Cricket – IND vs PAK: A look back at the three most memorable India-Pakistan matches in Asia Cup history

The 2022 Asia cup will see India and Pakistan go head to head with each other in their respective opening game of the tournament on Sunday (August 28). Over the years, the two arch-rivals have played each other in some memorable clashes in the continental showpiece event.

The 2022 Asia Cup will see India and Pakistan renew their historic rivalry as they face each other in their respective opening match of the tournament on Sunday (August 28) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. With the two teams in the same group, the arch-rivals could face each other thrice in the upcoming edition of the continental showpiece event.

The 2022 event is the 15th edition of the tournament (2nd in the T20I format). Over the years, the Asia Cup has seen some enthralling clashes between India and Pakistan that caught the world’s eyes. Overall, the two teams have faced other 14 times in the competition with India dominating the head-to-head with a total of 8 wins.


Here is a look at the three most memorable India-Pakistan clashes in the history of the Asia Cup:

1.Harbhajan Singh stuns Pakistan with the bat -2010

In the 2010 Asia Cup at the Dambulla, India and Pakistan played each other in a last-over thriller. While the game is remembered for a heated interaction between Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar, it was a match that produced some high-quality cricket as the Men in Blue completed a three-wicket win.

India ended up chasing a massive total of 271 with one ball to spare as Harbhajan showed his talent with the bat and stunned the Pakistani bowlers. Both Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni hit half-centuries for India to keep them in the hunt to complete the win.

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2.Shahid Afridi breaks Indian hearts – 2014

The 2014 Asia Cup tie between India and Pakistan was another one that proved to be a last-over affair at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. However, this time around it was Pakistan who emerged victorious as they completed a 1-wicket win with two balls to spare.

Chasing a total of 245, it looked like Pakistan were heading towards a defeat before Shahid Afridi changed the complexion of the game. In the final over by Ravichandran Ashwin, Afridi hit two consecutive sixes to complete Men in Green’s victory and break Indian hearts.

The ex-Pakistan skipper ended up playing a knock of 34 in just 18 balls. Mohammad Hafeez had played a vital knock of 75 for the Misbah-Ul-Haq-led side earlier. For India, both Rohit Sharma and Ravindra had hit half-centuries.

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3.Kohli’s brilliance inspires India’s huge win – 2012

Just a month after his incredible knock at the Hobart against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli gave another reminder of why he was quickly becoming the world’s best batter in the 2012 Asia Cup against Pakistan at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur.

After India lost Gautam Gambhir in the first over during their big chase of 330, Kohli played a knock that will be talked about for generations to come. The Indian batting talisman scored a sublime knock of 183 in just 148 balls to ensure the Men in Blue comfortably complete the chase.

Ultimately, India registered a six-wicket win with 13 balls to spare. Both Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar registered vital half-centuries for the Dhoni-led outfit. In fact, this game turned out to be Tendulkar’s last for Team India in the ODI format.

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