India registered their seventh consecutive win over Pakistan in all seven ICC Cricket World Cup encounters between the two sides till date. The Indian fans were on seventh heaven as their team comfortably registered the win.
MS Dhoni, who wears jersey number seven, is endorsing Powerade- the choice of champions to meet their hydration needs.
Number seven, so closely associated with MSD, has also been inspiring for another reason. Victory number seven against Pakistan in the World Cup has been the biggest margin in terms of runs for the Indian team.
1992: Super win in Sydney
At the ICC World Cup in 1992 in Australia and New Zealand, the two teams met in the day-night match at Sydney Cricket Ground and India could manage only 216 for 7 in the 49 overs that Pakistan bowled in the allotted time. Batting at number 5, only Sachin got a half century for India. Pakistan lost two wickets early but was comfortable at 105 for 2, Aamir Sohail’s dismissal triggered a slide. The Manoj Prabhakar-Kapil Dev led attack managed to bowl out Pakistan for 173. In the end, Pakistan was short of runs, and India won comfortably by 43 runs.
1996: Pakistan ‘Bangalored’
The 1996 World Cup held in India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka saw the two rivals clash in Bangalore. In the second quarter final, Tendulkar and Sidhu put up a good opening stand but after the former was out, India kept losing wickets regularly. Number six batsman Ajay Jadeja was dismissed with India at 200 for 4. By the time he was out, India were 279 for 8, the star batsman having scored 45 off 25 balls. India had galloped to 286 for 8.
After their openers made a strong start, Indian supporters had plenty to cheer for as wickets fell at regular intervals. Three wickets apiece to Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble and Pakistan could only reach 248 for 9.
1999: The first Manchester win
In 1999, India did not make a strong start at Old Trafford, and at 107 for 2, Ajay Jadeja lost his wicket. Rahul Dravid and Azharuddin steadied the Indian ship with fifties each but India laboured to 227 in 50 overs in tough batting conditions.
Pakistan made a disastrous start and soon half the side was back in the pavilion with 78 runs on the board. After some resistance by the lower order batsmen, Pakistan were bowled out for 180, with none of the batsmen reaching the half century mark. India won by 47 runs, their third consecutive win against the rivals in the World Cup.
2003: Johannesburg: Sachin guides India home
Saeed Anwar led Pakistan with a superb century at Centurion Park in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. There was little support he had from other batsmen as Pakistan managed to reach 273, after winning the toss and batting first.
India responded with a sound start and when Waqar Younis had two wickets in two balls, Pakistan were on fire. Sachin’s 98 and Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh took India home with an unbeaten partnership of 99 runs. India won comfortably by six wickets with over four overs to spare.
2011: No match in Mohali
During the 2011 semi-final at Mohali, India got off to an explosive start, thanks to Virender Sehwag. Useful contributions from the lower order helped India reach 260 for 9 in their 50 overs, a challenging total for the Pakistan team.
Pakistan batted and the openers were cautious. But when regular wickets started falling, half the side was back with 142 on the board. Misbah ul Haq’s half century was the only resistance as the lower order found it a tough task to score runs, as each Indian bowler took two wickets. With a 29-run win, India marched into the final.
2015: Awesome teamwork at Adelaide
The two rival teams were back in Australia for the 2015 World Cup pool match at the Adelaide oval. Between Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, the Indian team put up over 250 runs to end with 300 runs in their allotted overs. There was plenty of opportunity for the Indian fans to celebrate.
Pakistan made a sedate start, losing Younis Khan early. From 102 for 2, there was a mini-collapse and Pakistan lost three wickets for three runs. With that, they lost their hopes to win the match as the bowlers tightened their grip. Mohammed Shami’s four wickets stood out as India were victors again by 76 runs.