Five classic India-Pakistan one-dayers

Ahead of the Champions Trophy final, we look back at some of the best ODIs played between the bitter rivals

World Championship of Cricket final, 1985

Venue: Melbourne

Result: India won by eight wickets

India v Pakistan: 1985 World Championship

The first India-Pakistan 'global' final, albeit not at an ICC event, saw the two nations meet in the climax of the World Championship of Cricket. A forerunner of the Champions Trophy, the seven-team tournament featuring all of the then-Test playing was organised by the Victorian Cricket Association. Kapil Dev, who led India to the 1983 World Cup, reduced Pakistan to 3-33. Javed Miandad and Imran Khan tried to revive the innings but a double-strike by leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan saw Pakistan held to a lowly 9-176. India openers Ravid Shastri and Kris Srikkanth then shared a century stand on the way to a commanding victory.

Australasia Cup final, 1986

Venue: 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 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.

World Cup 2003

Venue: Centurion

Result: India won by six wickets

Tendulkar on the way to 98 in the '03 World Cup // Getty
Tendulkar on the way to 98 in the '03 World Cup // Getty

The World Cup match featured a classic cricket confrontation between two global stars in 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 (101) was the only batsman to score a century in the match.

World Cup 2011

Venue: Mohali

Result: India won by 29 runs

Wahab Riaz celebrates Virat Kohli's wicket // Getty
Wahab Riaz celebrates Virat Kohli's wicket // Getty

A World Cup semi-final match that Pakistan 'lost' as much as India, on home soil, won with the visitors dropping 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 criticised for taking 76 balls to make 56.

Asia Cup 2014

Venue: Dhaka

Result: Pakistan won by one wicket

Junaid Khan and Afridi celebrate their win over India // Getty
Junaid Khan and Afridi celebrate their win over India // Getty

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 Three wickets fell quickly, however, 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.

Champions Trophy 2017 Guide

Squads: Every Champions Trophy nation


1 JuneEngland beat Bangladesh by eight wickets

2 JuneNew Zealand v Australia, No Result

3 JuneSri Lanka lost to South Africa by 96 runs

4 June – India beat Pakistan by 124 runs

5 JuneAustralia v Bangladesh, No Result

6 JuneEngland beat New Zealand by 87 runs

7 JunePakistan beat South Africa by 19 runs (DLS method)

8 JuneSri Lanka beat India by seven wickets

9 JuneBangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets

10 JuneEngland beat Australia by 40 runs (DLS method)

11 JuneIndia beat South Africa by eight wickets

12 JunePakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets

14 JuneFirst semi-final: England lost to Pakistan by eight wkts

15 JuneSecond semi-final: Bangladesh lost to India by nine wickets

18 JuneFinal: Pakistan v India, The Oval (D)

19 June – Reserve day (D)

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