The cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan is one of the most intense and storied in the world of sports. Whenever these two cricketing giants clash, it’s not just a game; it’s a battle that transcends boundaries and sparks emotions like no other. In One-day international cricket, India and Pakistan have faced each other 133 times, with India winning 56 fixtures and Pakistan holding an edge with 73 victories. However, Men in Blue have had its fair share of memorable victories against Pakistan.
Let’s delve into the top five biggest ODI wins for India over Pakistan, showcasing moments of brilliance, outstanding performances, and the sheer intensity that defines this cricketing rivalry.
India’s top 5 ODI triumphs over Pakistan by run margins
1. India’s Decisive 228-Run Victory Over Pakistan in Asia Cup 2023 (Colombo, Sri Lanka):
In an epic showdown at the R. Premadasa Stadium, India secured their most emphatic ODI win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 by a dominating margin of 228 runs. Batting first after Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam‘s decision, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill laid a formidable foundation with a scintillating opening partnership of 121 runs. Despite a brief dip with two wickets falling in quick succession, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul‘s stellar batting display boosted India to a massive total of 356 runs for the loss of just two wickets. Rahul remained unbeaten on 111, while Kohli recorded a record-breaking 122 not out.
In reply, Pakistan’s batters struggled to find their rhythm against India’s well-rounded bowling attack. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya provided an early breakthrough, setting the tone for the innings. Nevertheless, it was Kuldeep Yadav who truly shone, spinning his way to a remarkable 5-wicket haul, conceding only 25 runs. This spellbinding performance pushed Pakistan out of contention, as they managed just 128 runs.
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2. India’s Commanding 140-Run Win in the 2008 Kitply Cup (Mirpur, Bangladesh):
During a captivating league-stage match in the Kitply Cup 2008, India faced arch-rivals Pakistan. India’s opening pair, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, played a pivotal role, amassing a formidable 155-run partnership, with Sehwag contributing 89 runs and Gambhir adding 62. Additionally, Yuvraj Singh‘s stylish 55 runs bolstered India’s innings, resulting in a commanding 330/4. In response, Pakistan struggled to find their footing and was eventually bowled out for 190 runs. Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla played instrumental roles, each claiming four wickets, sealing India’s resounding victory in this memorable encounter.
3. India’s dominant 124-run triumph in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (Group Stage, Birmingham, England):
The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy group-stage clash witnessed an explosive batting display by India’s opening pair. Rohit, with a sublime 91, and Shikhar Dhawan, with a sinthillating knock of 68, established a partnership that reached 136 runs. Their aggressive stroke play and superb understanding of each other’s game put India in a commanding position. Nonetheless, it was India’s bowling unit that put the final nail in the coffin for Pakistan. Umesh Yadav‘s fiery pace and precise line and length led to a fantastic three-wicket haul, ultimately restricting Pakistan to just 164 runs. India’s all-around excellence resulted in an emphatic 124-run victory.
4. India’s convincing 87-run victory in Kochi in 2005:
In the 2005 ODI encounter in Kochi, India’s batting brilliance was epitomized by Sehwag’s electrifying century. Sehwag’s breathtaking 108 off 95 balls, combined with contributions from the middle order, propelled India to a competitive total of 281/8. It was a game also marked by India’s stellar bowling performance, led by Zaheer Khan and Lakshmipathy Balaji, both of whom claimed two wickets each in the early stages, destabilizing Pakistan’s top order. However, the highlight of the match was the legendary Sachin Tendulkar‘s remarkable five-wicket haul, which saw him clean up Pakistan’s lower order and bowled them out to 194. Tendulkar’s exceptional performance, coupled with India’s effective bowling display, resulted in a convincing 87-run victory over Pakistan in this unforgettable clash.
5. India’s resounding 76-run win in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup (Group Stage, Adelaide, Australia):
During the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup group-stage match in Adelaide, India’s batting maestro Kohli was the central figure in India’s triumph. Kohli’s sublime century, an elegant 107 off 126 balls, anchored India’s innings. He received strong support from Dhawan, who contributed 73 runs. With the ball, it was Mohammed Shami who emerged as the game-changer. Shami’s hostile pace and ability to extract movement troubled Pakistan’s batters, earning him a vital four-wicket haul for just 35 runs. India’s balanced performance with both bat and ball resulted in a convincing 76-run win.
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