The intense rivalry between India and Pakistan will set the stage on fire when the two teams face each other in the Asia Cup 2018 clash at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Wednesday. The two teams are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006, the last of their regular matches which were also held in Sharjah between 1984-2000. The game is also the first between the sub-continent rivals since Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval in June last year.
Out of the 12 Asia Cup matches played between the two teams, India have won six times (5 ODIs and one T20I) while Pakistan have won on five occasions. One match ended with no result.
When will the Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan match be played?
India vs Pakistan cricket. Once dubbed the mother of all cricket battles, this rivalry is now confined only to multi-nation tournaments, the Asia Cup and ICC events. Bilateral cricket ties between the two countries are frozen and there’s no indication whatsoever of them thawing any time soon. But a clash between the Men in Blue and Green is still a huge crowd-puller, regardless of where they are playing. An India-Pakistan clash has perhaps become more exciting because it’s now a rare breed of international cricket rivalry that is available for the fans only in small doses.
Since January 2013, India and Pakistan have played no bilateral ODI series. But the two teams have clashed since then in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy (India beat Pak by 8 wickets by the D/L method in a group game), the 2014 Asia Cup (Pakistan won by 1 wicket), the 2015 ICC ODI World Cup (India won by 76 runs) and twice at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (India won first match by 124 runs by D/L method and lost the final to Pakistan by 180 runs).