Who Will Win The ICC World Cup 2011 Semi-Final Between India And Pakistan? India Or Pak?

There is a high level of excitement in the air, tickets are being sold ten or more times their original prices, hotels are filled to capacity and the Prime Ministers of both countries are going to be there. The occasion: ICC World Cup 2011India Versus Pakistan!

Let’s face it; it can’t get any better than this clash!

More than a hundred million television viewers are said to watch an India versus Pakistan cricket match.  With one of the most intense sports rivalries existing between the two, long-time arch rivals India and Pakistan consider a defeat against the other unacceptable. This feeling is strongly embedded in fans of both sides, increasing the desperate need for a confrontation between the two on the cricket field, which is almost equated with war.

With the next game in the World Cup being the much-awaited “India-Pak” match scheduled to be played at Mohali, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, to this match.  The Prime Ministers are using cricket as a springboard for diplomatic talks, and this is not the first time both the countries are making an effort to ease the relations using cricket as a platform.

While we wait for things to change for the better and hope ties are rebuilt through cricket, a sport both countries are fanatically passionate about, let’s take a look at the actual matches and the players that make these matches as exciting as they always end up being.

A Quick Glimpse At The Matches Played Between India And Pakistan

India and Pakistan played their first ever test match at Delhi in October 1952. India won the 5-match series 2-1 and then all the ten tests that followed were draws.   Pakistan won against India after 26 years, in the 1978-79 series. Then they played each other in other countries, such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates.  The series in Canada in the 1990s and early 2000s were called the “Friendship Cup.”

Unfortunately, the diplomatic and political tensions between the two countries hindered this interesting and growing sports interaction for a while.  It was in early 2009 that India’s tour of Pakistan was cancelled due to these issues.

The “World Cup” history between the two countries shows India having a 4-0 win record over Pakistan. However, the “Champions Trophy” matches saw Pakistan having a 2-0 win record over India.

Statistics For India Versus Pakistan Matches

Details Tests ODIs T20s
Matches Played 59 119 2
Pakistan Wins 12 69 0
India Wins 9 46 1
Draws 38 4 1

Out of these, 26 ODIs were played in India, 27 were in Pakistan and 66 matches in other countries.

There have been a total of 59 test matches and 119 ODIs played between India and Pakistan, and both the teams have had their “memorable moments.”

Let’s take a look at what these matches yielded:


TEST MATCHES Pak India Location Date Result
Highest Team Score 699/5 Lahore Dec 1, 1989 Draw
675/5 Multan Mar 28, 2004 India won by an innings and 52 runs
Lowest Team Score 106/all out Lucknow Oct 23 – Oct 26, 1952 Pak won by an innings and 43 runs
116/all out Bangalore Mar 13 – Mar 17, 1987 Pak won by 16 runs
Highest Individual Scores Virender Sehwag Multan Mar 28, 2004 309 runs
Javed Miandad Hyderabad Jan 14, 1983 289*
Highest Series Wicket Keeper Imran Khan 94 wickets
Kapil Dev 99 wickets
Best Bowlers in an Innings Anil Kumble Delhi Feb 7, 1999 10/74
Imran Khan Karachi Dec 27, 1982 8/60


ODI MATCHES Pak India Location Date Result
Highest Innings 356/9 Visakhapatnam Apr 5, 2005 India beat Pak by 58 runs
344/8 Karachi Mar 13, 2004 India beat Pak by 5 runs
Lowest Innings Score 79 Sialkot Oct 13, 1978 Pak beat India by 8 wickets
87 Sharjah Mar 22, 1985 India beat Pak by 38 runs
Highest Total Chased 322 Chandigarh Nov 8, 2007 Pak beat India by 4 wickets
316 Dhaka Jan 18, 1998 India beat Pak by 3 wickets
Most Runs In Career Inzamam-ul-Haq 2403 runs
Sachin Tendulkar 2389 runs
Highest Individual Score Saeed Anwar 194 runs
MS Dhoni 148 runs
Best Partnerships Sachin Tendulkar & Sidhu Sharjah 231 runs
Saeed Anwar & Ijaz Ahmed Dhaka 230 runs
Best Bowling Saurav Ganguly Toronto 1997 5 wickets for 16 runs
Aaqib Javed Sharjah 7 wickets for 37 runs
Major Victory Margins 150 run Delhi 2005
140 run Dhaka 2008

World Cup History Between India And Pakistan

ICC World Cup 2011, the 10th Cricket World Cup ever to be played, is on fire with both Pakistan and India reaching the semi-finals. Pakistan beat West Indies and India beat Australia in the Quarterfinals to reach the World Cup Semi finals.

This is not the first time that India and Pakistan are playing against each other in a World Cup match. They played a total of 4 matches against each other, and India won all 4. The three “key players” to have played in all the four World Cups until now are Inzamam Ul Haq, Sachin Tendulkar and Javagal Srinath.  For Sachin, March 30, 2011 would be the fifth time he is going to play against Pakistan in a World Cup tournament.

ICC World CUP Wins

  • India won the World Cup in 1983
  • Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992

ICC World Cup 2011

Both Dhoni and Afridi managed to get their teams into the World Cup semi finals.

India booked their seat by defeating Australia, the defending champions in the quarter-final.  Pakistan gained theirs by defeating West Indies – who lost the match by 10 wickets.

The game at Mohali on Wednesday is going to be a high pressure game, like all India-Pakistan games are.  The onus will be on the more experienced and senior players to move their team ahead and motivate players.

The whole world has been keenly waiting for exciting semi-finals and their wish has come true, which brings me to a question. Who do you think will win?  Who will win the Semi-Final between India and Pak? India? Pak?

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Discussion 4 Comments

  1. Mr. Wangdu says:

    I think India has more chance as compare with pak, but pakistan team also in full form so everything is possible. But 1 thing is sure excitement will be there till last ball….

  2. Jitendra Pandit says:

    Here's an original composition to raise India's spirits

    Let me know what you think?

  3. May B Pakistan ! Its Hard work is on Top from Start –

  4. Gaarysober says:

    Well done India. I'm English but it was great to see two fanatical cricket nations battle this one out. The game also helped Pakistans cause for acceptence back inrto the ICC fold. I honestly believe that what happened with the bet rigging was so miniscule, it didn't warrant the action. Pakistani's and Indians love the game and it's a shame that they haven't met recently. Long may this competition continue it's not a perfect system but at least the emerging nations get to play a few games against the leading nations. Also how about including Ireland in one of the English domestic competitions.

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