Virat Kohli celebrates after India defeated Pakistan in the T20 World Cup in 2012.© AFP
India is going to start their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-enemies Pakistan on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. The two teams will meet after a gap of more than two years and fans are eagerly awaiting what promises to be an insane match. Just like the World Cup with 50 overs, India is also unbeaten against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. Both teams have faced each other five times in the T20 World Cup and India have beaten their neighbors on all five occasions.
Here’s a look at how the two teams fared when they faced each other in a T20 World Cup match:
In the first edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa, India and Pakistan faced off in a Group D match. India batted first and scored 141 runs on the board in their allotted 20 overs. In response, Pakistan were also able to handle 141 runs from 20 overs, and the match went into a play-off match. India emerged victorious.
In the same edition, India and Pakistan reached the final, and it was a dramatic deliberation to determine the first champions in the shortest format. Gautam Gambhir achieved a top score of 75 when India scored 157/5. In response, Misbah-ul-Haq wanted to take Pakistan to the title, but an accident on the third delivery of the boss ended up directly in the hands of S Sreesanth as India, led by a young MS Dhoni, crowned champion.
Five years later, both teams met in Colombo in 2012. In response, India lost Gautam Gambhir for a duck, but Virat Kohli (78) scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the team to a victory, with three overs to spare.
In the next issue, India dominates again with the ball because they have limited Pakistan to 130/7. The three bowlers who played for India are in their squad for the ongoing T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami all scored three wickets each in the match. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina stand on an unbeaten stand of 66 runs to lead India to a comfortable victory.
5. The action moves to the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2016 and Pakistan again loses the plot under pressure. In a rainfall that was reduced to 18 overs per side. Pakistan could only score 118 runs. In response, Kohli stood out with the bat again and scored an unbeaten fifty when India won the match by six wickets and 13 balls.
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