Throwback: High-voltage Pakistan vs India clashes to remember

A look back at eight classic ODI encounters between Pakistan and India

Pakistan vs India - the clash of the titans, the biggest event in the world of cricket, and arguably the greatest rivalry in all of sports. As billions of fans brace for the iconic game between the archrivals on June 16 at Old Trafford, here is a look back at eight high-voltage ODI matches between the two Asian cricket giants.

April 18, 1986, Sharjah

Result: Pakistan won by one wicket

A match no fan on either side of the border will forget. Pakistan, needing four runs off the last ball to lift the Australasia Cup, sailed through as Javed Miandad pulled a full toss from seamer Chetan Sharma for six. Instantly, Miandad became a national hero and Sharma was reduced to facing barbs and insults on his return home.

25 years later, Sharma admitted, “Yes, it haunts me even now and will haunt me for the rest of my life”.

'The Wounded Tiger' – a book written on Pakistani cricket by Peter Oborne – declared it the most famous shot in cricket history.

Miandad, in his autobiography 'Cutting Edge: My Autobiography', recounted that six as he wrote,"I knew that he would try to bowl a yorker, so I decided to stand just ahead of the crease.....poor Chetan Sharma."

Javed Miandad and teammates celebrate after winning the final against India. Photo: ESPNcricinfo

World Cup, March 4, 1992, Sydney

Result: India won by 43 runs

The 1992 World Cup encounter between Pakistan and India was a heated affair, remembered for the ugly exchange between India’s Kiran More and Pakistan’s Javed Miandad. More appealed for an on-side catch which angered Miandad, who then jumped up and down over the stumps impersonating the Indian wicket-keeper. 

Javed Miandad acrobatically imitates the over-enthusiastic Kiran More. Photo: PA Photos

Independence Cup, May 21, 1997, Chennai

Result: Pakistan won by 35 runs

Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar’s 194, the then-highest individual score in ODIs, was the highlight of the clash. Pakistan posted 327-5 on the board, and bowled out India for 292. India's chase was dented already when the home team lost Sachin Tendulkar to Aaqib Javed for 4.

Saeed Anwar turns the ball off his legs on the way to his world-record 194 during the day/night Independence Cup cricket match against India, May 21, 1997. Photo: AFP

World Cup, March 1, 2003, Centurion

Result: India won by six wickets

The World Cup match featured a classic cricket confrontation between two global stars: India batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Tendulkar smashed a 75-ball 98 to help his team achieve a 274-run target. Akhtar bagged just one wicket, that of Tendulkar, while conceding 72 runs in his 10 overs. Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar hit 101.

Shoaib Akhtar vs Sachin Tendulkar: one of the greatest rivalries in cricket 

Champions Trophy, September 19, 2004, Edgbaston

Result: Pakistan won by three wickets

Pakistan beat India in this Champions Trophy encounter in Birmingham with four balls to spare. Rana Naved and Shoaib Akhtar took four wickets apiece to restrict India, without Tendulkar because of a 'tennis elbow' injury, to 200. Pakistan slumped to 27-3 but Yousuf Youhana (later known as Mohammad Yousuf) saw them to victory with an unbeaten 81.

Yousuf in action during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and India on September 19, 2004 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Photo: AFP/Getty Images 

World Cup, March 30, 2011, Mohali

Result: India won by 29 runs

A World Cup semi-final match that Pakistan lost to India, with the visitors dropping Sachin Tendulkar four times during an 85 that also saw him survive two close lbw calls. Pakistan's chase slowed to a halt in the face of a tight fielding effort, with Misbah-ul-Haq taking 76 balls to make 56.

Indian cricket team players celebrate after beating Pakistan during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final match at The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on March 30, 2011. Photo: AFP

Asia Cup, March 2, 2014, Dhaka

Result: Pakistan won by one wicket

Pakistan appeared to be cruising to victory during this Asia Cup clash in Bangladesh when they needed 11 off the last 10 balls with four wickets in hand to overtake India's 8-245. But three wickets fell quickly and it came down to nine runs off the last four deliveries from Ravichandran Ashwin. But Shahid Afridi, living up to his big-hitting reputation, smashed the next two balls for sixes to seal victory.

Shahid Afridi celebrates the team's win during the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on March 2, 2014. Photo: AFP 

Champions Trophy, June 18, 2017, The Oval

Result: Pakistan won by 180 runs

Pakistan’s victorious campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 remains an unforgettable memory for the fans. A young Pakistan side stunned the world and created history by thrashing an in-form and star-studded India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval.

After scoring a mammoth 338 runs, Pakistan shot India down at 158 runs to secure one of the greatest victories in the history of cricket. Fakhar Zaman starred with 114 off 106 balls, while Mohammad Amir struck down India's top three: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to take the trophy home.

Pakistan´s Sarfaraz Ahmed (3rd R) lifts the trophy as Pakistan players celebrate their win at the presentation after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London. Photo: AFP

The writer is a cricket freak and producer at Geo. Tweets @Mariaa_54

Originally published in Geo Super