The India-Pakistan World Cup rivalry is one of the most intense and celebrated contests in cricket history. Over the years, India & Pakistan matches have produced some of the most memorable moments in cricket, captivating fans worldwide.
The India-Pakistan World Cup rivalry is not just about cricket; it’s a clash of cultures and national pride. These matches unite and divide fans, creating a show that goes beyond the game itself.
ICC World Cup India vs Pakistan Head-To-Head
Before we go year by year, let’s see India and Pakistan’s head-to-head performance against each other in ICC Cricket World Cups.
India-Pakistan World Cup Year by Year
One Day International(ODI) World Cup
1992: India won by 43 runs in Sydney
In the 1992 World Cup organized by Australia and New Zealand, India faced Pakistan in Sydney. It was a highly anticipated clash between the arch-rivals.
India displayed a fantastic performance with both bat and ball, setting a target of 216 runs for Pakistan to chase. India restricted Pakistan to 173, securing a 43-run victory. This win further intensified the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry and remains a memorable moment in World Cup history.
1996: India won by 39 runs in Bengaluru
The 1996 World Cup between India and Pakistan took place in Bengaluru, India.
Batting first, India scored a challenging 287 runs, because of outstanding innings from Navjot Singh Sidhu and Ajay Jadeja. Pakistan fought hard but could only manage 248 runs, falling short by 39 runs.
India’s victory sparked celebrations among the fans adding another chapter of success in the World Cup against Pakistan.
1999: India won by 47 runs in Manchester
In the year 1999, the World Cup was held in Manchester, and yet again India showcased their dominance against Pakistan. Batting first, India posted a total of 227 runs on the board. Pakistan was bowled out for 180, resulting in a 47-run win for India.
This victory was crucial for India’s progress in the tournament and continued their winning streak against Pakistan in World Cups.
2003: India won by 6 wickets in Centurion
India faced Pakistan in Centurion during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
India batted first and put up a challenging total of 273 runs, thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant century. Pakistan’s chase fell short as India’s bowlers put on a disciplined performance, ensuring a 6-wicket victory for India.
Sachin Tendulkar’s all-round excellence earned him the Player of the Match award.
2011: India won by 29 runs in Mohali
One of the most highly anticipated semifinal clashes between India and Pakistan unfolded in Mohali during the 2011 World Cup.
Batting first, India scored 260 runs, with contributions from Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Suresh Raina. India’s bowlers kept their nerve to secure a 29-run win and a place in the final.
This year India won the famous World Cup against Sri Lanka in the finals.
2015: India won by 76 runs in Adelaide
The 2015 World Cup encounter between India and Pakistan occurred in Adelaide, Australia. India posted a total of 300 runs. Pakistan could only manage 224 runs in response, as India secured a comfortable 76-run victory.
India kept their winning momentum against Pakistan in World Cups, delivering yet another impressive performance.
2019: India won by 89 runs in Manchester
The last World Cup meeting between India and Pakistan was held in Manchester. This match gained immense attention from cricket fans worldwide. Batting first, India put up a huge total of 336 runs, by Rohit Sharma’s sensational century. Pakistan could only reach 212, resulting in an 89-run win for India.
This victory continued India’s unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cups, further adding to the intensity of the rivalry.
T20 World Cup
2007: Tied, India won on a bowl-out in Durban
During the first T20 World Cup in 2007, the group-stage match between India and Pakistan in Durban ended in a thrilling tie. India scored 141/9 in their 20 overs, and Pakistan also managed 141/7 in their allotted overs, resulting in a tie.
The match was decided through a bowl-out, where India hit the stumps more times than Pakistan to claim victory.
2007: India won by 5 runs in Johannesburg
In the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup in Johannesburg, India set a target of 157/5 in their 20 overs. Pakistan fought hard but managed 152/7, falling short by just five runs.
This historic victory made India the first-ever T20 World Cup champions.
2012: India won by 8 wickets in Colombo
During the 2012 T20 World Cup in Colombo, India chased down Pakistan’s total of 128/8 with ease, reaching 129/2 in just 17 overs.
Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli played crucial innings, scoring 32 and 78 runs, respectively.
2014: India won by 7 wickets in Dhaka
In the 2014 T20 World Cup match in Dhaka, India’s bowlers restricted Pakistan to 130/7 in their 20 overs.
India’s batsmen comfortably chased down the target, reaching 131/3 with seven balls to spare. Virat Kohli once again played a significant role with a well-made 36 not out.
2016: India won by 6 wickets in Kolkata
During the 2016 T20 World Cup in Kolkata, Pakistan batted first and posted a competitive total of 118/5 in their 18 overs (revised target due to rain). However, India’s batting lineup proved too strong, and they reached 119/4 in just 15.5 overs.
India won the match by 6 wickets. Virat Kohli was once again the star, scoring an unbeaten 55 runs.
2021: Pakistan won by 10 wickets in Dubai
In the T20 World Cup meeting in Dubai, India struggled to put up a challenging total, managing 151/7 in their 20 overs. Pakistan’s opening batsmen, demolished India’s bowling attack, guiding their team to a remarkable 10-wicket win.
The partnership between Babar and Rizwan was worth 152 runs, with Babar scoring an unbeaten century. This was the first victory of Pakistan against India in the World Cup.
2022: India won by 4 wickets in Melbourne
In the T20 World Cup encounter in Melbourne, Pakistan set a target of 176/7 in their 20 overs. Despite a competitive score, India’s batsmen showcased their class and chased down the target, reaching 178/6.
India won the match by 4 wickets with two balls to spare. Rishabh Pant’s blazing 79-run innings was the highlight of the match.
2023: India won by 7 wickets in Ahmedabad
In the most recent ODI World Cup of 2023, India secured a 7-wicket victory over Pakistan in Ahmedabad. Pakistan managed to set a target of 191 runs, losing all their wickets in 42.5 overs. India successfully chased down the target in just 31 overs, with 7 wickets to spare.
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma played an important role in the game by scoring 86 runs.
Each of these encounters has contributed to the legendary status of the India-Pakistan World Cup rivalry, making it one of the most celebrated and eagerly awaited contests in cricket history.