Virat Kohli celebrates after India beat Pakistan in the 2012 T20 World Cup.© AFP
India is set to begin their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Both the teams will face off after a gap of two years and fans are eagerly waiting for what will be a cracking contest. Like in the 50-over World Cup, India is unbeaten against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. Both the teams have faced each other five times in the T20 World Cup and India have outperformed their neighbors on all five occasions.
Here’s a look at how both the teams have fared when they faced each other in the T20 World Cup game:
1. In the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in South Africa, India and Pakistan were face-to-face in a Group D clash. Batting first, India scored 141 runs in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan could only score 141 runs in 20 overs and the match was bowled out. India emerged victorious in the ball out.
2. In the same edition, India and Pakistan reached the final and it was a dramatic summit clash to determine the inaugural champion in the shortest format. Gautam Gambhir top-scored with an innings of 75 as India posted 157/5. In reply, Misbah-ul-Haq looked set to take Pakistan to the title, but a miss on the third delivery of the over fell straight into S Sreesanth’s hands as India, led by a young MS Dhoni, took the crown. had gone.
3. Five years later, both the teams met each other in Colombo in 2012. It was a low-scoring contest where Pakistan were bundled out for 128 in 19.4 overs. In reply, India lost Gautam Gambhir for a duck, but Virat Kohli (78) scored an unbeaten half-century to guide the team to victory with three overs to spare.
4. In the next edition, India again dominated the ball as they restricted Pakistan to 130/7. The three bowlers who have done well for India are in their squad for the ongoing T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each in that match. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina shared an unbeaten 66 to give India an easy win.
5. The action moved to Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens in 2016 and Pakistan again lost the plot under pressure. In a rain-hit encounter that was reduced to 18 overs per side. Pakistan could score only 118 runs. In reply, Kohli again stood out with the bat scoring an unbeaten half-century as India won the match with six wickets and 13 balls to spare.
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