1992: Sachin starts a glorious trend/Miandad vs Kiran More
India won a crucial toss in Sydney and elected to bat.
India regularly lost wickets but newcomer opener Ajay Jadeja hit a crucial 46. After that a sublime Sachin Tendulkar hit a breezy 54 off 62 balls to give India respectability. Thanks to his 60 run sixth-wicket partnership with Kapil Dev, we posted a fighting 216.
Sachin shone with the ball again when he got the wicket of top-scorer Aamer Sohail (62). But the drama revolved around wicketkeeper Kiran More. More took two catches, effected one stumping and ran out captain Imran Khan. Then he engaged with a verbal duel with veteran Javed Miandad. Soon the spectators were stunned when the 35-year-old Miandad suddenly started jumping up and down and flapping his arms in a convoluted way to imitate the hyper-active More.
The final joke was on Miandad though. He scored a super slow 40 runs off 110 balls. The last 7 wickets fell for 46 runs. India won comfortably by 43 runs and started a great run against Pakistan in World Cups.
1996: When Jadeja and Prasad exploded
India won the toss again and elected to bat in Bangalore. Opener Navjot Singh Sidhu gave just the start we needed with a fine 93, putting up a 90-run opening stand with Sachin. We were playing well when Jadeja walked in at 200-4, but he took the game to a totally new level.
He plundered 45 runs off 25 balls to take us to a formidable 287. Jadeja hit Waqar Younis for 22 runs in one over in the pre-T20 era, when such knocks were rare. Younis gave the ultimate compliment when he later said that he bowled a good over and still got hit by Jadeja.
In reply, Pakistan got off to a flier. Openers Saeed Anwar and Sohail put on a stand of 84, hitting 3 sixes between them. While Javagal Srinath got Anwar, Sohail hit Venkatesh Prasad for a four when the score was 109. Sohail signaled Prasad to fetch the ball. India won by 39 runs.
1999: India makes it a hat-trick of wins
India wins the toss and bat. Puts up a competitive total. Pakistan folds up while chasing.Chasing 228 for victory, Akram's men were 180 all down. That was thanks to the pace of Prasad who still seemed to be thinking of Sohail's 1996 gesture. His 5-27 sealed Pakistan's fate.
2003: Fast bowlers quake in front of Sachin
2003 changed the script little. For a change Pakistan won the toss and set a very competitive target 274.
In the pace attack was Akram, Younis and Shoiab Akhtar. India looked like a dead duck.
But in walked Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag and soon the pace trio were quaking in their boots. Akram's first over went for 9 runs. Akhtar's first over went for 18. Waqar's first over went for 11 runs. India 50/0 in five overs!
Waqar came back strongly in the very next over and was on a hat-trick, which he didn't get. But the Pakistanis had no answer to Tendulkar who smashed 98 off 75 balls. India slowed down after his dismissal but still won with 6 wickets and 4.2 overs to spare.
Pakistan failed to make the Super Six and India made it 4/4 for WCs.
If in 1987, both the rivals failed to make it to the finals, then in 2007 both failed to make it past the first round.
Here's hoping for an even more delicious Indo-Pak encounter in 2011!
In ODIs, they met just once in 2009 and once in 2010.
Fans deserve at least one in 2011!
Bring em on.. Nothing's gonna change
World Cup 1983: A Tale of Two Underdogs
1983 began with one underdog and ended with another. All the action happened in Group B.
In the very first match, Zimbabwe upset Australia when they put up a competitive 239/6.
In the next match, India scored their first World Cup win against a Test playing nation when they beat defending champions West Indies, throwing the group wide open. While the West Indies recovered to top the group, Australia was knocked out.
The group also featured the famous Battle of the Underdogs. India was reeling at 17-5 with Zimbabwe and Kapil Devé³ 175 not out led to a match-winning 266.
Of course, even when we entered the final, no-one gave us much of a chance. Till then, we had participated in 12 ODI series and tournaments and lost 10. We had only one series victory of note, against England on home soil (2-1). The other was with then minnows Sri Lanka.
So our defence of 183 for the title probably remains the biggest day of the underdog till date.
Hopefully on 2nd April 2011, the scenes at the Wankhede Stadium will b somewhat like this...
Ek haath me Golden Bat aur Doosre me World Cup ho..
BEST OF LUCK
All the best to Indian team...I wish we'll beat pakistan this time too...
Yup.. The time has come.. All d best,
Thiz Time da History will change!!!
We pakistanis are going to change the history..........
So mentally get ready for it................
WORLD CUP BELONGS TO HINDUSTAN