Pakistan India Face to Face

Written by Fahd Mirza on November 4th, 2007   (231 views)

Right now Pakistan is in India, humping New Delhi’s local team, and cajoling with people out there. They are in festive mood apparently, but things are quite tense and tough inside the surface, and the team knows it. Amidst the blaring music, sari-clad dames, paans, Tilaks, and mixed feelings Pakistani team is once again ready to face the much-better Indian team, at least on paper.

On the scale of One Day Internationals Pakistan has got a massive upper edge on India. Both traditional and real adversaries have played 113 ODIs up till now and out of those 113, Pakistan have won 64 matches, while India has been victor in 40, and there were 9 matches which got drawn either due to rain, crowd intervention, Bal Thakray factor or something else.

First match between the two arch rivals was played in Quetta on 1st October 1978, which was won by India with 4 runs. Then the second match was played in Sialkot on 13th October, 1978, which was snatched by Pakistan with 8 wickets. Last ODI match between the two was to be played in Glasgow on 3rd July, 2007, but it was abolished due to rain.

But before that on 19th April, 2006 India defeated Pakistan by 51 runs in match played in Abu Dhabi. Before that India also defeated Pakistan in the ODI series on its land, and also India defeated Pakistan in the finals of Twenty20 world cup final. Though history clearly states that Pakistan is ahead of India, but right now the ground realities say that India is far much ahead of Pakistan in respect of talent and experience, but Pakistan is always bubbling with confidence, passion and faith.

Games are certainly on.

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