IND Vs PAK T20 World Cup: Pakistan lost to India in 5 out of 7 matches, Virat's 'threat' defeated them in 4 matches

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. The T20 World Cup 2024 may have started with the US-Canada match on June 1, but cricket fans are waiting for the 'great match'. The thrill of the tournament will increase further with the 'high voltage' match between arch rivals India and Pakistan. This match to be held in New York on June 9 will be a 'test' of the players' sports skills as well as mental strength. The team which handles the pressure and performs well will be crowned with victory. Talking about the T20 World Cup, both the countries have faced each other 7 times in which the Indian team has won 5 times and the Pakistani team once. One match is recorded as a tie. However, this 2007 match was decided by 'bowl out' in which Team India won.

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Virat Kohli has had a special influence on the T20 World Cup matches of both the countries so far. From 2012 till now, all four victories of Team India against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup have been centered around Virat. Not only this, in 2021, when the Indian team lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets, even then Virat was the top performer of the team.

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Let's take a look at India-Pakistan matches in T20 World Cup

2007 : Exciting match tied, Indian team wins in 'Ball Out'

The first match between India and Pakistan was played in the T20 World Cup 2007 which was tied after some exciting ups and downs. Batting first, the Indian team was able to score only 141 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. Robin Uthappa contributed the highest 50 runs and captain MS Dhoni contributed 33 runs. Pakistan's Mohammad Asif took the maximum four wickets. In reply, despite Misbah-ul-Haq's 53 runs, Pakistan's team also lost 7 wickets in 20 overs and was stuck at a score of 141. Misbah was run out on the last ball of the last over of the innings and the match was tied. 'Ball out' was used to decide the result. All three players from India – Sehwag, Harbhajan and Sehwag hit the stumps accurately while all three players from Pakistan – Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat missed.

Clash again in the final, Team India became champion with a victory of 5 runs
Both teams clashed again in the final of T20 World Cup 2007 in which Team India won a thrilling 5-run victory. Batting first, the Indian team scored 157 runs in 20 overs with the help of Gautam Gambhir's 75 runs off 54 balls. In reply, despite opener Imran Nazir's 33, Younus Khan's 24 and Misbah-ul-Haq's 43 runs, the Pakistani team was all out for 152 runs in 19.3 overs. In the match, captain Dhoni took the risky decision of getting the last over bowled by debutant Joginder Sharma, which the bowler proved right by getting Misbah caught by Sreesanth on the third ball. The Indian team won the first T20 World Cup.

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2012: Virat became a hero by scoring unbeaten 78 runs
Virat Kohli played the T20 World Cup for the first time in 2012 and made an impact in the match against Pakistan. In this match held in Colombo, Indian bowlers restricted Pakistan to a low score of 128. L Balaji took the maximum of 3 wickets while Ashwin and Yuvraj took two wickets each. In the match, Virat was also successful in taking a wicket in the form of Pakistani captain Hafeez. In reply, the Indian team achieved the target by losing only two wickets in 17 overs. After the first wicket fell in the form of Gautam Gambhir (0) on the second ball of the innings, Sehwag and Virat shared a 73-run partnership for the second wicket. After Sehwag (29), Virat along with Yuvraj led the team to victory. 'Player of the Match' Virat remained unbeaten after scoring 78 runs in 61 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes.

2014: Team India excelled in both bowling and batting
In the T20 World Cup 2014, the two countries clashed again and the Indian team won by 7 wickets. This victory was the result of collective performance. In the Dhaka match, Pakistan's team could only score a small score of 130 runs after losing 7 wickets in 20 overs. Wrist spinner Amit Mishra took the maximum two wickets while two batsmen were run out. In reply, Rohit Sharma (24) and Shikhar Dhawan (30) laid the foundation of victory by adding 54 runs for the first wicket. After the dismissal of these two, India lost the second wicket in the form of Yuvraj (1). But Virat Kohli (36 not out, 32 balls, four fours and a six) and Suresh Raina (35 not out, 28 balls, four fours and a six) made the team win in 18.3 overs. Amit Mishra was the Player of the Match.

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2016: Another amazing innings by Virat, another victory for India
In the T20 World Cup 2016, India again registered a victory in the match between the two neighbouring countries in Kolkata. Virat was again the architect of this victory. At Eden Gardens, the Indian team allowed Pakistan to score only 118 runs in 18 overs by losing 5 wickets. In reply, the Indian team lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma (10), Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Suresh Raina (0) by the time the score reached 23 runs. The restlessness of the fans started increasing. In such a situation, Virat again became the 'troubleshooter' and played an unbeaten innings of 55 runs with the help of seven fours and a six in 37 balls. He added 61 runs for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj. After the dismissal of Yuvraj (24), Virat along with captain Dhoni led the team to victory. Virat was the Player of the Match.

2021: The winning streak ended with a 10-wicket defeat
Before the T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian team had not lost any match to Pakistan, but this record was broken on 24 October in Dubai. Nothing went well for the Indian team in the match. Batting first, Team India came under pressure after losing the wickets of Rohit Sharma (0) and KL Rahul (3) in just 2.1 overs. Both these wickets were taken by Shaheen Afridi. The third wicket in the form of Suryakumar Yadav (11) also fell soon. After three wickets fell at the score of 31, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant added 53 runs for the fourth wicket but then Pant was out. If the team was able to reach the score of 151 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs, then captain Virat's 57 runs (49 balls, five fours and a six) were the main contributors. This score of India was achieved by the Pakistan team in 17.5 overs without losing any wicket. During this, all the Indian bowlers proved colorless. Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 79 off 55 balls and captain Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 68 off 52 balls to give Indian fans a bitter taste of a crushing defeat by 10 wickets. Shaheen Afridi, who took three wickets, was the Player of the Match.

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2022: Virat played his best T20 innings under pressure

Although every innings of Virat against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup has been excellent, but his unbeaten innings of 82 runs played in Melbourne in 2022 is something else. This innings can be counted among the overall best innings of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan scored 159 runs in 20 overs with the help of half-centuries from Shan Masood (52*) and Iftikhar Ahmed (51). In response, Team India lost the wickets of captain Rohit Sharma (4), KL Rahul (4), Suryakumar Yadav (15) and Axar Patel (2) as soon as they reached 31 runs. At this time India's defeat seemed certain but Virat gave hope to the fans by adding 111 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya. However, the desired run average was constantly increasing. The team needed 54 runs off the last 24 balls but it was Virat's courage that the Indian team managed to win the match on the last ball. During this innings full of patience and aggression, Virat hit sixes off bowlers like Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi. He scored 82 runs in 53 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes and snatched victory from the Pakistani camp. The team won the match by 4 wickets on the last ball. The winning run may have come from Ashwin's bat but it was Virat who made this victory possible.

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