With both teams entering the contest unbeaten, they’ve painted a perfect picture of dominance, claiming victories in their opening matches. India, in a thrilling showdown, bested Australia by six wickets in Chennai and then exhibited their prowess by overwhelming Afghanistan by eight wickets in Delhi. The momentum is unmistakably in their favor as they gear up for the grand clash.
In their opening Odi World Cup, Pakistan had their hearts racing as they faced a scare from the Netherlands, but they eventually chased down a record score. A remarkable display of heroics by Mohammad Rizwan was the driving force behind their triumph.
Conversely, India has maintained an immaculate record in World Cup clashes against their arch-rivals, emerging victorious in all seven of their encounters.
The coin toss has proven to be a pivotal factor in these high-stakes matches, often wielding considerable influence in the India vs Pakistan showdowns.
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Curious about the toss results in all seven matches so far? Let’s dive in for a closer examination.
1992: A Glimpse into the India vs. Pakistan World Cup Clash
In the 1992 World Cup encounter, India won the crucial toss and made the strategic decision to set the target by batting first.
The match unfolded as a low-scoring thriller, with India posting a modest total of 217 runs. Pakistan’s batsmen, with their unwavering determination, tried valiantly to chase down the target. However, they ultimately fell short by 43 runs, resulting in a historic victory for India that would be etched into cricketing lore.
Notably, a young talent who would go on to shape the enduring rivalry between India and Pakistan emerged as a shining star on this grand stage. It was none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who displayed an impressive all-round performance, setting the stage for countless epic battles in the years to come.
1996: A Classic Encounter – India vs. Pakistan in the World Cup
In the 1996 World Cup, India won the pivotal toss and elected to take the batting stance.
Under the leadership of Mohammed Azharuddin, the Indian team scripted a thrilling quarterfinal triumph against arch-rivals Pakistan, securing victory by a margin of 39 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The standout performance of the match came from Navjot Singh Sidhu, who played a pivotal role in setting a challenging target by scoring an impressive 93 runs off 115 balls. The Indian bowlers also exhibited commendable skills, with Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad being particularly effective. Prasad’s crucial wickets, including Aamer Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, and Inzamam-ul-Haq, were instrumental in India’s success. Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju also made significant contributions, playing a key role in restricting Pakistan’s total score.
1999 World Cup: India’s Triumph Over Pakistan
In the 1999 World Cup, the coin favored India once more, and they chose to take the batting initiative.
India achieved a significant victory over their arch-rivals Pakistan in the 4th Super match, hosted at the historic Old Trafford in Manchester on June 8, 1999. The Indian team, guided by their decision to bat first, set a competitive target of 228 runs for their opponents.
The standout moment of this memorable match was the extraordinary performance by Indian medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad. Prasad showcased his prowess by claiming a spectacular five-wicket haul, leaving Pakistan reeling as they were bundled out for a total of 180 runs. This stunning performance by Prasad was the driving force behind India’s triumph in this classic encounter.
2003 World Cup: Tendulkar’s Iconic Innings Secures India’s Victory
In the 2003 World Cup, Pakistan won the toss and decided to take the batting initiative, aiming to change their fortunes against India.
While Pakistan managed to break India’s streak in the toss department, the same couldn’t be said for the final outcome of the match. Once again, it was Sachin Tendulkar who stood as an insurmountable obstacle in Pakistan’s path. The Master Blaster delivered an iconic performance, amassing 98 runs from just 75 balls. His innings included a memorable six over third man, a shot off Shoaib Akhtar’s delivery that has etched itself into the annals of cricketing history. Virender Sehwag also played a crucial role, contributing significantly with a quickfire 21 runs from 14 balls. Their combined batting prowess allowed India to secure a thrilling victory by six wickets with 26 balls to spare.
Pakistan had set a challenging target of 274 runs on the back of Saeed Anwar’s century, but it ultimately proved insufficient as India emerged victorious at the end of the day.
2011 World Cup: Epic Showdown – India’s Triumph Over Pakistan
In the 2011 World Cup, the coin favored India, and they made the pivotal choice to set the target by opting to bat first.
One of the most memorable clashes in cricket history unfolded in Mohali when India faced off against Pakistan in the semi-final. India posted a competitive total of 260/9, and Sachin Tendulkar played a pivotal role, anchoring the innings with a composed contribution of 85 runs.
This match was not short on drama. Pakistan commenced their chase with determination and promise, but they eventually fell short by 29 runs, bowled out for 231 in 49.5 overs. The Indian bowlers, led by the experienced Zaheer Khan, showcased their prowess in stifling Pakistan’s chase, ultimately securing India’s victory and earning their place in the tournament final.
2015 World Cup: India’s Commanding Win Over Pakistan in Adelaide
In the 2015 World Cup, India once again took the initiative after winning the toss, electing to set the target by opting to bat first.
The match played out at Adelaide, and India showcased their dominance, securing a resounding victory over Pakistan by a margin of 76 runs. The defining moment of the game was the exceptional performance by Virat Kohli, who delivered an impressive century. India, batting first, reached a formidable total of 300 runs for the loss of seven wickets, with Kohli being the standout contributor with a significant 107 runs to his name.
In response, Pakistan’s innings came to an end as they were bowled out for just 224 runs in 47 overs, sealing India’s comprehensive victory.
2019: A Day to Remember in Manchester
In the 2019 encounter, Pakistan emerged victorious in the crucial coin toss and made the strategic decision to field first.
India, however, continued to assert its dominance over Pakistan, extending its unbroken streak with a resounding win in their 22nd match held at Old Trafford, Manchester.
The match’s standout performance belonged to Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who crafted a magnificent innings, amassing 140 runs from 113 deliveries, enabling India to set an imposing total of 336/5.
Despite rain interruptions that curtailed the game to 40 overs, Pakistan could only muster 212/6, falling short by 89 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.
India had often opted to bat when the coin was in their favor, leading 5-2 in the toss battle. However, when they step into Ahmedabad, they may have to break from tradition. The Narendra Modi Stadium has witnessed teams chasing down targets successfully, especially in the IPL.
In the World Cup 2023 opener, New Zealand had won the toss and chosen to chase the target against England. The Blackcaps went on to clinch the match by a convincing nine-wicket margin, a strategy that Rohit Sharma might consider if he wins the toss.