Contests between India and Pakistan have always been a tense and high-voltage affair. Usually, it’s been a contest between India’s batting and Pakistan’s bowling. While Pakistan hold the edge over India in one-day internationals and Tests, India have a big advantage over Pakistan in Twenty20 Internationals. Heading into the big Asia Cup 2016 clash on Saturday, these are some vital numbers that define contests between India and Pakistan. (Pakistan Gets Green Signal From Government to Participate in India)
5 – Number of wins registered by India against Pakistan in six Twenty20 internationals. India and Pakistan tied their first match in the 2007 World Cup which India later won via a bowl-out. They went on to win the 2007 final in Johannesburg. Their next encounter was in the 2012 World Cup in Sri Lanka which India won by eight wickets. Pakistan finally broke the jinx in 2012 in Bangalore when they won the match by five wickets. India got back to winning ways by defeating them by 11 runs in Ahmedabad and winning the 2014 World Cup clash in Dhaka by seven wickets. (Pakistan Won’t Play Bilateral Series in India: Najam Sethi)
150 – Most number of runs scored by a batsman in contests between India and Pakistan. Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer against Pakistan with 150 runs in four games at an average of 75. (Rohit, Nehra Take India to Big Win Over Bangladesh in Asia Cup Opener)
78 – The highest individual score by a batsman in India-Pakistan Twenty20 clashes. Kohli once again tops the list when he smashed an unbeaten 78 in the 2012 World Cup encounter in Colombo.
2 – Most number of fifties scored by an individual batsman in India-Pakistan Twenty20 internationals. Mohammad Hafeez scored 61 and 55 in the two-match series which Pakistan played against India in 2012.
11 – Most number of wickets taken by an individual bowler in Twenty20 internationals between India and Pakistan. No surprises that it is a Pakistani. Umar Gul has taken 11 wickets in six games with a best haul of 4/37 at an average of 16.18.
261 – The combined wickets tally of Shahid Afridi (91), Gul (85) and Saeed Ajmal (85) from a total of 214 Twenty20 internationals. Afridi, Gul and Ajmal are the top three wicket-takers in Twenty20 internationals.
4 – The best individual haul in Twenty20 internationals between these two teams. There have been only two four-wicket hauls in clashes between these two nations. Gul picked up 4/37 in Ahmedabad in 2012 while Mohammad Asif picked up 4/18 in the 2007 World Cup in Durban. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the best bowling figures of 3/9 which he achieved in Bangalore in 2012.
7 – The most number of sixes hit by an individual batsman in Twenty20 clashes between India and Pakistan. Yuvraj Singh holds this record when he smashed seven sixes in his whirlwind knock of 72 from 36 balls in the match in Ahmedabad.