match because he ensured that five Pakistani batsmen went back to the pavilion.
For the fourth time, two arch rivals India and Pakistan met at SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa during the pool ‘A’ match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. With a quick fire knock by Sachin Tendulkar and a brilliant 50 by Yuvraj Singh, India won the match by six wickets. Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 98 runs, was awarded with the man-of-the-match.
Basically it’s the best batting line up in the world against one of the very best bowling attacks in the world. It’s gonna be mental!