From Shaheen to Kohli: Pakistan and India’s five most memorable T20 encounters – Pakistan

The tally in T20 matches stands in India’s favour with nine wins to three.

Arch-rivals Pakistan and India will clash at the T20 World Cup in New York on Sunday (tomorrow)) for the 13th time in cricket’s shortest format.

The two nuclear-armed nations only face each other in international tournaments due to political tensions and last met in a 2022 T20 World Cup encounter in Melbourne, which India won.

The tally in their T20 encounters so far stands in India’s favour with nine wins to three — but the honours are even in their last four matches.

AFP looks back at five memorable India-Pakistan T20 matches:

bowl-out — cricket’s equivalent of football’s penalty shoot-out.

Pakistan elected to field in the group match in the inaugural T20 World Cup and restricted India to 141-9.

With the scores level at the end of Pakistan’s reply, India skipper MS Dhoni then outfoxed the opposition by choosing non-specialists to try to hit the wicket, rather than regular bowlers used to tempting batsmen to offer catches.

Part-time bowlers Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa and premier spinner Harbhajan Singh all hit the stumps, while Pakistan’s top-line pacemen Yasir Arafat and Umar Gul and spinner Shahid Afridi all missed.

It is the only time a World Cup match has been decided by a bowl-out, with the tiebreaker now replaced by a super over.

won the World Cup by five runs.

10-wicket win — their first-ever World Cup victory against their fiercest rivals.

five-wicket victory with one ball to spare.

won by four wickets on the final ball.

Header image: A combination photo featuring Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi and India’s Virat Kohli. — Dawn/File

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