Three times when Pakistani bowlers got the better of Indian batters

The rivalry between India and Pakistan cricket teams is unknown to none. Traditionally, Pakistani bowlers have been the lifeline of the team. Pakistan has been known for its ferocious bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis or Shoaib Akhtar. On the other hand, the Indian cricket team has been popular for its batters like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli.

The rivalry between India and Pakistan cricket teams is unknown to none. Traditionally, Pakistani bowlers have been the lifeline of the team. Pakistan has been known for its ferocious bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis or Shoaib Akhtar. On the other hand, the Indian cricket team has been popular for its batters like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli.

Let us have a look at three matches where Pakistani bowlers dominated Indian batters:

ICC Champions Trophy Final, 18 June, 2017

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Any India Vs Pakistan final match is a treat for cricket lovers. Cricket fans from both the countries keenly watch such enthralling clashes due as it is seen as one of the greatest cricketing rivalries in the field of Cricket.

At the Oval in London, Pakistan Cricket team set a target of 338 runs batting first after India won the toss and elected to field. Pakistan, who were underdogs entering as the lowest-ranked team in the competition, restricted defending champions India to 158. India was bowled out in 30.3 overs with Mohammad Amir taking three wickets for Pakistan.

The match is estimated to have garnered 400 million viewers, becoming the third most-watched game in cricketing history.

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T20 World Cup, 24 October, 2021 

It was a group match of the T20 World Cup 21 between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Pakistan won the toss and elected to take the field first. Pakistan restricted

India to 151 runs. India lost seven wickets in the inning with Shaheen Shah Afridi taking three scalps for Pakistan.

Both the Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma faltered and failed to provide a good start to the team.  While KL Rahul made only three runs off eight balls. Rohit Sharma on the other hand got out for a golden duck.

Afridi sent back all India’s top batters, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (57) back to the pavilion.

In reply, the Pakistani side chased down the target in 17.5 overs without losing any wicket.

Bilateral-2nd ODI, 03 January, 2013

This is when Pakistan toured India for Test, ODI and T20 series in 2013. At the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India won the toss and chose to field first. Pakistan set a target of 251 runs for India before getting bowled out in 48.3 overs.

The Pakistani bowlers were in no mood to spare as India was bundled out for 165 runs in 48 overs. Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal took three wickets each for Pakistan.

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The cricketing world is set to witness this rivalry yet again as the Rohit Sharma-led India and Babar Azam’s Pakistan will lock horns in a group match of the T20 World Cup 2024. While India won its previous group match against Ireland, Pakistan is yet to recover from the shocking defeat it faced against the host the USA.

The last time Pakistan defeated India in a T20 match was during Asia Cup 2022.