World Cup 2011 March 28, 2011

India v Pakistan in World Cups: A historical pseudo-analysis

A look back at how India and Pakistan have fared in World Cups, and who has the better record going into the 2011 tournament
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1975 One-day cricket was new, so new that Sunil Gavaskar played for a draw in the first ever World Cup match (he scored 36 not out off 174 balls). The South Asian giants didn't progress to the semi-finals, only managing wins against minnows Sri Lanka and East Africa. Pakistan's defeat from the jaws of victory against eventual winners West Indies was the high point for either nation. At that moment, one-day cricket and South Asia seemed ill-suited to each other. Pakistan had the better tournament but not by enough to gain a clear early advantage.

India 1 Pakistan 1

1979 India still hadn't got the hang of one-day cricket, managing to lose all three matches and finish bottom of their group thanks to a defeat to Sri Lanka, who were still considered minnows then. Pakistan fared better, reaching a semi-final against West Indies that they threatened to win until Viv Richards ripped out the middle order with three wickets.

Pakistan were sowing the seeds of a reputation for unpredictability but they achieved much more than India in this tournament.

India 1 Pakistan 2

1983 India's World Cup. Everybody expected West Indies to complete a hat-trick of victories and a loss to India in the group stages didn't especially dampen those expectations. Both India and Pakistan progressed to the semi-finals, India more convincingly on the back of some fine batting. Pakistan's stuttering World Cup ended with another semi-final exit at the hands of West Indies.

In the final at Lord's, India's score of 183 was five runs less than Pakistan had scored against West Indies in the semi-final. That's where the comparisons ended. India produced an incredible performance in the field. A towering, swirling hit from Viv Richards was held by Kapil Dev and forlorn hope became genuine ambition. India's medium pacers were all over the two-time champions, Mohinder Amarnath taking 3 for 12.

That's the moment the world changed. South Asia was now obsessed with one-day cricket and the World Cup. India had also outdone Pakistan.

India 2 Pakistan 2

1987 The first World Cup held in South Asia, indeed anywhere outside England. The tournament was engineered for an India-Pakistan final, with Pakistan favourites on paper. All went smoothly until the semi-finals when both home nations were undone by upstarts England and Australia.

Both nations were equally traumatised and wounded. At least, India had their World Cup win in the bag. Pakistan had nothing except a run of semi-final appearances to soothe them. Imran Khan declared that defeat had made him understand what the World Cup meant to the people of Pakistan.

India 3 Pakistan 3

1992 Pakistan's World Cup; the year of the cornered tiger. Coloured pyjamas and satellite television transformed the World Cup franchise when it reached Australia. None of the South Asian nations were expected to excel on bouncy pitches, but Pakistan squeezed into the semi-finals again. In the process, they were dismissed for 74 by England and lost their first ever World Cup encounter with India, made famous for a squabble between Javed Miandad and Kiran More.

Facing a near-impossible run chase in the semi-final against New Zealand, Inzamam-ul-Haq produced an iconic innings, allowing Wasim Akram to execute a thrilling final flourish against England. Pakistan had their World Cup win and Imran Khan had the keys to his cancer hospital.

Pakistan's reputation as the most dangerously unpredictable one-day nation was firmly established.

India 3 Pakistan 4

1996 A return to South Asia produced a South Asian winner, but it was neither big beast. Instead, former-minnows Sri Lanka refined the art of pinch-hitting and stormed their way to victory at Lahore's unfortunately named Gaddafi Stadium. The collapse of the podium at the winner's ceremony and some worrying moments with floodlights added an air of farce and incompetence to the tournament.

Earlier, India and Pakistan had fought an emotional quarter-final at Bangalore. India won thanks to a late assault by Ajay Jadeja against Waqar Younis. Briefly, Pakistan looked in the hunt, with Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar giving India's bowlers some tap and rowing with them too. But once Sohail lost his head, Pakistan's reply petered out. For the first time, India had directly eliminated Pakistan from a World Cup.

A few days later, it was India's turn to feel pain, as a failed run chase and crowd disturbance ended their World Cup with a semi-final defeat to Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens.

India 4 Pakistan 4

1999 The World Cup returned to England and Wasim Akram's Pakistan made it to the final. In the process, they lost again to India, as well as Bangladesh. India's poor form in the Super Six stage cost them a semi-final place, while Pakistan's equally poor form in the Super Six stage didn't matter because of their success in the group stage.

Pakistan had beaten Australia in the group stage, but Australia were peaking as they reached the final and Pakistan had left their best form behind them. Akram urged his players to relax, and perhaps they overdid it as Shane Warne led a humiliating rout, Pakistan dismissed for 133.

Pakistan had now reached two World Cup finals and three semi-finals without ever beating India.

India 4 Pakistan 5

2003 India rising, Pakistan collapsing. South Africa was a new venue for the World Cup and signalled a redefinition of the World Cup rivalry between India and Pakistan. Pakistan were in dreadful form, with too many players past their best. India, meanwhile, were experienced yet still hungry. Their batting order was beginning to look formidable.

When the two teams met in Centurion, Pakistan compiled a decent 273. Shoaib Akhtar had bowled the fastest recorded delivery earlier in the tournament. How would India's batsmen stand up to him, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis? To answer the question, Sachin Tendulkar cut Akhtar for six over backward point, and India's first hundred runs in their chase came off 73 balls. Pakistan were demolished and dumped out of the tournament.

India reached the final but Australia were red-hot. India were never in the game, a variation on Pakistan's defeat in 1999.

India 5 Pakistan 5

2007 The tournament that never happened. Two wins between them, and those over Bermuda and Zimbabwe, India and Pakistan may as well have not turned up. This was especially true of Pakistan, whose coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room, and had to help the police with their inquiries into his death. Painful memories for all supporters of India and Pakistan, which makes both teams' revivals in World Cup 2011 even sweeter.

India 5 Pakistan 5

2011 The tournament's best batsmen meet the tournament's best bowlers in a World Cup semi-final in Punjab. It is the first time that India and Pakistan have faced each other at this stage of the tournament, and this World Cup analysis is neatly poised. The winner on Wednesday will shift history in their country's favour.

Footnote: For the scoring system, I awarded 1 point to the country that performed the best in the tournament. When India and Pakistan progressed equally, I awarded 1 point each, except in 2007 when I didn't think either country deserved to score anything. The scores are a running total.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • M. Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on May 16, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran Abbasi,

    They may listen to you. Pls. write a column on Mohammad YOUSUF so that PCB should call him back in Pakistan Test team, otherwise, we shall keep on geeting humilating defeats like we got yesterday in West Indies. YOUSUF is still a world class special Batsman and no doubt Pakistan's best Batsman at present. PCB is destroying not only his career but also Pakistan's fame. I don't know for what they are punishing YOUSUF. It seems that they are playing a kind of politics on him.

    I request you again to please write it immediately so that he could be included in 2nd Test against WI. He is, at present, doing very nice in county cricket (England). He has made 109 & 68 from Warwickshire in the previous match. So, what else PCB wants him to do ?

    Thanks & Best Regards Mohammad Nawaz Janjua

  • n c murthy on May 8, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Finally india won the match easily...............

  • Jignesh on April 15, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    @ Noman Aziz, Pakistan was in semi-final, and in the previous matches, Soheib Akhtar already proved that he was in the mood to glorify his nation. We are not talking about the league match here. It was semi-final match, and everybody knew whoever would win that semi-final going to win the world cup. That is the reason, they came out with the best team so they could have chances to go further in the tournament, and their decision to drop Akhtar and give a chance to Wahab was succeed. Wahab took 5 important wickets, which Akhtar never even think about these days. If he really wanted to play in the semi-final against India, he should have performed well in previous matches.

  • Arvind Jain on April 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Those who are saying Pakistan is leading in overall stat. Then they should india is leading by 4-0 in actual battle fields.

  • Truth on April 11, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    the pakistan cricket team must realise that now the overall scorecard will change quickly..the indian team are a bunch of world beaters now..and the pakistani team has players lyk umar akmal who would risk their nations pride to safeguard his bro kamran(if md aamer salman butt were not enough u hav dese 2)..gud luck to msd and his team...chak de india!!

  • digu on April 8, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    i love you indian cricket team

  • Ali on April 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    the score is fine because if you look at the overall matches played betwen the two and who won most pak is a long way ahead. hate pak as much as you like but you gota win some more games beside those 5 matches.

  • Dharmesh on April 5, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Now according to me..the points should be... India 7... Pakistan 6

    Pakistan also deserved for 1 point.

  • Prakash Subramanyam on March 31, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    so now the score is 6-5 in favor of India???

  • Krish on March 31, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    This is indeed an extremely biased article. The score should read 4-0 .. Oops .. 5-0 after last night!!!!! I have been itching to type this comment. I used to read your earlier articles with much interest but this one is a damp squib.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on May 16, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran Abbasi,

    They may listen to you. Pls. write a column on Mohammad YOUSUF so that PCB should call him back in Pakistan Test team, otherwise, we shall keep on geeting humilating defeats like we got yesterday in West Indies. YOUSUF is still a world class special Batsman and no doubt Pakistan's best Batsman at present. PCB is destroying not only his career but also Pakistan's fame. I don't know for what they are punishing YOUSUF. It seems that they are playing a kind of politics on him.

    I request you again to please write it immediately so that he could be included in 2nd Test against WI. He is, at present, doing very nice in county cricket (England). He has made 109 & 68 from Warwickshire in the previous match. So, what else PCB wants him to do ?

    Thanks & Best Regards Mohammad Nawaz Janjua

  • n c murthy on May 8, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Finally india won the match easily...............

  • Jignesh on April 15, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    @ Noman Aziz, Pakistan was in semi-final, and in the previous matches, Soheib Akhtar already proved that he was in the mood to glorify his nation. We are not talking about the league match here. It was semi-final match, and everybody knew whoever would win that semi-final going to win the world cup. That is the reason, they came out with the best team so they could have chances to go further in the tournament, and their decision to drop Akhtar and give a chance to Wahab was succeed. Wahab took 5 important wickets, which Akhtar never even think about these days. If he really wanted to play in the semi-final against India, he should have performed well in previous matches.

  • Arvind Jain on April 15, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Those who are saying Pakistan is leading in overall stat. Then they should india is leading by 4-0 in actual battle fields.

  • Truth on April 11, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    the pakistan cricket team must realise that now the overall scorecard will change quickly..the indian team are a bunch of world beaters now..and the pakistani team has players lyk umar akmal who would risk their nations pride to safeguard his bro kamran(if md aamer salman butt were not enough u hav dese 2)..gud luck to msd and his team...chak de india!!

  • digu on April 8, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    i love you indian cricket team

  • Ali on April 6, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    the score is fine because if you look at the overall matches played betwen the two and who won most pak is a long way ahead. hate pak as much as you like but you gota win some more games beside those 5 matches.

  • Dharmesh on April 5, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Now according to me..the points should be... India 7... Pakistan 6

    Pakistan also deserved for 1 point.

  • Prakash Subramanyam on March 31, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    so now the score is 6-5 in favor of India???

  • Krish on March 31, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    This is indeed an extremely biased article. The score should read 4-0 .. Oops .. 5-0 after last night!!!!! I have been itching to type this comment. I used to read your earlier articles with much interest but this one is a damp squib.

  • happy on March 30, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    It is very disappointing that you did not publish my comments and I think this one won't be published either. Just want to know what is the new score for India vs Pakistan in world cup...is it 6-6? ha ha ha. come on Mr Abassi, don't be in denial mode.Its just a game.

  • gamespplplay on March 30, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Interesting scoring system! In my opinion neither side should get a point for the '75 WC.

    Generally speaking - Pakistan has a better record (tests/ODI's) than India - ie. they have won more than they have lost.

  • vikas nanda on March 30, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    better change it now abbasi....6-5 to india

  • Praveen on March 30, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    What now.. that India have beaten Pakistan.. Will Mr.Kamran Abbasi say that Indians were given reprieves so they won and will make an equal score again for 6-6.. With all due respects to you and your credentials, be a sport and accept truth.

  • Veditha Singh on March 30, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    India is a great and well balanced team at present and I hope that they will progress to the final. Pakistan can be a good team on the day, I hope that they do not collapse due to moods. the captain has to "carry" them and congratulations to him for his enthausism. He is great to watch. Good luck to both teams on the day.

  • Kashan on March 30, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will make it 6........ All Pakistan public's prays with pakistan Team

  • TAPAN SHETH on March 30, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    INDIA IS ROCKING IF NOT THEN ITS BAD DAY OF 2011

  • little review on March 30, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    this is really funny ,i dont think its a possibility to comment in such way but if this was to be tried then it is unfair to say that Pak vs Ind in w.c is 5;5 .Talking about the big games India has always with out any doubt outclassed Pakistan up till now so it would be 4:0 in India's favour one should be realistic i will still say in this would cup they are (Indians) favourits but pakistans element of surprizing every one is always never to be taken lightly i still think pakistan has a great chance of changing the history here today i hope it will be 4:1 today.

  • Asad on March 30, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    I must agree that pakistan's record against India in WCs is not very promising. I didn't get the scoring criteria in this article. It must include the matches played against each others in WCs. For simplicity's sake lets keep it to India=4, pakistan=1. I'm rooting for my country i.e. Pakistan. Best of luck to both the teams. Hope to see the best game from both sides. go Team Pakistan!! History is there to learn from the mistakes and be cautious. make the fans proud even if u lose. lose with dignity, win with respect. go cricket teams!

  • hassan on March 30, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    both teams are tougher..and it will be hard for both teaams to get win over eachother.. butt i knoww inshAllah with the help from Our mighty Allahh pakisatan will be the champion......

  • Sallubaba on March 29, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    Note to Indian fans please read carefully!

    Pakistanis have never been 'hurt' at the 4-0 world cup record. The overall win loss margin between the two countries is a canyon when it comes to wins for pakistan.

    Furthermore twice in the world cup we have lost to you and still made the final of the tournament. I'll take that any day along with our 7 semi final appearances at the world cup to your four.

  • Fahad Anwar on March 29, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Comments such as the one from Rahul make me laugh, still hurting from the multiple loses??? well mate check the stats propery, Pakistan may have lost to India in world cups but the over all stats show we are way ahead in terms of total wins and hence the better team, both in ODI's and tests. Get ahead of us and then talk about hurt.

  • rauf on March 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    rest day for india on 2nd of april good luck pakistan

  • ABKhan on March 29, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    All the people commenting about four wins against Pakistan in world cup have forgotten the overall record where Pakistan is a winner by big margin. Cricket is not all about four matches morons

  • JR on March 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    C'mon you are going back 36 years. we are in the here and now. Just wish pak fans can be as gracious as india fans in defeat. sometimes, it is more noble to give credit to the other side, no ?

  • Zakah on March 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    I agree, Pakistans record against India in world cup series is abysmal, but a look at Pakistan Vs India ODI history in its entirety paints another picture:

    To date there have been 124 Matches played between india and pakistan, 46 wins went to India vs 69 wins to Pakistan. No result = 4, abandoned = 5.

    and who could forget that final ball SIX from in Sharjah Cup Final 1986, that would undermine Indian cricketers confidence for a generation.

  • Khalid Taj on March 29, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Kamran better change the blog title to india and pakistan in world cups

  • Khalid Taj on March 29, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    good analysis but I think incorrect heading. Guys don't start jumping without looking at your feet. its rating could be batter if it is like this one. Pakistan reaching 6th semi-final and india 5th.

  • Amjad Khwaja on March 29, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    I think Afredi will play a captains role in batting which he is capable of,wait and see ,like Imran, another KHAN will pick up the Cup.

  • Suman on March 29, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    What ever the form, whatever the analysis, at the end of the day it is Ind Vs Pak and it is high tension match. Who ever plays good cricket will win the match at the end of the Day. I wanted India to win this match but India is not in great form this tournament, that is a big worry.

  • NepaliCric on March 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I am very surprised at the people commenting without understanding system completely. People who are whining about the bias, please read the footnote: "The scores are a running total. " If you can't understand what it means, it's your foolishness.

  • Loorthu raj on March 29, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    I love india for ever. India won the worldcup

  • KS on March 29, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Dear Guys!!

    Time gonna prove this, so be patient and Enjoy Until tomorrow.

    KS

  • Arif Ali Khan on March 29, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    I wish both the teams good luck, but looking at the form of Sachin, Yuvraj, Zaheer Khan and Raina back in good touch, I think Pakistan has to wait for another four years for their second world cup. And a very good recap Mr. Abbasi, Kiran More and Javed Miandad spat brought smiles and also the fact which you brought out about India ejecting Pakistan whenever they met was interesting. India has added advantage in terms of a very calm skipper in MSD, whereas Afridi can be shaken very easily in the moments of crisis on the field. I think India will win tomorrow's game and Insha Allah the WC 2011 too.

  • shij on March 29, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Pervez , why do you need to go to the beginning of world cup.Look at the last two.. Pakistan was convincingly beaten by india.this shows who is stronger mate !!

  • M. Usman Sharif on March 29, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    @ singh and many others...

    you have not understood the logic of this column so dont discuss it when you ppl dont know... perfectly unbiased... how can u say india was not given point in 2003, read column again...

  • Ahmad on March 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @Aparajithan- I'm pretty sure 1992 must count as a point for Pakistan...

  • Rafe on March 29, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    to mogin: Abbass is giving each one point from 1975 world cup based on their performance at each world cup...India is given one point in 83 & 2003.

    to Singh: i believe he has given one point to India. Read the article carefully

    to all: I believe the article is about each countries performance at the world cup ..not head-to-head matches.

  • khan on March 29, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    A little biased i should say but may the better team win. Indias batting is stronger compared to Pakistan's but Pakistanis do have an advantage over the Indian bowling. They should utilize Akhtar if they want th control Indias batting. Pressure is on both teams. What a game this will be

  • Mohtashim on March 29, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    If you guys are really interested in Pakistan vs India head-to-head statistics, why limit yourself to world cup 4-0 record only? Overall, Pakistan leads 69-46 in ODI and 12-9 in tests. If you are looking forward to the upcoming match, here is another interesting statistic: Pakistan leads 17-9 when playing against India on indian soil!!!

  • Atul on March 29, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    scoring method does not seem fair. Sorry..

  • Shoaib Khan on March 29, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Super article.

  • Foaud on March 29, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    AS ALWAYS U PPL HAVE TO FIGHT ITS JUST A GAME

  • game On on March 29, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Kamran You failed to mension the grand total wins Pakistan had over India Please do not make India forget that they have been walloped 24 times more than they did the same. The score will never change just because Its worldcup and the game is the same.

  • Vija on March 29, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Come on guys read the article completly before commenting on it, don't act like uneducated "educated" guys... these points are cumulative!

  • Harry on March 29, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Does anyone know which team won the most games? Test matches pak won 12 india won 9, One day Pak won 69 india won 46, Pak higest score 699/5, India 675/5.. Hmmmmmmm

  • Johnny Dangerously on March 29, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Kamran - Can you kindly elaborate on the arithmetic used here,1983 India wins the world cup yet they are tied with Pakistan??!! Pakistan will likely win this Semi Final, but just saying , keep it real bro. -- Danger

  • asif on March 29, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    It looks biased. Except Sharjah, India dominated Pakistan almost across all countries. Regarding world cup matches, its just not comparable. Inshallah Tomorrow it will be 5-0 in India's favor.

  • Sai on March 29, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Mr Abbasi,

    This is a very biased article and when it comes to World cups comparing performance of arch rivals against each other - INDIA beats PAK by all means!!!

    Cheers Sai

  • Abdul Rehman on March 29, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    To make it clear its not a bias or a vague analysis...

    1975 Pakistan had the better tournament but not by enough to gain a clear early advantage. So an a equal score for both the teams Pak n India 1-1

    1979 Pakistan were sowing the seeds of a reputation for unpredictability but they achieved much more than India in this tournament reaching a semi-final against West Indies. 2-1

    1983 Its Obviously a Indian Cup so they scored a advantage over Pakistan. So again Score equalize at 2 - 2.

    1987 The tournament was engineered for an India-Pakistan final but unfortunate to make their grounds to have a clash of titans...

    So both equally performed well so again score equalizes at 3-3.

    1992 Pakistan Cup So again Pakistan get on lead with india(3) & Pakistan(4)

    1996 For the first time, India had directly eliminated Pakistan from a World Cup. So indian get scoring advantage

    This proves a fair reflection that PAK always leading the tournament and that the indians are inspired of PAK performance

  • waqarali.ss@gmail.com on March 29, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Its fun to read the artical especially de scoring form. I expect a very nice match of de WC.

  • hasan on March 29, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    pakistan vs india pak win and india go to home best of luck pakistan.

  • talal on March 29, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    one-day cricket is not just world cups .. chek your country's(india) overall record against pakistan and then comment . pak have won far more games against india. i dont know y u ppl just remember 4 games and forget the commulative defeats india suffered by the hands of pakistan . think about it i mean no offense though just wanted to show the true picture

  • Sheep on March 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I think it's funny how so many Indians are complaining about this - although a little sad too. Try and avoid blinded bias, it's embarrassing. All he's done is scored it on how well each team has performed over the WCs. That's it. You can't score this 4-0, that's absurd. Take '99 for instance, though India beat Pakistan, Pakistan still had a better WC (though not by much, considering how badly they lost the final).

    There are 3 things, among many, that you can look at - but bear in mind that they differ:

    a/Which team did better, overall, in the tournament (which is what the article does, so 5-5)

    b/Who won the match between the teams (4-0 to India)

    c/Which was the better team (hugely debatable at the best of times).

    They do not yield the same results. Incidentally, I am Indian too - so don't cry about me being biased.

  • amb on March 29, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    It's sad to see the overconfidence in some fans that India have never beaten Pakistan in a world cup match. Surely, they are preparing themselves for a shock tomorrow if they continue to live in that illusion.

    The points given in the article are fair but surprisingly many have misinterpreted it.

    Understand the points as goals scored in a football match with each world cup description being goals scored (either India or Pakistan or both).

  • Usman on March 29, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Some nitwits didn't understand the way the scores were given. The scoring is fair enough, although, we can make it more precise by accounting for the winning margins each country acheived in their respective matches.

  • Riaz on March 29, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Sorry to the staticians and historians---pakistan will beat India and Sri Lanka to lift the world cup for the second time.Inshallah!!ps no offence to my very dear Indian and Sri Lankan friends.

  • sache on March 29, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Being a Pakistani I do rate India has a upper hand considering historical facts, however Pakistan will also have an upper edge when it comes to the fact that India would be under pressure on home ground. Both teams are well balanced and equally hungry for the cup. I think the team that will perform on the day will be the winner be it India or Pakistan, Let the cricket be the winner this time, and let's enjoy the game at its best.

  • Zeeshan on March 29, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    good analysis, i want to add one more thing about pak performance, in pervious year and also in this year pak change few history like beat australia in test match in australia, beat england, win test series in newzeland and also one-day, now next target to beat india Inshallaha in world cup 2011, change history and 6 point. u do it pakistan.

  • Deep Cower on March 29, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Though it is always nice to recount history before a match billed as the most important in the current tourney, I am at a loss to understand what purpose the point system served. Given Pakistan has never beaten India in a world cup game, it should probably be 5-0 India really :)

    Now that I am done with the mandatory nitpicking characteristic of an anonymous internet commenter, let me congratulate you on a fine article.

  • merchant on March 29, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    if india bat first, the long partner ship is curcial, meaning either shewag or the god of cricket should stay there for all 50 overs, if this happens then no way oponent will have a last smile,but all said & done, this is cricket requst all to take it in a sporting manner even if either of the tem win, ultimately the cup will be in sub-continent, SC showed that aussies are not more as stong as they use to be tx to ponting & his behaviour..cheers & all the best

  • merchant on March 29, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    if india bat first, the long partner ship is curcial, meaning either shewag or the god of cricket should stay there for all 50 overs, if this happens then no way oponent will have a last smile,but all said & done, this is cricket requst all to take it in a sporting manner even if either of the tem win, ultimately the cup will be in sub-continent, SC showed that aussies are not more as stong as they use to be tx to ponting & his behaviour..cheers & all the best

  • Story teller on March 29, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Well done Kamran for your excellent analysis. Every body should keep in mind that world cup is a 50 over ODI format. Mind you, Pakistan has won 64 ODIs out of 108 and while India has just 40. It is quite easily understandable who is superior.

  • Xahid Javed on March 29, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    i know only .......Final Pak vs Sri = Pakistan Win (INSHAALLAH) ....Best of Luck...

  • sanjay on March 29, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Please man, first do some homework, check thr records and then write.

  • keshab on March 29, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Nice words put together..i wish it will be the last ball finisher..n hope to see not less than a drama :)

  • Danish Akhtar on March 29, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    yes pak will beat india and finish the india wins against pak Inshaalah

  • Shahzad on March 29, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Good luck pakistan

  • Vijay on March 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @ mogin

    Dude...the scoring is cumulative...pls note

  • Asad Kamran on March 29, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Yes, title is not perfect, It should be "India & Pakistan in World Cups" just change v with &

    Pointing System is some how balanced, maximum points 1 and minimum 0. and points awarded on whole world cup performance not for match between India and Pakistan.

    India has edge for all world cup win and Pakistan as a strong team and most one day winner (India vs Pakistan).

    But now all estimates will get wrong, as i predict one will be collapsed, either India or Pakistan.

    Hope for a good balanced match.

  • Green Tiger on March 29, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    This is in reply to Singh's Post above

    Check the article CAREFULLY, india were given a point for 2003. And it applies to most of the comments above that rather than being plain-indians, try to be little sensible. Pakistan has done BETTER than india in most of the world cups, regardless of their losses to india, because Pakistan has mostly been a stronger team all around. After all we produce real STRONG, REAL FAST BOWLERS. Its time you accept the reality and come out of self-praising complex.

    As regards WC 2011, lets wait till tomorrow. remember, we HAVE already conquered Mohali, when the team prayed there, ON FIELD ;)

  • Dineshkumar on March 29, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    India will definately won the wed watch.and create a tone INDIA IS BEST

  • Ashwin on March 29, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Pakistan haven't scored a single centuries in world cup 2011 they will not win India are favorite

  • Ashwin on March 29, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Pakistan haven't scored a single centuries in world cup 2011 they will not win India are favorite

  • Syed on March 29, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Friends, Just coming out and calling others biased isn't the way to go. Rule number one for sporting sprit is to be able to take comments from all sides. For sure Abbasi didn't mention, how many matches Sachin has won for India Single Handedly? Not many, ?? So please concentrate on what he is trying to say instead of who he is or where he is from......

    Thanks Syed

  • Raza Ahmed on March 29, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Awesome analysis..Impressive.. 92 World Cup Is Historical.. And Now 2011 Wcup will be..Inshallah.. Go Pakistan..Beat India..

  • Rehan Qutbi on March 29, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Excellent Article Kamran, hoping to see more.

  • Nabeel on March 29, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Awesome Stuff ... Brilliant Way to Quantify what has been a Journey or Rather say Race to be best among the Two ... Now this Worldcup is indeed gonna be legendary .... May the Best ... Nayyyyyyyy ... ... PAKISTAN win ... Ameen

  • afsar rizvi on March 29, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    All the numbers become irrelevant on a given day. I simply hope that we have an exciting match, where both teams perform to their potential and dont give in to any kind of pressure. Cricket (and not any particular side alone) should be the winner at the end and hopefully continue improving relations between both nations.

  • Omar on March 29, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Dun worryy my frnds... Records are meant to be broken :)

  • Adnan on March 29, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    well....i don't know much about scoring but any1 who watches Indian media, has a lot of nerves to call anything else "bias". Frankly....lets just take cricket as a game. Pakistan would be disappointed but it wont be a die die situation if we lose. i wonder if its the same across the border. Chill folks. Its just a game...

  • Rauf on March 29, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    To All Indians:

    Try to understand what Kamran is saying. He is NOT scoring Ind Vs Pak head to head in WC. He is scoring on overall performance of India and Pakistan in the world cups since 1975. If you really boil it down, it's Ind 1 and Pak 1 and along the same lines it's SL 1, WI 2 and Aus 4.

    If Pak wins this WC then it won't be Ind 4 and Pak 1, it will be Ind 1 and Pak 2.

    Stop being paranoid about it :)

  • deepak on March 29, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Nice comparision man !!!! But this is just a comparison...better team will win tomorrow's match.

  • Ace on March 29, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    I think that India should be deducted all 5 points for failing to lift the cup on 5 further occasions while having the 'little master' amongst their ranks.

  • naser mahmood on March 29, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    pakistan will make it 6

  • mubashir on March 29, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    I do not know what is the fuss about.If you talk about world cup matches statistics which states 4 -0 to India then what about 2 matches played in Mohali which Pakistan won and beleive me semi final match is also being played at Mohali which is happy hunting ground for Pakistan. At the end we want to see good cricket ans appreciate whosoever plays good cricket.The cicket itself is a winner.

  • Tariq on March 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Not really a good content to read but the header attracted. Guys come out from the world cup and talk about only Mohali where Pakistan has 100% winning record against India, even chased down 321 in the last meeting. I hope Afridi 11 will continue.

  • harshvardhan on March 29, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    indians desperately need akhtar to have some help in winning like he did to ross taylor to put a total of 400 or else we may have to settle to 330-340 just give him the perfect send off required for a controversial man who can only play 46 test in 15 long years with drugs beating teammates and everything

  • harshvardhan on March 29, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    indians desperately need akhtar to have some help in winning like he did to ross taylor to put a total of 400 or else we may have to settle to 330-340 just give him the perfect send off required for a controversial man who can only play 46 test in 15 long years with drugs beating teammates and everything

  • Adnan Yousaf on March 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    All who are disgracing the artical and saying its biased FYI 5/5 is not any score or rating assigned to teams, its the number of times teams have reached to Semi Finals. Go through artical again with this context please. Just an addition at end it shoul be 6/6 as both teams have reachied to Semis 6th time.

  • PSV on March 29, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Hey Abbasi: This is really a nice peace of work but if would have added facts like pakistan failed successfully four times it would have been a more transparent one. But good one to recollect the Pakistan and India classics in the worlcups.Appreciate your work! but the true score is 4-0.

  • PSV on March 29, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Hey Abbasi: This is really a nice peace of work but if would have added facts like pakistan failed successfully four times it would have been a more transparent one. But good one to recollect the Pakistan and India classics in the worlcups.Appreciate your work! but the true score is 4-0.

  • VV on March 29, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Hahaha...funny to read your article. Consolation prize will be given definitely to you & PAK. Although Pak didn't (can never) win India in World Cups, you give equal credit. It will be 6-6, even we(Ind) win tomorrow. So nice... Kuppura vilundhalum meesaila mann ottala :D

  • Andy Weir on March 29, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I am a neutral in this tug of war between neighbors. However, cricket is not played on paper. I reckon Pakistan's temprament and skills are far better than India and they play special brand of cricket. When you look at the overall success rate it is in favour of Pakistan, but I dont hook on to what happened in the previous ODI's and World Cups. I hope its a cracking game of cricket, but kindly accept my commiserations to Indian supporters this time...better luck in 2015.

  • Zaheer M khan on March 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Although, it is reality that pakistan never win against india in worldcup but it will happen now you know that pakistan never win against west indies in knockout matches but lookout the last match so wait and see that how pakistan give a surprise gift to haroon logart and indain suppoters.pakistan Zindabad

  • Serosh on March 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    i wonder ppl talking abt the biasness of the article ..overlooked the ODI record of india pak.....pak is well ahead of them...the diff is not 4-0.....beware of states...

  • VK on March 29, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Good peace of work Abbasi. Yet again it would be India's show. And as per the score facts it'll be 5-0 on wednesday for India. Nice article, this will help people to understand how Pakistan Score is 5 against India's 5. Lol - It'll be 5-0 on wednesday.

  • Touseef Satti on March 29, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    No matter what the match result is we will not criticize our team.

  • Hari on March 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Cricket is a funny old game and its ridiculous making predictions on such flawed premises. Statistics clearly isnt Kamrans forte. Anything can happen on the day.

  • asif on March 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    the openers will decide the fate of mega match.lets see what will be performed by hafeez and asad.pak side first century. Abdul razak fifty will include winning stroke.

  • Noman Yousuf on March 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    To all the Indians shouting 4-0; see you at 10.30 pm on 30th March; Keep a tissue box by your side. You do remember what we did to you at the last champion's trophy, don't you? And check out what happened when Pakistan played against India at Mohali last time round. Cheers!!

  • Fahad Javed on March 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    We're going to make history Inshallah when we'll finally beat you on your home soil. We already did so in the Champions trophy and you still carry undefeated streak in t20's int'l coz you never really got a chance to face us again after the first t20 WC. Team Boom Boom is coming to beat you!!! All indians should be ready to hav nightmares of their lose after wednesday!!!

  • Rods on March 29, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    4-0 plain and simple

  • irfan khan on March 29, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    hi buddy good research keep it up , anyways i would suggest you if you give pakistan 5 and india 0 this world cup coz inshallah pakistan is going to beat india easily on 30th march ,,

  • yenjvoy on March 29, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    This is the funniest analysis ever. India and Pakistan are awarded equal points, when their head to head score in World Cups is 4-0. This is the kind of self delusion that has become the hallmark of Pakistani thinking about everything.

  • neville thakkar on March 29, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    For India to win against Pakistan, it's fast bowlers'-must bawl at least one yorker and one decent bouncer in every over. Good Luck India Nev

  • Kiani on March 29, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    point system was clearly based on the team campaigns in the world cup, so there is nothing wrong with the scoring.

    a beautiful reflection of the history of world cups Kamran. Brought a broad smile on my face. keep up the good work.

  • Hussain Ahmad Faizy on March 29, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Besides this analysis it is clear that Indian players are under pressure while Pak players are free of pressure so Insha Allah Pakistan will win this match and WC as well. Pakistanis are known for breaking older records and making new thus they wil beat India as they defeat Aussies after so many years. and a point should be noted that it is only Pakistan team who had won against Australia last time and this time. Sorry for hurting but every one has his own independence.

  • EmpiQue on March 29, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @Pervez: LOLs

  • Madan on March 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Actually a very balanced and impartial assessment. How far you get in the world cup is more important than whether you beat "the other". But the comments reflect a fan demographic that prays for the team to "screw the cup but beat India/Pak". That both teams reached two finals and won the title once itself reflects that neither has done better than the other in Cups.

  • false impression on March 29, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    @ The Twits (i.e. Singh, Ravi Desikan & mogin) Did u guys bother to read the footnote?? "When India and Pakistan progressed equally, I awarded 1 point each, except in 2007 when I didn't think either country deserved to score anything. The scores are a running total." Its ppl like you who dont try to understand an article and run your mounths off here. The jingoistic attitude of ppl on both sides is what ruins this brilliant game.

  • Adeel Rashid on March 29, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    sautrik banerjee I think you are a little confused! Pakistan did beat india in the last 20-20 world cup! :)

  • Azeem on March 29, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    lolzz....Nice comparison....Well all Indian just talk about 4 matches of the worldcup...they never talk about the TOTAL matches played between PAK n IND...lolz....NO COMPARISON i think u can say...Pak won many more matches than INDIA....get a life people...y just talk about 4 matches .....lolz...how narrow ur minds are....SEE THE GIANT TOTAL PAK 69 vs IND 46....lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • fayaz khan on March 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I think India looks a much stronger unit and home conditions and support will go a long way towards their victory ..remmber Bangalore in 1996 . Pakistan batting and bowling might appear ordianry on wed

  • Jay on March 29, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    criket is a funny game no numbers no favourite, its the particular day and ability to sustain the presure plays an important role. Lets see who will win the game of nerves. time will telllllllllllll

  • suresh on March 29, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    good analysis for pakistan, atleast they are happy with those wrong analysis. (abbasi) keep go on this happiness which always contradictary to the real one (happiness) :)

  • Akram on March 29, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Come what may ...........let CRICKET win. SACHIN - AFRIDI dats going to COUNT most

  • yasirabbas on March 29, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    great anaysis:kamran bhai:for the cricket lovers.its true that pak never beat india but no one knows whats gone be happen both teams r strong india have litlle sigt edge playing in home ground. and u all wh is saying that kamran is BLInd .dnt fight its just cricket n if u love u must not done that type of things

  • Saif zamir on March 29, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Guys... If you beleive only in history and if you are judging India vs Pakistan in terms of statistics only then please note that till now 119 ODI has been played between Pak nd Ind.....Pak has won 69 where as Ind registered 45(which is a huge difference among two nations). Moreover in overall performance point of view in all World cups, Pakistan have the upper hand over India. Pakistan have performed bad in only 2003 and 2007 WC whereas India has performed bad in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999 and 2007 WC. So.... all da best to everyone and may the best team win tomorow.

  • Krishna on March 29, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    How is it possible? We are always better than PAK in worldcup. We have reached final in one, won one, semifinals a couple of times. We have always won the match against Pak. So we should have more points than PAK.

  • RAJ on March 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    ALL THE BEST TO THE INDIAN TEAM.

  • shekhar on March 29, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    it maybe possible that india win that match which play in mohali stadium

  • krish on March 29, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    it was an interesting article... but the fact is india always have quality players than pakistan... and thats why they had beaten pakistan in all the previous world cup encounters.... even this time we are on the better side ... hope men in blue repeat the history...

  • Salman on March 29, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    All the past victories of India against Pakistan were in the group stages expect 1996 quater final and now they are facing in the semi final stage for the first time so if Pakistan defeat India on Wednesday and become champion on Saturday,all previous victories of India will become useless in front of this.

  • Qamar on March 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Pakistan will win the Wednesday match and make it 6.

    History has shown that Pakistan is best team than India. Even Pakistan has more wins over India in Tests, ODIs and T20.

  • 119-S on March 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    wat is dis???? almost all indians disliked this blog and all pakistanis liked this... cant anyone be neutral?

    i'm neutral and i liked this analysis

  • Qamar on March 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Pakistan will win the Wednesday match and make it 6.

    History has shown that Pakistan is best team than India. Even Pakistan has more wins over India in Tests, ODIs and T20.

  • uday kiran on March 29, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    sorry but the article is more or less is an hypotatical one. bocz pak did'nt performed weel on india still now.. then how can it be 5 for pka??

    is assure is 4-0 in past and it will be ind 5- pak 0.....chek de india...

    be practical man....

  • avmd on March 29, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Kamran writes interesting, fun to read stuff but I'm not always impressed with his cricketing knowledge. He categorized India and Pak as the similar teams in 70s and 80s which is far from true. Unlike India, Pakistan had almost all the players playing in county circuits and had experience of playing what ever limited over was played then. In fact, along with WI, Australia and England, Pakistan was of the team poised to do well in WC , even in those days. They had stroke players like Majid, Asif, Zaheer, Raja and fast and swing bowlers like Sarfaraz and Imran. India had no players of such quality and experience. No wonder Pakistan did well in 75, 79, India didn't

  • Shah on March 29, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    After all we should all know, Its Sports and both nation take it as sports and enjoy it first. I hope both teams gives us a special match, which can be remembered, its shame one has to lose but its a game. I think the team which can take the pressure well will win cause both sides have quality players. All the best PAKISTAN.

  • Shiny Side on March 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Guys!! Seriously! How petty and cheap can you be? It's just a way of trying to weigh up each team's performance in World Cups so far. If you guys are crying over something as tiny as this, I shudder to think how much you'll cry when your team (whether India or Pakistan) loses on Wednesday.

  • Rahul Karkhanis on March 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    no matter how you count its 4-0 to india and india is just going to better the score ...

    Sydney 1992 FAKR hain Bangalore1996 FAKR hain Old Trafford 1999 FAKR hain Centurion 2003 FAKR hain Johannesburg 2007 FAKR hain

    They have asked many questions on friday, repeated on tuesday and like always we will reply them on A WEDNESDAY..

  • Ahmad Khan on March 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Very good analysis, Pakistan has always been a very strong force, but I hope emotions don't get the best of PAKis. Javed Miandad was stupid enough to have done that to kiran more,who was a new comer. After few balls, Miandad lost his concentration & got out. Same was the case with Aamir Sohail. The game was in our hands.

    There has been so much media speculation, i just hope the newcomers don't choke under pressure.

    Having said that, as a true cricket fanatic, I thought SA & Srilanka were the strongest teams before the tournament. I think India has a large edge because our batting is terrible. If even medium pacers like zaheer & harbhajan get going, i am afraid that whether they would rip our batting. Without any biases, I think India has an edge until & unless we do a bit extra.

    & i don't shy away from realities. its 4-0 but more imp was to win world cup, not to win group matches. play shoaib, hope we had mhd yousuf, lets have a great game of cricket.

  • panneer on March 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    in this article shows pakistan beat first after that india equals to pakistan. but Tomorrow match India first beat pakistan.

  • Kamran on March 29, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    I think you need to explain the points system, as many Indian fans are angry but i feel they don't understand the scoring pattern. Good article by the way.

    P.S. this is a different Kamran, not the author.

  • Bond Man on March 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Check this overall history of matches. Pak rulezzzzzzzz

    Test ODI T20 Matches played 59 119 2[8] Won by Pakistan 12 69 0 Won by India 9 46 1 Draw/Tie/No result 38 4 1

  • bone breaker on March 29, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan will change the history on 30/3/2011.

  • m.asif on March 29, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    i like your intresting article,insha allah pak will win this time unbeating india,as austrilla,

  • Rupesh on March 29, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    gud bt nt a healthy recap, bt even if india wasnt aware with that how to play in 1 de cricket india won world cup in 1983. and this year they will repeat same thing. jor ka jhatka direse.......!!!!!!!!

  • AK on March 29, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Totally agree with all Indian fans that the only statistic that matters is 4-0with the exception of the following: 2011 WC…. Pakistan--Won(1), India Zero(0)

  • Luqman on March 29, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    Good analysis. India have won 2 world cups (50 overs & T20) and Pakistan have won 2 world cups too so equal points for each of them. But India is still 4-0 up in World cups against Pakistan.

  • Mahidhar on March 29, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Awesome analysis and article Abbasi.. Great job.. Do i need to say that it will be India 6 - 5 Pakistan after wednesday :-)

  • Abid-ur-Rehman on March 29, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Its true that pakistan has been failed to beat India in world cup matches, but every day is new day, you never know. Mohali ground is good for Pakistan, Played two matched and won two so 100% ratio in mohali.

  • Haris on March 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Nice Article! Although its true that Pakistan has never Won Against India in Any form of World cup (Both 50 and 20 Overs) but all the losing streaks will end eventually. I just hope this streak will end in India tomorrow. All the best to both teams. Hope we will see a cracker.

  • Sundar on March 29, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    I didnt understand the analysis, this story not clear. Is it talking about India-pak match? or Is it talking about who will win worldcup? then why u are missing srilanka. Because srilanka has very good performance recent world cup and years...

  • Saliha on March 29, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    ... and the lil slim lady stands up for Tomorrow's Match!! PAKISTAN U'L DO IT THIS TIME My BOYS! < BOOM BOOM > B)

  • zeeshan on March 29, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    pak and india playing odi for past 33 years i think and the score is 69 to 46 in favour of pak,and there is a big gap for india to fill and i think it will take antother 30 years to fill the gap if india wins all the matches which is impossible,as far as wc is concerned aus lost to pak after 34 wins and sicnce 1999,indian batting is fragile in this wc,against south africa ,england and even the weakest bowling side of wesindies they were bowled out,this is the best bwoling side of pak after a long time,so no chance for india tomm.

  • Bil alam on March 29, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Nice Article Abbasi...Pakistani is surely gonna win this semi final because they have a much better fighting team...go team Pakistan

  • Furqan Hussain on March 29, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Good effort, however records a meant to be broken. No matter who scored what in previous world cups, it is the day that decides. India has phenomenal batting line up, Pakistan has variety in bowling with form in hand. Not to forget Pakistan is the most un-predictable team in the world can out class any opponent on his day or other wise. lets hope for a thrilling finish to this game.

  • MoFlurry on March 29, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    @ singh have a look at the article above, Mr.Abbasi has awarded India for their poor 2003 world cup final performance so dont whine abt it. And surely Pakistan would overcome the Indians in Mohali as our bowling is much better. Pakistan does have unpredictable batting record against Fast bowling but unfortunately the indians dont have any decent pace bowlers! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Jaideep on March 29, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I am amazed at the kind of comments regarding the scoring system ! Please read Kamran's last line. Is it not clearly stted how he has gone about the process ? 1 point to the better performing team in that WC. Simple ! Perhaps the only reason people are confused is because he has adopted a running score system rather than isolated scoring for each tourney. Still no reason to yap. Whether you agree with the method or not is a different issue, but with the adopted method, its simple and absolutely correct. The discussion on partiality favouritism etc doesnt even arise.

  • Shabbir Ahmed Khan on March 29, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    sorry to intrupt all of you, just ask to know about the recoerds on Mohali ground between the said teeams.

  • Alti Amin on March 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and as much as I would like for Pakistan to win I still feel that the analysis is biased and India has gotten the better of Pakistan in the WC matches. So the top hand goes to India. In this encounter India has better bowling and Pakistan, Batting. Only a matter of who shows up with all cylinders firing that day. I just like the fact that Australia was beaten well by both teams and they can go home and put some heat on those behinds.

  • Sreenivasan on March 29, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    No need of detailed studies against the minnows and giants for sure pakistan will be out of WC tomorrow JAI JAI INDIA

  • ST on March 29, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Hello Mr Abbasi, When India won the world cup points are equal for both teams,when Pak won the world cup pak got more points after losing to India in the leage match,in 2003 india reached final points are equal again pak lost to india,in 1999 when pak reached final got more points again lost to india in the league stage. in 1996 india reached semis, another loss to pak in quarter final. Over all pakistan never won the match in the world cups.So the score is 4-0. what a joke giving 5-5 pls dont write this type of columns.

  • Saleem on March 29, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    good one excpet for scoring system complications, which most indians are not understanding, they should read the whole article, especially the postscript before jumping to conclusions.

  • Numan on March 29, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I guess a lot of my Indian friends have failed to understand your scoring system. I want to clarify it to them that it is cumulative. e.g. In 99 one point was awarded to Pakistan for making it to Finals so they ended with total of 5 (Starting from 1975) and then India Got their fifth point for reaching the finals in 2003. Secondly it is not their HEAD-2-HEAD comparison, in which India for sure has 4-0 advantage, it is rather their accomplishment overall. But if Indian readers are angry because of their anticipated lose on Wednesday, that is another case...

  • srikanth on March 29, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    nice collection nice to recall those moments............. India will surely win again and make it 6

  • Nitin G K on March 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Well written post! Hopefully this game goes so well that the point goes to the subcontinent!

  • Nitin Gopinathan on March 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    To everyone crying about the scores :

    Learn to read. There is a footnote saying these are running scores. Points have been awarded to whichever team fared better in that particular world cup. If there is anything wrong about the article, it's the title - it can tend towards being misleading. Otherwise, great work!

  • rizwan on March 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    wait n watch...who r real tigers n who r paper tigers...

  • AUK on March 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I think Kamran Abbasi was talking about the overall performances of both Pakistan and India in world cups and not just Pak-India matches. So points were awarded to the team which fared better in a particular world cup. It's really that simple. P.S. The points are cumulative which means pakistan and india have had pretty much the same amount of progress in world cups relatively.

  • Max Menon on March 29, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Guys wait, watch and have fun at Mohali. Keep in mind what New Zeeland did to South Africa

  • Qaiser on March 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    It will be a cracker, for sure. Hope is best team will win. Its a pressure game and talent wont count much, element which matters alot is nerve contol.

    PaKistan can do better but it will be a historic game.

    Qaiser

  • Engr. Umer Jamil on March 29, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    @Ravi Desikan: You are right, Pakistan will be shown a Door on Wednesday. And that Door my Foe will open on the Road to world Cup 2011 Finals..... Good day

  • Saddique on March 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Abbasi Sahib, historical data does teach us a lot, India do have the history behind them but how says history cannot be changed. I feel Indian big guns like Pakistani big guns do not perform well on large stage this is the reason I do not like Tendulkar, Shoaib or Sehwag. All I want Pakistani player to do is play their average game and get their average score which should give us around 280, a good score to defend.

  • Sajjad Asif on March 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    India is a very strong batting side but can be demlosished by Pakistani bowlers

  • Waqar Ahmad on March 29, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    @MOGIN n OTHERS who misunderstood the article: Kindly read the article again...Pakistan are standing on 2 points since the 1979 WC, while India had 1 point. After the 1983 WC, India score a point and get a total of 2 while Pakistan remain on 2 points. Similarly, India and Pakistan stand on 4 and 5 points respectively after the 1999 WC. And on reaching the final of the 2003 WC, India are awarded a point to get a total of 5 points and Pakistan get no point out of this WC and remain on 5 points. So read anything carefully and get the logic behind it before calling a shot!!!

  • Farhan Ahmed Khan on March 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    the history is meant to be changed, records are meant to be broken.. and its not too far, just wait for 24 hours and you will see how GREENS will be on top.. i really admire INDIAN batting but there bowling is worse than PAKISTAN's batting.. so PAKISTAN has an edge.. both countries can be sloppy in the fielding, catching and running bw the wickets.. the team who will hold its nerves will surely have an edge..

  • Naeem Sheikh on March 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Hi Cricket Lovers, Cool down the sentiments. I am sure there is much "common heritage" which combines the two nations than the differences. I hope a very nice and enjoying contest. Surely the sentiments will boil, the tears will flow on one or the other side and there will be only one winner. I have witnessed the Ind-Pak contests in die 80s. I prayed for the Pak-Win, but I too enjoyed each run Gavasker scored. I have travelled a distance to Lahore to watch him in his 100th Test, praying for his century. It was only 48 (unfortunately). Today I like Tenduklar, a robin copy of Sunil. I wish him 100 of 100s, but also pray for Pak-Win. So guys where is the problem? Take it easy, enjoy it and naturally fight for your team and don't forget, it is only one of many aspects of our life. With Love!!!

  • Aali Khan on March 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    some silly comments out there. c'mon guys... abbassi is not comparing performance of both countries against each other, rather he is jugging team's performance in whole competition. let me put india pakistan record like this

    Pak won 1 time Runner up 1 time made to semifinal 5 times

    india won 1 time runner up 1 time made to semi final 4 or 5? (not sure)

    now you may rank each team

  • Farid on March 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I dont think many of the commentors here get the scoring, please read the last para. The score is cumulative, a running total. Kamran, u should explain the scoring mechanism at the start. I thought it was quite convenient that we ended with a 5-5 score on the eve of the semi clash, but good job setting it up nicely.

  • Harish on March 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    The points should have been India 6 and Pakistan 4. And to make it 7-4, India are raring and ready to pounce on the Pakistanis...

    GO INDIA GO!!!

  • Aqeel Baig on March 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    well done Kamran this is really a good article. But you have awarded bot the coutries equal points despite the fact that Pakistan is playing in 6th world cup semi final while India is in its only the 5th. Hence cummutatively Pakistan has performed better than India.

  • Nadir on March 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Well wouldn't shovel with the stats who won most of times overall or in world cups alone! Abbassi wrote how he cumulates scores. But over all the rivalry if any boils down to this single WC match. Imran says the team who handles pressure better will win and after managing pressure I add the team who will play spin better will win!

  • nauman malik on March 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    i think pakistan has the best bowling side and india has the best batting side. if pakistan top order batsman performed and in the middle omer akmal and misbah performed then Insha Allah pakistan will won the match. Afridi and Umar gul all the pakistan watching u and ur performance pls do something for pakistan.

    INSHA ALLAH PAKISTAN NOT ONLY WON THE MATCH PAKISTAN ALSO BEAT THE NEW ZEALAND IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL.

  • Khizar Hayat on March 29, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    PAKISTAN will revise the history as they did in 1992 INSHALLAH

  • Shazz on March 29, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    pakistan Surly win 30th match .. there is no doubt abt that

  • Bilal on March 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Oh Cmon People the article is not about Pakistan vs India in WC. All of us know that we have never beaten india in WC but the article is about the progress of both the countries in World Cups. Try to grasp that idea............ The team which has progressed more gets the points........ Simple!!

  • shivam pandey on March 29, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    very good match

  • khurram on March 29, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    Dear fellows Kamran abbassi was talking about semi final played by both india and pakistan. he is not talking about inda vs pakistan. its how many times both reached semis.

  • Fawad on March 29, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    It's very funny to know that great Gawaskar scored 36 not out of 174 balls. I guess towards the end of his career, he was able to score a century in ODIs too. So that's his ODI performance. And these days top expert on every channel. I think Sachin will soon replace him in commentary boxes, being the top most expert of ODIs. Bye Bye Gawaskar, Welcome Sachin.

  • lokesh on March 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    it looks like the points are given in cumulative manner.. Nice look back..

  • siddu on March 29, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    i am sorry to tell in my opinion pakistan are getting a little more points then they deserve well that includes india taking in some points. any way it was a good blog.

  • Asaad Amir on March 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Well said Abbasi Shab and if history is to be looked then we need to Analyze the overall records, whereby PAKSTAN has a much better track record against its opponent.

  • javed akhtar on March 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    I know India have beaten Pakistan 4 times in the world cup, but actually Pakistan is the more succesful side in the world cup. You are probably wondering how? Pakistan have won the world cup once, were finalists once and reached the semi finals 4 times whereas India have one the world cup once were finalists once and reached the semis only twice!

  • Tariq H J on March 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    i am optimist this match will bring both nations closer will cause weared off issues & increasing happiness, be positive any team wins

  • sub on March 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    abbasi whats in predicting 50-50 any child can do so

  • Fawad on March 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    The Indian Fans appear too emotional to lose the fact, gist and rationale of scoring, already provided in the article itself. This is cricket, the gentleman's game, not bull fighting. With lots of best wishes for the game of cricket.

  • Tariq Naqati on March 29, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Hey guys chill, it is after all a game of cricket there is no need to be personal. I firmly believe that both the teams are capable enough what matters at the end of the day is which team will hold the nerve & take the pressure. One thing is for sure that we all will witness a fantastic game of cricket. I feel pressure is mounting on both the sides & at times it is really difficult to perform under pressure. As a sports person let us wish all the best to both the teams.

  • razee on March 29, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Those complaining about the scores, clearly have not understood the scores. The scores are cumulative. So, for 1983 and 2003 India are awarded 1 point while pakistan are awarded 0 point. Check the scores please before making biased and prejudiced comments.

  • Manny D. on March 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    It's Bull... I think he's just trying to boost his confidence on pak team. I don't think they have the batting line-up to score big and I think they just got lucky under Group A. Well Abbasi will be adding 1 point each for the next world cup even if India wins this world cup just to satisfy his ego I think.

  • Mahesh Kumar on March 29, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Our main focus should be this world cup. Every body knew that Pakistan never defeated India in worldcup and it is now the word from past. A plus point to Pakistan as it is an extremely unpredictable team and Indian team needs to work very hard to defeat them. All other teams are very easy to defeat but an unpredictable team like Pakistan is a dangerous team to cop with. The odds are in favor of Pakistan now. Be careful India!

  • Hayysum on March 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    On the day who ever performed well , that will be the winner which is not too far. If you people are comparing then India is good team on paper. I think we should wish them the best of luck despite fighting each other

  • Fahim on March 29, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    From the comments from most of the Indians, it is clear that no one is reading the story properly, instead booking in the junk that they have on their mind(One should not forget the Pak is the first Asian team reaching semi final, so in that context Pak should get some bonus points). Good comments by some of the Indians, and nicely compiled Mr. Abhasi

  • Faran on March 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    The Scores are a running total guys!

  • Faran on March 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    The Scores are a running total guys!

  • Anand on March 29, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    What is so confusing about the scoring applied here? Seems to be a fair analysis. Also someone commented that Pakistan has never beaten india in a Wcup match- 50 over or 20 over. If i remember right, thats not true. Pak did beat india in 2009 T20 world cup, right? However, I do hope for a India 6 - Pak 5 scorecard. Looking forward to a cracker!!!

  • Anil Kumar on March 29, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Walle Walle Kamran Abbassi Saheb. I do not want to judge you on your accounting systeim. But, I do agree with your assessment on kind of equality of the two teams' claims. Pakistan has superbly bowling machine orchestrated by their captain Afridi. India has a batting juggernaut that is top heavy but with wobbly middle order and non-existent tail. India does not have penetrating bowling except for Zaheer's solo efforts. Harbhajan Singh has forgotten his game and Ashwin is still learning the ropes. Dhoni does not seem to be exercising his intellectual resources. Pakistan can melt like ice-cream under pressure. All said and done, determination, skill, patience and luck will settle this game on the game day. No one knows at this time what the result would be.

  • Haroon Shahid on March 29, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Dear friends from India. Keep on counting the 4-0 but remember each time India-Pakistan play its a final, be it the first game of a tournament or any series. Hence lets count it overall then Pakistan 69- India 46 !!!!!! oh you guys can keep the 4 no results as grace points ! Good luck and try to look at things in the overall scenario! As for the 30th Pakistan will make it 70-46 or for third graders in India who can only count in single figures it'll be 1-4 ! Thank you .

  • Noman on March 29, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    i accept India is better side than Pakistan!!!but if pakistan click they will Ruin india Inshallah

  • SYED MOIZ PEER on March 29, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    EVENTHOUGH,INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN 4 WORLD CUP MATCHES STATS ALSO FAVOURING INDIA, BUT ONE THING DONT FORGET WHENEVER INDIA PLAY SEMIFINAL IN INDIA INDIA NEVER WON , AND ALSO AT MOHALI INDIA V/S PALKISTAN , INDIA NEVER WON AGNST PAKISTAN IN MOHALI

    BE CARE FULL OF ABOVE MATTER

    BEST OF LUCK TO INDIAN TEAM

  • Manish on March 29, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    I guess it is 4-0 until now :) And post Mohali it will be 5-0

  • Hemanth on March 29, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    His Analysis clearly says that... Pakistan never won against India in World cup encounter... that will repeat this time too...

  • Fazi on March 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Well Said Kamran,

    He guys be cricket lover, try not be party. it is a game and gonna be big entertainment, hope both work hard to win. Media from both country trying to create political atmosphere. But Once again as i said be the cricket lover, Cheeeeeeer

  • Asrar on March 29, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    A very good analysis, And those guys who wants to be happy abt thinking its 4-0 in worldcup then goodluck to them, as it counts for nothing in a worldcup, what counts in a worldcup analysis is an overall performance of the worldcups and thats exactly what abbasi has awarded points for.This is pakistans 4th semifinal of worldcups and they have reached quarterfinals once and played a Final once and Won a final once. India on the other hand is playing its 3rd semifinal, and played one final and Won one final.This time there is no doubt India is the favourite to win the head to head encounter as they are a superior side on paper.But we all know how little it counts.

  • Nadeem Saif on March 29, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Btw here are the overall results between Pakistan and India:

    For ODIs: Total matches played: 119 Won by Pakistan: 69 Won by India: 46 Tie/no results:4

    For Test matches: Total played: 59 Won by Pakistan: 12 Won by India:9 Drawn:38

    Paksitan has a clear edge in matches played in India, Pakistan and neutral spots. So a score of 5/5 given by Mr. Abbasi is quite objective and to some extent a bit generous.

  • ranjit on March 29, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    india wil rock sehwag turns this match

  • Ghufran on March 29, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Forget about WC records. They are all being broken in this one. So Pak record of not winning vs India in WC will also be broken InshaAllah. See the Pak record against India overall. Pak way ahead. See the record at Mohali. Pak won chasing over 300 and never lost at Mohali. Indian loss in Semi will mean they will go down for a decade against Pak as they did after Jawed Miandad's six in Sharjah. Inzi once said when going on Indian tour "aap ko to pataa he hay ham India ka kya hashar kartay hain" Well said Inzi.

  • Khurram on March 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Its fair comparison I guess. Alright, India has won all the 4 games vs Pakistan in the WC tournaments but Pakistan has always beaten India at Mohali. One of these sequences will end tomorrow. I as a cricket fan expect a nail bitter with best team winning the match. I also think that winner of this semi final would be eventual world cup winner.

  • Rameez Khan on March 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Don't loom in the past because in this case the history of world cups won't ever be repeated .. The team that performs the best should be crowned winners .. What sweeter if it turns out to be *Pakistan* .. InshAllah!

    By the way even the overall records count .. And as it stands Pakistan - 69, India - 46. So, Pakistan is way better and superior. May Pakistan win it's 70th match against India and in process shatter India's dream of a world cup final.

    And just for the stats the ground stands as Pakistan's favorite because they have chased down the ground's highest total of 322 with utmost ease ;).

  • Jiji Jacob on March 29, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Hey..Why India and Pakistan have 5 each in 2003 Worldcup in which India were the finalists!Weird!

  • S M Khurram Quaseem on March 29, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I think most people have misunderstood the point calculation system here. Starting from 1975, when both team got 1 points, Kamran Abbasi is displaying total point score at the end of each WorldCup. For example for 1983 and 2003 India got 1 point on both occasion increasing the total score by 1. I hope that people will get it now. :)

  • Rajesh on March 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Would like to briefly explain the points abbasi has given to both the teams ...........INDIA........PAKISTHAN........ 1975.....1.........1 1979.....0.........1 1983.....1.........0 1987.....1.........1 1992.....0.........1 1996.....1.........0 1999.....0.........1 2003.....1.........0 2007.....0.........0 Total....5.........5

  • Ismail on March 29, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Alright guys, relax, I am an Indian as well here. Want India to win and present a gift to sachin. But, all stories cut short, Still love the game of cricket. So, it should be a cracker and let the best performance win. Dont fight in the name of countries. Enjoy the game. Good luck all.

  • IndianBoy on March 29, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    Guys, the scores are a bit confusing, but all right. They are "incremental" scores. For example, in 1983/2003, India and Pak have not been awarded same points, but India got 1 and Pak 0, so India "caught" up in the totals.... In that way, a fair article I would say.

  • Sohaib on March 29, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    those who are against this article should read it thoroughly. "" Pakistan had now reached two World Cup finals and three semi-finals without ever beating India. India 5 Pakistan 5 "" these points are not the rankings.these are the number of times both team played either semis or finals. Including this world cup.the points for both the teams are India 6 Pakistan 6

  • Nadeem Saif on March 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Before this world cup Paksitan has reached Semi Final or beyond 5 times out of which 2 were finals. India has reached the same stage only 4 times with 2 finals. This is another way of looking at it. If you talk about one to one matches, then it would be better to compare the overall stats as to which nation has won more matches over the last 60 years. In any case that all will be irrelevant on Wednesday.

  • Ijaz on March 29, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Very well said Mr. Kamran, but i guess there is one thing we are missing here by looking at previous records that Pakistan has never benn beaten by India at Mohali, So HIP HIP HURRAY for India. Go PAKISTAN Go

  • Asad Ullah on March 29, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Believe me, Pakistan will win the match and it looks like a one sided affair. India will miserably fail to score a big total. Just because of the huge pressure on them. Indian team has a record to perform bad under pressure. There are big names as far as records are concerned but it will be a total different match and strong nerves will win let any team win the semifinal. It is the time for Shahid afridi to finally play his inning. Let's see what happens on Wednesday.

  • Zubair on March 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    a good article ... just to remind, the India-Pak head-to-head result in world cups is clearly 4-0 in favor of India, however, this article is not about H2H comparison. It is a individual/separate year-to-date comparison of both teams in the world cup tournaments so far. I agree with the point allocation. And for Wednesday's match, the best team will win but till now, the biggest winner due to India-Pak semifinal match is the game of cricket.

  • thequeensaver on March 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    A fine article, good job Abbasi. Upcoming match will be a real battle between bowling and batting. A typical Pak. Ind. match. Ind. has always dominated as far as the batting is concerned, Pak. has the best bowlers, as always. I would say, Pak will win this match.

  • Aakif on March 29, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    No matter what happens now or then

    BUT

    it is for "SURE" that 2011 World Cup trophy belongs to PAKISTAN

    INSHALLAH!!!

  • a pakistani on March 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    @Singh: India had 4 after 99, and 5 after 2003. I interpret that to mean India got a point for 2003. @AS: He isn't talking about head-to-head. Why only worldcup head-to-head? Because it suits India? Because overall head-to-head is still in Pakistan's favour? Lovely.

  • a pakistani on March 29, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    @mogin: Its cumulative. Pakistan didn't get any point in `1983 and 2003. @sautrik banerjee: These points have been awarded based on overall performance. @Aparajithan/Arun: You need to think beyond a narrow perspective. The worldcup record is about the overall performance. This is not a head-to-head for heavens sake. @Yogendra: Well atleast he has proven you wrong on one account. @Raghuram: Nice to see someone here hasn't misconstrued this article as a piece of Pakistani propaganda. @Rahul: Please elaborate how. @holymacro: "Scoring based on how well either of the teams did during their world cup campaigns irrespective of how well they did against each other appear irrelevant". Why is it irrelevant? Pakistan played two finals and lost one. Same applies to India. Pakistan played the semis in 79,83,87, 92 and 99. Merely losing to India in these tournaments makes us a worse worldcup team in your opinion. Interesting logic.

  • Nasir on March 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Relax Indian and Pakistani mates.

    Forget the win/loose in this match.In the end only one can be winner.

    Concentrate only on the type of competition we are going to have.

    Just fabulous..................

    It will be i think biggest match of cricket in my life....Enjoy these moments..........

  • Waseem on March 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Don't argue more n more just be informed Inshallah India win this 2011 WC no one can stop The Indian Rally,

  • Faraz on March 29, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I am not sure how people are reading it. As per my reading the score will be Pakistan 6 and India 6 as both team has already performed well in the Worldcup.

    Despite of history of 4,0 in the WC favouring India, Every match is a new match so people who beleives in history should do something else instead of watching the Semifinal and why their is a 'KHOOF' of lossing this.

  • Shreesh on March 29, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Looks like, Abbasi has tried to shoa match between the two teams by awarding equal points. Not at all convincing.

  • Rehan Ahmad Qureshi on March 29, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Analyzing the mentioned historical scores since 1975 WC, it is evident that India has never been able to take the lead in terms of these point. Hopefully, the trend continues.

  • goinguns on March 29, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    @Pervez.. so you are saying India didn't even know how to play one day cricket until 1983... so i guess they are much faster learners of the game... since it took them like 12 years to win a world cup ... and it took Pak how many? well for that answer, we need to know when Pak didn't know how to play 1-day.. maybe 1960? u think? hmmm that makes is 32 years, right?

  • goinguns on March 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    weak, as someone else said.. it is 4-0... when two teams are meeting head to head, its the 4-0 that matters.. why do you feel like you need to make them equals when they are not... they just are not.. as simple as that

  • M & M on March 29, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    The guys on this blog always seem to be charged-up. Be it Indians, Pakistanis or the IPL Beneficiaries.

    Ease up gentlemen, be for the sport and “be a sport”.

  • NADEEM HASHMI on March 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    An acceptable analysis.... Pakistan will set the history and will win semifinal....

  • Purush on March 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    This is not old time Indian Cricket Team. INDIA WILL THRASH PAKISTAN.

  • Little Master on March 29, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Great Article Mr. Abbasi

    Lets see who gains the 6th point on Wednesday. Indian team have consistent performers but the Pakistani team have 5 match winners. Very Interesting !!

  • mansoor on March 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    heloo b4 writing down the WC stats also see the matches played at mohali....india has been outclassed by pakistan.....wednesday evenin will prove to be a mourning night for indians....INSHALLAH

  • Nagri on March 29, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Well, I don't know why Pakistan put us down on every world cup encounter with India.Hope this time Pakistan will not let us down and bring CUP to our home and turn our dreams to reality because in current crucial time, our nation needs such miracles. GO PAKISTAN GO , our best wishes are with you.

  • sid d on March 29, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    @Pervez In the last 2 World Cups Pakistan forgot how to play 1-day cricket..

  • Vishwa on March 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    The Pak batting lineup can't chase even 250 runs against a good spin attack! Stop dreaming about ur win, and accept the reality...

  • Haneef Bhat on March 29, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    U All guys are great, the match will be a cracker and your comments make it hot. Whoever wins will make it memorable :)

  • subhash on March 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    how come you all say pakistan is more superior then india in world cup.. dont worry it will b clear in 30th march in semi final. jai hind....

  • Holmes on March 29, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    I think most people misunderstood that its a cumulative rank. Indian got their 1 point added for 2003 just like Pak got for 1999.

    If Pak goes to semi final but loses to India in Prelim round of course Pak gets the point because they did better in the tournament.

    I think if you just count head to head, its misleading. I think pak has been to more semis (6).

    I think the ranking is spot on. Pak has won the WC 9 yrs more recently too.

    I dont know people get so upset about these things. Just read it and move on.

  • Pardeep on March 29, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi don't make issues before the big semi final. just pray to your god that your team wins. that is all what you can do.

  • Aku on March 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Bottom line: Pakistan has always been a better team than India inside or outside world cup (2003 was an exception), simple proof is the number of times being in the top4. Pakistan has even a better record when it comes to beating India at home, not to mention the overall history of cricket between to the two nations. It is amusing how some of my Indian friends chose to forget that ;)

  • Salman on March 29, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Whatever the history is! India no doubt in a very strong position in this world cup. Infact this is the 1st time that India is in a strong position as compared to pakistan. I must say India used to do upset in the world cups against pakistan. Lets see if pakistan does it this time.

  • readfirst on March 29, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Read Footnote first before posting.

    Posted by: mogin and for 1983 and 2003, pakistan and india have been awarded the same points - NO. 1983 INDIA got 1 and 2003 Pakistan got none.

    Posted by: Singh one point for pakistan in 1999, but no points for India in 2003 NO. 1 point for Pakistan (1999) and 1 point for India (2003).

  • faraz on March 29, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Personaly I think on Paper as for as batting is concened india have slight advantage but in real sense the did,t hav because Pakistanese squad includes natural players like Shohaib,Afridi,Razaq and Misbah who can turned the battle in any critical and tuff time.personaly I think Pakistanese have records against India like Afridies fatest century and Shohaib bowld out Sachin and Rahole(wall of India).In my partial perceptions it will be tuff to tow to beat Pakistan.Pesonaly I think India have 20% chances.

  • XYZ on March 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Looks like some folks commenting here didnt get the scoring scheme. For benefit of the commentators, the scoring scheme is cumulative. Interesting though this may be, all of this will count for little on the day of the game. India leads Pakistan 4-0 in terms of head to head World Cup games, but trails 40%-60% over all games. Last 4 years show the score at 6-5 India, with only 2 out of those 11 taking place in last couple of years (1-1 in these 2 games). Looks like an even keel to me. Except that we have been witnessing an upset at each stage of the tournament. With NZ highly unlikely to upset SL, Pakistan defeating India would be the upset, given India's pre-tournament favorites tag. I wish it goes the other way, but well, may the best team win, and lets hope for some champagne cricket.

  • Ahmad Ashraf on March 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    very good Article ... heheh the only thing funny are the comments made by indian readers ...guys go see stats and then talk. Pakistan has UPER HAND in all the form of the game test / odi /t20. Get life all of you ...the way to go Kamran , Well iNDIAns Always cry they dont know anything other than it. Wednessday will be blessed By Allah TO Pakistan

  • Ray on March 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Nice article. People who are criticizing should read the footnote please. That will clarify their misunderstandngs. India have a clear edge over Pakistan in WC's, 4-0 Pakistan have an edge over India in ODI's, 65-46 (I believe its close to this number - please correct me if the numbers are incorrect). Pakistan has never fielded a weaker team than this one (on paper), although I must say the 2003 team was weaker with the likes of Wasim, Waqar,well over the hill and only trying to outdo each other than play for Pak. Anyway one looks at stats, one should always look at the overall record first.

  • Ezad on March 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi your point calculation can be justified only if you have calculated on the basis of WC Performance. (Pakistan has slighty better performance, reached (semi finals & final more) In terms of WC matches against each other, performance of Pakistan is not good (Result is 4-0). In terms of overall ODI or test history, Pakistan has won lot more matches than India (India 1978-2010, Played 119 Won 46 Lost 69/Pakistan 1978-2010 Played 119 Won 69 Lost 46). In Test (India 1952-2007 Played 59 Won 9 Lost 12/Pakistan 1952-2007 Played 59 Won 12 Lost 9)

  • Harsh Thakor on March 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    In the first 2 editions Pakistan were simply in another league from India and on their day may have even captured the cup in 1975 and 1979 if you asses their games against the then kings,the West Indies.

    In 1983 India turned the tables to score cricket's greatest upset ever and outplayed Pakistan,while in 1987 they performed on par.Pakistan won the title after a houdini act in 1992 while in 1996 India desevedly beat their old foe.In 1999 Pakistan reached the final with India not making it to semis while in 2003 it was the exact reversal In 2007 both sides crashed out early.

    Overall I would give Pakistan the slight edge considering the 75 and 79 versions.From 1983 the penduluam has continuously swung either way and I would rate them on par.India's great batting depth and all-rounders matched up to Pakistan's great bowling strength.In overall team talent at their best Pakistan was superior like under Imran Khan.

  • mokam on March 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    WHOEVER LOOSES ON WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY, I'M STILL A WINNER, KUZ S/L, PAK, AND INDIA, ARE MY FAVOURITE TEAMS.LUV TO WATCH MURALI, MALINGA, AND SANGA. SACHIN ,VIRU, ZAK AND BHAJIBHAI. SHOAIB, RAZACK, AFRIDI ,AND UMAR.G. GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND THE BEST TEAM WILL WIN.

  • Manoj N on March 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    This is the worst analysis i have ever seen. Dont have to read much- just look at 1996 and 2003 and the analysis is faltered on its head. India knocks Pak in quarter final and advances to Semi Final in 1996 and India played Finals in 2003 and guess what, bith team scores the same????

  • Mariia on March 29, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    whatever the stats are indians will never be able to admit that pakistans performance is better than theirs

    PAKSITAN WILL BRING THE WORLD CUP HOME INSHALLAH so u indians can go find some other statistics to bring up

  • Frank on March 29, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    @Mogin: The author said its a running total. Read properly.

  • Asim Maqbool on March 29, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Good to read old memories. Here is what I think Indian Team is all about.

    In fact, I don't understand why Indian team and their followers live in a dream world of considering themselves as top team...

    They are simply used to play on docile pitches... for decades and relied heavily on the spin of Bedi, Chandra, Parasanna and Venkat etc. and then expected to bail team them out of trouble and win odd matches. Later, thanks partially to Kapil Dev who only knew how to hit every ball out of the ground whether he can succeed or not? His first batting effort at Faisalabad 1978 is still in my memories when at that time he even did not know how to hold the bat.

    1983 world cup was just a fluke of two matches and then West Indian team's irresponsible batting in Final showed Indian cricket team how to play ODI's otherwise who can forget Sunil Gavasker's marathon of 36 runs in 60 complete overs in first world cup of 1975... a real shame to the limited over’s of cricket. In a population of more than one billion if they cannot produce a fellow who can consistently bowl above 140 k, forget about living in dreams.

  • Arif ali on March 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    History will change this year just wait till Wednesday

  • pkcricket on March 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    mohali Stats: Pakistan has played two matches in Mohali against India and won both of them. Shoaib Akhtar played a major role in both the wins taking 2/18 in 1999 and 3/42 in 2007

    Overall in India: Pakistan has played 26 matches against India in India from the period of 1983-2007. Pakistan won 17 and lost 9.

  • Muhammad Bilal Naseem on March 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    A nice informative article.. The match coming tommorow will be the most interesting match in history of worldcups.. MAy the better team wins but i am with Pakistan.

  • Usman on March 29, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Well.. to all the indian fans, read the article completely. The guy has alloted points based of the overall performance of the two teams. You all know that Australia had a 34 match streak that clearly had them as fav yet again, but guess what!! you cant expect the same result each time. How about the overall head-to-head contests between Pakistan and India then? Way to go Pakistan.. This is Batsmen Vs Bowlers, Inshallah the bowler will do the trick. Lets make it to the second WC title boys in green!

  • sikandar on March 29, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    guys pakistan and india have already made it six each at this stage of the competition. but unfortunately for india it will be pakistan 8 and india 6 at the end of the competition with paksitan winners (a harsh reality then). haha

  • trverma on March 29, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    india can beat pak if they play with only 6 player. india dont deserve to beat pak with all 11 player. yes, it is required only six player

  • Muks on March 29, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    Nice article .Sums up how we neighbours have been doing at the world cup . This world cup both teams have been playing decent cricket .With India peaking at the correct time. Heart says India would win .Mind says it is going to be close match if both teams play to their potential

  • Rachit on March 29, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    A really good article, I'm an Indian but unlike others I would agree with the writer here. The writer here is emphasizing on the performance of both teams in various editions of the World CUP and not discussing their head-to-head rivalry.

    And, if my fellow Indians want to consider the Head-to-head clash then why just consider only the World Cup (4-0), why not consider all the ODIs ever played between the two sides, which gives an altogether different picture.

    Pakistan 69 India 46

    I don't want to sound unpatriotic here, but I would just like to appreciate a very well written article and also put out some facts for my fellow Indians, making this encounter all the more interesting and urge Team India to not just count on their performances in the WC and treat Pakistan as a worthy opponent.

    But of course If you ask me, my prediction of the encounter on 30th March, 2011. It has to be INDIA........

    Hoooohaaaa Indiaaaa, Aaaya Indiaaaaa!

  • salllman on March 29, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    loll @ people who aren't able to get the scoring system right..low IQ..not your fault

  • trverma on March 29, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    as 4 as current WC india dont need any comparison with pak. i wud say Ireland could have been better competitor than pak for india in semis. nothing to hide 4 pak batsmans as everyone is doing nothing and as 4 as bowling is concerned it has not been too long NZ have scored 94 runs in just 25 balls(i have never seen such kind of bowling from any team since last 20 years following up cricket).

  • Niranjan on March 29, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    The points do no make sense in 1996 world cup

  • Shariq Khan on March 29, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    Not a bad effort of distributing equal points to both nations and it is clear to notice that India have gained serious edge over Pakistan in the world cup but one must look into the over all one day record in which Pakistan appears on top. Nevertheless it is easy to understand that there will be huge pressure on India as favorites to win the world cup and for Pakistan they have already achieved their goal in qualifying for the semis. This could give them the same feeling when they played against Australia without any pressure of not qualifying for the quarter finals! For India they will rely on their batting and for Pakistan they can not rely on their playing eleven for them to win they will be needing a lot prayers!!!

  • talal on March 29, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    one-day cricket is not just world cups .. chek your country's(india) overall record against pakistan and then comment . pak have won far more games against india. i dont know y u ppl just remember 4 games and forget the commulative defeats india suffered by the hands of pakistan . think about it i mean no offense though just wanted to show the true picture

  • AMK on March 29, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    The hard facts:

    Total 119 Matches - India won 46; Pakistan won 69 won; No result 4 India and Pakistan have played 2 matches at mohali - pak won 2; india 0 CWC matches - India won all 4 thus far

    All the histroy might yet be irrelevant but I still hope Tendulkar gets a hundred, Pakistan will surely win after that.

  • Lalit on March 29, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Well, day dreaming is bad thing... and you will know within next two days as to why?

  • Hitesh Sharma on March 29, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    very fair analysis ..... good one ..... who has reached the top or higher gets 1 point .....simple

  • Mohsin on March 29, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Come on Indian supporters. It is a fair analysis by Kamran Abbasi and I don't think he has favored Pakistan. We all agree that this semi final is going to be probably the greatest and most watched game in this WC. Let's all hope that we watch great cricket, no controversies, and the better team on that day wins.

  • Ch Khan on March 29, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    It is an interesting analysis of world cups.

    Other than World Cup games, I think India has played their best ever cricket in the last 2-3 years. They started as favorites. They have looked good throughout except versus England and South Africa.

    Pakistan have been terrible in the last 2-3 years and the spot fixing controversies didn't help either. However, their last two victories over WI and AUS were, I thought, more convincing than India's victory over these two.

    Combine that with the fact that Pakistan has never beaten India in World Cups, and Pakistan has won 69 vs India's 46 overall, and you get even more confused.

    Enough diplomacy. I hope Pakistan wins.

  • sharoze on March 29, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    first time in history i am feeling that india is strong team...after reading all the comments i smile, because all the matches india won in world cups agaist pakistan were as south africa losing against newzaeland 2011 wc...india is good team but never was in class of teams such as aus, sa,pak! india has improved no dought...but pakistan is still pakistan...A MAJOR FORCE....!Sharoze,s prediction...pak batting first score 325..india all out 210..!

  • Shahid Iqbal on March 29, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    To all my indian friends.... Out of all odis between india and pakistan How many did india won ?

  • mogin on March 29, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Didnt read the footnote, so i wud retract my statement...

  • Hafiz on March 29, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    U R right. Afridi and gul will create difference ---. and the ratio will pak 100 ind 33

  • Wasim on March 29, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    Pakistan has reached the semi finals of ODI World Cups a Record 6 times (shared with Aus and NZ). If you include all World Cups (T20), its 9 times, more than anyone else.

  • Jaffa on March 29, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    guys....easy life....the scores at the bottom of each world cup are just the totals!! for every world cup, one team gets 1 and the other 0....but in 1987 and 2007, both got the same score!!

  • Haris on March 29, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    well... there are little more chances for India, only because of the home advantage, picth will be like as they wish, the crowd support etc, otherwise chances are equal for both sides, by the way statistics are not enough, in a one day match you can not base on stats, there are dozens of examples in the history, few in this WC2011, Ireland versus England, Newzeeland versus South Africa. One more point for the critics of this article, plz do some research and see what happened whenever they both played cricket Pakistan is miles ahead(just dont stick on the WC history, check the whole games)

  • Prince on March 29, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Very good article. Lets see who is going to win. Its like 1 match world cup

  • s on March 29, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Some people need to learn how to count before commenting on the scoring. A fair analysis. India may have beaten Pakistan in some WC's but Pakistan have often gone on to outperform them in those same tournaments.

    This year, the teams are very evenly poised. It must be pointed out however that Pakistan's weaker suit (batting), is stronger than India's (bowling) thus giving the former greater overall balance. I feel the winner of this will go on to lift the trophy - hopefully it will be Afridi's men!

  • MALIK KHAN -MK on March 29, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Do you think this Pak team is tougher then the 2003 Pak team, where Indian team has easily chased 273. If your compare present Pak team and India team with 2003, we will defindetly back INDIA !

  • india on March 29, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    i guess ur calculation for india starts at 0 and for pakistan at 5...

  • Bob on March 29, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Just briefly so you're not all led to think every single Indian fan is a graceless cretin - I agree with this article. I also have bothered to read it and thus understand how Kamran has done the scoring (unlike so many others). I of course fervently hope India win - but to crow about '4-0' is just idiotic. The painful truth is that Pakistan have the statistical edge over india overall - so let's not get too clever. The other painful truth is that although I think mohali will produce the eventual winner - the truly remarkable teams are playing in Colombo. Small populations, not huge resources and still their players care enough to learn how to field and work on their fitness. Reality check guys. Hope it's a classic. If india don't win the WC, I hope Pakistan do.

  • sm.muneeb on March 29, 2011, 0:19 GMT

    and remember pakistan is always a head to india in oneday wins and at mohali record dont need to mension

  • sm.muneeb on March 29, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    inshallah pakistan will win allah o akbar

  • Sherry on March 29, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    InshAllah Dis Tym Pakistan Change The History In WorldcUp N Win The Semis And Final!!! Best Wishes For Pakistan Team N Awl Da Best Pakistan ZindaBad :-)

  • Atif on March 29, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    if we compare both team in this world cup india played agains west indies and australia so does the pakistan. indian team have poor performance against both team if you compare how they lose from pakistan.aus did 177 and west indies did 112 agains pakistan where as aus did 260 and west indies did 188 compare this stats and it ll tell you where they are standing rite now

  • Faisal Akhtar on March 29, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Nice article Mr Abbasi, but I can't help but feel that you have been more charitable in your scoring system towards India. Pakistan clearly have been the stronger side over the decades baring the last couple of years. As a side note, some of the Einsteins over here need to know that the scoring system is cumulative and not for each World Cup individually. Pakistan looks like the stronger side in this edition, however, Pakistan must play Shoaib and show aggressive intent if they want to progress any further.

  • Mubassir Ahmad, M.D on March 29, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Nice review Mr. Abbasi-------- we all are waiting for a predictable result from the most unpredictable team.--Goodluck Boom Boom and Co.

  • John on March 28, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    no matter what u say, pakistan's record against india in india is impressive: india : 9 wins pakistan : 17 wins

    once india equals this total then i must say india have got something to beat pakistan.

  • Uzair on March 28, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    I think the people commenting against the scoring system don't realize it to be a cumulative scoring system (I didn't either, at first). That means that both teams were equally well-rewarded for their showings; however, I feel that Mr. Abbasi should also account for the head-to-head games that were not accounted for in the initial scoring (as in '96, and '03, where India eliminated Pak and were given a full point) with a half-point (Head-to-heads are at least half as important in the grand scheme of things). So, I would give India 0.5 points for '99 and '92, making the score India 6-5 Pakistan.

    Although I am a Pakistan fan, I think it is only fair to recognize that India has dominated us in the world cup 4-0, even if we have had more semi-final appearances. Otherwise, both have had equal final appearances and wins.

  • Vamsi on March 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Good article. I think everyone one in India and Pakistan understand that this is the contest of a lifetime. I cant wait for the game to begin. Its funny how most people failed to understand the scoring in the article. I only wish they read it completely including the foot note. Another classic example of why either of us (India and Pak) cannot agree to anything. I think India will win this one too as long as any two of the following 5 can click - Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina... The odds are with India....

  • Tariq K Sami on March 28, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    India is 300+ team. Unless Sehwag. Pakistan is 250- team. Unless Khanzada Shahid Afridi. India cannot defend 250: Unless Zahir Khan. Pakistan cannot defend 300:unless Khanzada Shahid Afridi.

  • bks123 on March 28, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Readers should understand the point system 1st b4r reacting. The team whichever has performed best between india and pak gets 1 point in each WC. So in 1975 both were equal they got one point each. In 1979 pak played better . so they scored 1 india 0. so at the end of the year 1979 india 1 pak 2. thats grt. so in 1999 pak reached final they got 1 and india got 0. in 2003 india got 1 pak 0. so india 5 pak 5 is the added score after each WC played so far. don't just so your ignorance guys. Good one abbasi.

  • Taimur Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    I think it will be a very good match. That's the least the people of the two nations deserve! :)

  • yik on March 28, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    Well done Mr Abbasi!!!

    Even more interesting are the comments. A lot of people have trouble doing math (+1) although it is clearly written. Some of the commentators seem a little too emotionally involved with the point system the blogger has 'made up' and they are writing derogatory remarks. Cool down guys! Everyone should be allowed to have their own opinion. It doesn't matter whether it is 4-0, 5-5 or some other number one may come up with. My opinion: The team that holds it's nerves and can perform under pressure (put upon them by two emotionally charged nations) will win. Let's hope for a good entertaining game! CHEERS!!

  • Ali Sajjad on March 28, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Well Said Abassi... The other point I would like to make over here is that if all my friends want to talk about past history, then I would like to end up this discussion with saying that from the time of ODI cricket's inception, Pakistan has won more games than India.... byfar :P

    In 124 Matches - 46 India, 69 Pakistan. No result = 4, abandoned = 5.

  • Ahsan Iqbal on March 28, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Good article... And for all the people complaining about the article being biased, please read the footnote. Same points were awarded to both teams for similar performances such as 1999 and 2003. Besides it is not a statistical analysis, it is a comparison on how India and Pakistan have fared in world cups overall, compared to each other. It makes no difference if India has been victorious over Pakistan, if they both got knocked out early in the tournament or at the same knockout stage or refrained from making the semis, then it means the same thing. Hence the same points.

  • Rizwanul Haque on March 28, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Historical comparison and point scoring are completely irrelevant.Historically, Pakistan has never beaten India in World Cup encounters. On the other hand, Pakistan beat Australia after 12 years unbeaten streak of 34 matches in World Cups. Do these two contracting facts signify anything? The fact of the matter is whoever plays better on the day is a winner. Undoubtedly, India has the best batting powerhouse at present. On the other hand, Pakistan has the greatest demolishing squad in its lineup. The only thing which can make a real difference will be the fielding. Keep an eye on Kamran 'Akmal'who can prove to be the deciding factor.

  • Bhatti on March 28, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Why does it really matter if Pak have never won against Ind in a WC. Look at the over all ODI records who has more wins. Australia was unbeaten for a long time in WC but look what happened to them, they lost to both Pak and Ind. Good luck to both teams on Wednesday, better team will win. I just want a good contest not a one sided match. Every one please remember there is always only one winner so take it easy.

  • Adeel Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    30th march and we all will have a winner. so why all this drama?

  • Rohan on March 28, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    @Mogin - Same points have not been awarded for 1998 and 2003. A point was awarded to India in each whereas Pakistan wasn't awarded. Just that in both cases, Pakistan was leading India, first 2 to 1 and then 5-4. India won a point for both World Cups and leveled the score. It is most of the people who have commented here who have got the math and the intent of the article in general, incorrect.

    And to be fair, India v/s Pakistan in WC head to head would be 4-0 but as an overall assessment of the performance on the whole, the score is more or less fair at 5-5.

  • Zafar on March 28, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    I think our (Pakistan's) bowling is too over-rated. Just ask Ross Taylor. There are only two ways Pakistan can win this one: 1. India shoot themselves in their foot. 2: D/L method

    If both team play to their potential, India will win.

  • GUDUJI on March 28, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    I think it is a fair analysis. Indian fans are too emotional with no understanding of the way Kamran Abbassi awarded points. Come of Ind Pak rivalry and think the way the points were awarded. They are running totals in 1983 Pak was awarded no point and Ind was awarded one point and in 2003 again Ind was given one point and no point was awarded to Pak, remember they are running totals. The points are awarded based on the overall performance of the team in a particular tournamant.

  • jajati on March 28, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    i can understand your frustation mr. abbasi.some times its hard to digest that pakistan never won a match against India but thats the reality so lets face it and get readdy with one article cursing pakistani team for another world cup defeat against india.

  • Rajesh on March 28, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Pakistan is the stroger, of course, what else ! Nice try to pump up before the match. India didnt know this and that. Indian and pakistan !!!!

  • Jugmohan Singh on March 28, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Indeed this is the real score.... I think peoplez are thinking he is saying india vs pakistan in each world cup, but he is saying how they scored in the world cups before overall. Good article and it is nicely balance

  • Aqil Siddiqi on March 28, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Although I am a Pakistani, living in Canada, I think Kamran, you got it all wrong. It has to be India 4 and Pakistan 0. I don't understand the logic of this artcle in the first place. Let's see what happens on Wednesday. Both teams are strong, and who ever shows up, will win. I like to see a good game, not one sided one.I am sure, for all Indians and pakistanis, Wednesday encounter will be like a "World Cup". Remember my friends, this is just a game, so take it easy on each other.

  • himanshu on March 28, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    Sorry to say sir, but i do feel that the sole aim with which this article was written was to make the readers feel that going in to the semifinals both the teams are on the same level which is not the case as its a known fact that India has an upper hand over Pakistan.However it is also true that past records dont matter, the only thing that matters is how well a team is played on that particular day.....

  • Chico on March 28, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    Scoring system may not be as fair as it could be, but it is time for both country supporters to get on and enjoy the great match, after all two great Cricketing nations playing in the biggest tournament. Lets celebrate the fact that 3 out of 4 south asian teams qualifies in last 4 and it looks like new champions will be either of India, Pakistan or Srilanka. Lets pray for the close contest.

  • Khalil Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    I feel sorry for the current players of India and Pakistan who shall be under the bone crushing pressure while playing in the semifinal. I hope people of the winning and the lossing country behaving in such a way that a loosing effort is accepted and appreciated open heartedly. I hope in the mircle of cricket that people of both the countries will emerge as winners one day, when they considered its just the game of cricket in which big brother is playing against the younger brother. I wish the best of luck to the both brothers. To me winning or loosing does not matter much, a warm and sincere hand shake two countries players and people is worth than all the cricket world cups.

  • Nadeem Khan on March 28, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    @sautrik banerjee: What about INDIA winning only 46 to Pakistan's 69??

  • Baskar Guha on March 28, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Pakistan has no chance in this contest. Flat track neutralizes any bowling advantage they may have which I personally believe is overrated anyways.

  • Sunte ho? on March 28, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    I don't know about the scoring. Hope it's a cracker of a match. Great win for the victor and an honorable loss for the loser...

  • shahid on March 28, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    well done Kamran..it was an awesome analysis and inshallah the last scoring would be Pak 6 India 5.. :)

  • Anand on March 28, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Well written. The fact that there is no clear favorite for this match, your article reinforces this fact. I am sure each side would consider themselves better than other. Lets minimize slurs and concentrate on good quality cricket. The end result on the ground should not matter. The real win should be for the cricket and bilateral relations of both countries. Guys leave it as sports..nothing more nothing less!!!

  • Jigar on March 28, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Hey guys don't blame Abbasi for the points. He has given only 1 point to the team that performed better in that whole particular WC and 0 to the other team. He has been adding that point to the total of previous points. So, that 4-4 and 5-5 is not the comparison of that particular WC but comparison of all the WCs that far. I urge some of the guys to think before making any comment.......

  • taufeeq on March 28, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    i wish INDIA to win and SACHIN to get 100th century

  • Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    It's true that Pakistan have never beaten India in a world cup match but they still reached the final on 2 of those occasions and won one. It used to be the case that Pakistan had never beaten India in an ICC Tournament but in recent times they've won in 20/20 and in the Champions trophy. Add the fact that they've won more games head to head against India as well and I think that Pakistan has a good chance - anything can happen in these games - I read that Pakistan chased 320 to win the last match between the 2 at this ground. Pakistan fans will hope the shorter boundaries will give them the help they need in the batting.

  • GenreX on March 28, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    @mogin: Dude.... points are not awarded with each WC. These are accumulative points. 1 each time :)

  • Ali on March 28, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    All my indian friends, this is not really India vs Pakistan in WC. Then the score is 4-0 This is Ind and Pak and how they performed in each World Cup. I see too many Indians boasting the record then here is another record. In 124 Matches - 46 India, 69 Pakistan. No result = 4, abandoned = 5.

  • Awais on March 28, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    people down here are simply not getting the way he has written the article, its actually very well balanced!! Points are carried on guys. Get ready for a gem of a match.

  • Jizzy on March 28, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    to all Indian Cricket fans who are complains that it shd be 4-0 or 5-0 ..please have a look at over-all India Pakistan cricket matches and see win-loose percentage.

  • Leslie Dmello on March 28, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Well written Mr. Abbasi, except that the Pakistan's great performances are extravagantly exaggerated and India's great performances are surprisingly suppressed. Not fair. Point system is just enough fair. All due respect to your patriotism, but try praising others'(esp India) great performances as well. May be this is the reason why Pakistani's still consider South Africa as Test No 1 side. Well, it doesnt make difference to India at all. And this time it will be India 7 Pakistan 6. Both performed well !!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on March 28, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    After reading many posts all I can conclude is there are far too many of you either unable or not willing to read. And secondly IT IS A RUNNING TOTAL. YOU CANNOT GET MORE THAN 1 POINT EACH TOURNAMENT.

    Sheesh!

  • Inzi's Aloos on March 28, 2011, 22:10 GMT

    What part of "For the scoring system, I awarded 1 point to the country that performed the best in the tournament," do people not understand???! This article is not based on how the sides did against each other but on their success in each tornament as a whole! We all know that india has an admirable head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cups, but surely no clear-minded assessment would assert that India had a better tournament than Pakistan in either 1992 or 1999 when the latter won and got to the final of the respectively, regardless of the fact that india won both the encounters againt Pakistan in those tournaments. Goodness me, some people could pick a fight in a room on their own!

  • jyo on March 28, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Lot of people have misunderstood the scoring. It's just adding up 1 point to the previous values..

  • Pam on March 28, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to beat whoever comes through the India-Pakistan semis. Just saying...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on March 28, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Some of the fans here just don't get it. It isn't about the individual performances, it is about the collective performance in the tournament, i.e. who performed better throughout that particular tournament. That is why India holding a 4-0 WC record means very little. For example, no one really remembers the 1999 WC game between Ind vs Pak. It got lost to the bigger picture. That was by and large a disappointing WC for India and a good one for Pakistan.

    What Kamran is highlighting is how little these individual contests matter in the grand scheme. They get painted as do or die encounters by fans and the media but in the end it is the larger picture which tells the broader story. Ask yourself this, if India had beaten Pakistan and then proceeded to get knocked out early in the 2003 WC, would it have been successful for them? And the answer is clearly no. India was successful because it reached the final. The match against Pakistan was just one victory along the way. Perspective.

  • FairEnough on March 28, 2011, 22:00 GMT

    I don't think history will make any difference.

  • Rick on March 28, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    Stay modest!it is anyone's game...based on who performs or chokes on that day - period.

  • Junaid on March 28, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    No matter what you say my Indian fellows, Pakistan Has won far more games than india when the two teams a playing. It's a fact that 4 out of 4 WC matches, have India won. But it doesn't mean anything ! .. The statics says Pakistan have won more . And that what counts,

  • ahmad uetian on March 28, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Mr singh correct yourself ..........he has given 1 pt to Ind and no pt to Pk in 2003

    absolutely correct rating

  • AK on March 28, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Pak Always looses and they will lose this time.They have the habit of losing to good teams.

  • Ali Dogar on March 28, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    Whoever win we should (both nations) accept it like a gentleman. A lot of good things have already started because of their encounter. Our Politician has come closer and couple of prisoners have been released by Pakistan and they have met their family.

    It is a great genture by Manmahan Sign to invite Pakistani Prime minsiter and new course of dialogue have been started. I and extremly happy that we are both playing and i believe we should keep playing.

    Indian should agree to play in Pakistan and invite pakistani player in IPL as well....

  • GB on March 28, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Kamran, I usually enjoy your writing a lot....but I have to agree with some of the comments that have been posted....even if you believe the scores are level based on all the world cup performances...the fact that India are 4-0 over Pakistan in head to head encounters..confirms that India are on top...how can you suggest 5-5? I appreciate your loyalty to your team...but as a journalist/blogger...you have to be logical in your argument and unbiased...no matter what happens on Wednesday....India will be way ahead of Pakistan because History will show 5-0 or 4-1....the Math cannot be rationalized in anyway..Pakistan will have to wait a long long time to catch up to India's WC record against them...sorry Mate...this article has been cut for 6 over backward point....sounds familiar???

  • Salman on March 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Mr Singh Please re read the article Pakistan and India got one point each for 1999 and 2003 efforts.

  • kumara on March 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    For those who did not understand what abbas wrote which is correct as per his assessment... Year -->IND-->PAK--> POINTS IN WORLDCUP ------------------------------------------- 1975 --> 1 --> 1 (India-1,Pakistan-1) 1979 --> 1 --> 2 (India-0,Pakistan-1) 1983 --> 2 --> 2 (India-1,Pakistan-0) 1987 --> 3 --> 3 (India-1,Pakistan-1) 1992 --> 3 --> 4 (India-0,Pakistan-1) 1996 --> 4 --> 4 (India-1,Pakistan-0) 1999 --> 4 --> 5 (India-0,Pakistan-1) 2003 --> 5 --> 5 (India-1,Pakistan-0) 2007 --> 5 --> 5 (India-0,Pakistan-0)

  • Akhil on March 28, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Mr Abbassi, I feel good for your calculation. But I don't think Pakisthan will win again Indians who are the strongest contenders. The match against Newzealand shows their exact team play. Pakisthan have to lose and they will lose...

    I hope it turns out to be a cracker of a game and your analysis during 2015 world cup reads India 6 - Pakistan 5 :)

  • Manoj on March 28, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    What the hell is Abbasi talking about? 5-5? How did he give Pakistan 5 ? For what?? Whats the logic?? Maybe there is not , Maybe none is required. Manoj

  • Faizan on March 28, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    A few people here mention that the score should be 4-0, if thats the case why don't we look at the overall pakistan vs india statistics.. Total 119 Matches - 46 won by India, 69 won by Pakistan. No result 4..

  • Thamba on March 28, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I think they are right its unfair..India should get 3 to pakistan 5...watch the match buddy...U should see the match that happened same place in 2007/08 if u wanna make money bet on that same story will repeat.....

  • Anupam on March 28, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    The heading should be India in WC vs Pak in WC. Then the "India 5 Pak 5" makes some sense. India vs Pak in WC is "India 4 Pak 0".

  • Hira on March 28, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Pak will inshahALLAH, but we all want to see a good match and i hope crowed will support both teams. Final Pak Vs Lanka

  • Fahad on March 28, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    It seems very few Indians understood Mr. Abbasi's running total scores, It's cumulative and makes sense. It should be clarified again that the points are awarded on basis of India and Pakistan's performance in the World Cups, not against each other.

  • happycric on March 28, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    The title is somewhat similar to many news stories found in newspaper..Eg: Title: xyz actress is pregnant. The details would be xyz actress plays a role of a pregnant woman.

    This analysis is not India vs Pakistan as the title suggest. The real India vs Pakistan analysis is : 1975: India 0, Pakistan 0 1979: India 0, Pakistan 0 1983: India 0, Pakistan 0 1987: India 0, Pakistan 0 1992: India 1, Pakistan 0 1996: India 2, Pakistan 0 1999: India 3, Pakistan 0 2003: India 4, Pakistan 0 2007: India 4, Pakistan 0 and I wish 2011: India 5,Pakistan 0

    Note :1 point for a win. The scores are running total

  • HARIS on March 28, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    nice article....i wish suchin makes 100 so india can lose this came..lol i dont know y?when ever suchin makes a 100 india loses....wow....GO PAKISTAN!!

  • mohil Patel on March 28, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    India should play with pride and honour. Looking back at the history, not just IndiaN cricket, but the whole of Asian countries playing criket have improved a lot.

    As an Indian supporter, I believe that India would need to work on their errors of batting, bowling and fielding.

    GOOD LUCK TO INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    COME ON INDIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bilal on March 28, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Some people do not understand the ratings. The score is cumulative. India sure has won more matches against Pakistan BUT even then Pakistan has a better record than India in WC. Pakistan has 1 WC, 1 runner up and 3 SF (excluding this one). India has 1 WC, i runner up and 2 SF (excluding this one)

  • Tariq on March 28, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Pakistan Now Beat INDIA in this Match then its more then to 5/5 i think so U also said its 5/10....

  • NADEEM HASHMI on March 28, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    The day will decide... Green shirts will rock INSHAALLAH...

  • Sriram on March 28, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    A fair assessment. For most part of 70s,80s and 90s, Pakistan handed out several one day defeats to India(I think 10-11 matches consecutively in one run). The turn around came when Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly and Robin Singh helped India chase 315 or so in Asia cup. After that I think India has a better record. During the past 10 years, Indians are fighting till the end. Previously they used to give up after losing 5 wickets. This happened mainly because the tough Delhi cricketers replaced the meek Mumbai and South Indian cricketers.

  • sree on March 28, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Don't worry guys the cup is for the deserving tendulkar

  • ravi abbasi on March 28, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Everybody knows that pak never beaten india in worldcup matches. However, it did not mean anything. Its gong to be a new day and new game. I remeber Sunil Gavaskar's remark before a 1996 worldcup match when india lost 11 in a row to pak. He said" its a new game" and it was a new game. India won. Counter is based on doing better than other team in WC arena, not against each other. Clearly, India is favorite in this match but dont be so fast. You never know what inida might face on day of competition. Remeber, India never beaten pak comprehensibly in any of the WC games. It was always been low scoring games in the past and Pak did not chased well or bowled well by thinking that they were in driving seat (except 2003). Most likely winner will be WC champion due to SA exit. Good luck to both teams and let the game begin.

  • cippy on March 28, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Javed Miandad funny in above incident and looks like you forgot to mention V Prasad and Aamer Sohail incident in 1996. Which always remind how calm Indian players are and how tense Pakistan player when they play each other.

  • hAIDER IMAM on March 28, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Its really nice article.. I must say some indians here have commented erratically stating that Mr Abbasi's scoring system is wrong with such flawed reasoning that india have been given no point in 2003 and pakistan and india given same points in 1983... Come on... I hope Indians are erratic for whole of this week and this time in WC, they get what they deserve from Pakistan :)

    I wish a good game for cricket and may the better team win :)

  • Enig on March 28, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Hopefully WC will be in the sub continent.

    and coming to match on wed'day..its gonna be b/w best batting performances vs best bowling performance..interesting..!! But I still dont understand when shahid afridi became a bowler bowling some very good balls and when he came a worst batsmen who forgot how to hold a bat?? lol..india's bowling is little weak and pak's batting is little more weak..but its known factor both teams play to their potential against each other. Best team wins..!! All the best.

  • Rabia on March 28, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    pretty fair.. GO MEN IN GREEN!

  • Farooq on March 28, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    indians pakistan is ahead of you in overall performance set aside worldcup...pak won 69 and india won 46 out of all odi they palyed.....and about test matches pak won 12 and india 9

    what do u say about these statistics

  • hitesh on March 28, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    on paper india look very strong as compare to batting and fielding the only concern is the bowling department but still india have got the upper hand compare to pakistan india will be favourite to win that day and win world cup as well

  • Jawad Arshad on March 28, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    I dont think this is any biased article. Its perfectly simple, 1 point for the teaming making a very good progress in WCs. 1975 Ind (1) Pak (1) -- none qualified for semis (1 point each) 1979 Ind (1) Pak (2) -- Pakistani qualifying for Semi. 1983 Ind (2) Pak (2) -- India winning the WC. 1987 Ind (3) Pak (3) -- INDIA and Pak both qualifying for Semis 1992 Ind (3) Pak (4) -- Pakistan winning the WC. 1996 Ind (4) Pak (4) -- India Making the Semis 1999 Ind (4) Pak (5) -- Pakistan Making the final (runners up) 2003 Ind (5) Pak (5) -- India making the final (runners up) 2007 Ind (5) Pak (5) -- Both team didnt qualify.

    So this is very much simple, please remember this is not head-t-head points between India and Pakistan. This is only the overall performance of both teams in WCs.

    I would say a perfect and un-biased article.

    Thanks.

  • Venkat on March 28, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Forget about all the History. Which ever the team performs well during the 6 - 7 hours will win the game. We saw some disappointing performances from all the teams in this WC.

    Both the teams has both strong & weak areas. lets see how it goes.

  • Sikandar on March 28, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Whoever disagrees with the 5-5 tally probably wasn't born or acknowledges cricket played before 1983, when Pakistan were years ahead of India in ODI cricket.

  • Jawad Arshad on March 28, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    I dont think this is any biased article. Its perfectly simple, 1 point for the teaming making a very good progress in WCs. 1975 Ind (1) Pak (1) -- none qualified for semis (1 point each) 1979 Ind (1) Pak (2) -- Pakistani qualifying for Semi. 1983 Ind (2) Pak (2) -- India winning the WC. 1987 Ind (3) Pak (3) -- INDIA and Pak both qualifying for Semis 1992 Ind (3) Pak (4) -- Pakistan winning the WC. 1996 Ind (4) Pak (4) -- India Making the Semis 1999 Ind (4) Pak (5) -- Pakistan Making the final (runners up) 2003 Ind (5) Pak (5) -- India making the final (runners up) 2007 Ind (5) Pak (5) -- Both team didnt qualify.

    So this is very much simple, please remember this is not head-t-head points between India and Pakistan. This is only the overall performance of both teams in WCs.

    I would say a perfect and un-biased article.

    Thanks.

  • Cippy on March 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Ya Pakistani player never know how to play, looks like bunch of good road cricketer playing international cricket. they play good some days and bad some days never had consistency. I would says score should be 6-5 India is getting much respect since 1983.

  • SAM_Canada on March 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    I hope Afridi wins the toss and finds his daredevil form with the bat,hunch says he is due for one, or else the Indians will retain their record intact.

  • Haris Zafar Saigal on March 28, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Well written article

  • Abid Nasim on March 28, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    Irrespective of points,Pakistan never won to India in world Cups, on the other hand India never Won to Pakistan in any ODI played at Mohali. Keeping both the facts in mind, all my wishes are with Pakistani Cricket Team to carry on the winning streak at Mohali.

  • saurabh on March 28, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    all this history though well articulated is of academic interest...

    Hopefully our master blaster will live up to his reputation of "comes the hour ...comes the champion" and demolish Pak

  • Abid on March 28, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    To all those criticizing the scoring criteria....worldcup is not just India Vs Pakistan, both teams burn their callories against other teams too!..Abbasi just scored on the basis of world cup perfomances as he said in the footnote. And yes Its 4-0 in the Worldcup India Vs Pak matches but look at the whole history where its is 46-69 in Pakistan's favor!

  • sanjay sharma on March 28, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    This will be great match up of this world cup. who is best time will tell who ever play better that team will end of the day. which team got best bowlers or batsman means nothing. give them a 1 point on based on what happen in past. past is past it will not going to matter in MOHALI. pressure will on INDIA. Home team always have more pressure especially when there are greatest rival of the sport . INDIA has been preform good in past they had some winnings in there pockets & another hand PAKISTAN has been in lots of issues off ground. INDIA got a lot to loose be ing home team & there past performances. but PAKISTAN got nothing to loose but gain. because of there issues. if they win it will be good for pakistani cricket if they loose it will still be good for them because they maid to semi;s of world cup being a underdog team. if PAKISTAN loose they should be happy there team performance under AFRIDES captaincy. LIKE SAID BEFORE ONLY THING MATTERS WHO EVER PLAY BETTER IN END THEY WIN !!

  • Shivaji Sengupta on March 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    In 2011, we are facing an interesting conundrum: India's is a better team; but Pakistan is playing out of their skin! The momentum, as they say, is with Pakistan. However, even making this claim,I am reminded of ifs and buts. Except for South Africa, to whom India lost; and Sri Lanka whom Pakistan defeated, none of the teams, including Australia, have been very good. This may be the first match in this tournament that is truly a clash between two teams that are playing well!

  • Pervez on March 28, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    A fair reflection, although I would say that over the last 36 years, Pakistan have been much stronger overall in the World Cup. In fact, for the first 2 World Cups, India didn't even know how to play 1-day cricket.

    That said, history will have little influence on Wednesday's result as most of the Pak team wasn't there then.

  • saqib rasool on March 28, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    pakistan will make it 6 GOOOO onnn Pakistannn.....

  • Mahmood Hassan on March 28, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Classic!

  • Ramana on March 28, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Nice Recap! Looking forward to a great encounter in the semi-final!!

  • Nasser Ali Khan on March 28, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Thanks for a very interesting article, once again from Kamran! The photo of Javed Miandad mimiking Kiran More brought out a laughter.

  • AS on March 28, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Ha ha ... India 5 Pakistan 5 in cricket world cups ... what delusional nonsense! Stop sugarcoating the harsh reality, Abbasi ... you know its India 4 Pakistan 0 so why not just accept the truth instead of fighting it in vain.

  • Singh on March 28, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Perfect example of unbiased paki "accounting" -- one point for pakistan in 1999, but no points for India in 2003 when the performance was exactly the same -- wah wah !!

  • holymacro on March 28, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi,

    Your scoring scheme is flawed as it is based on conflicting criteria. Scoring based on how well either of the teams did during their world cup campaigns irrespective of how well they did against each other appear irrelevant. The fact is that Pakistan were never successful against India in the world cups so your scoring scheme is somewhat hypocritical when you par them at 5 points each. You might want to consider being honest with yourself.

    Thanks. M

  • Satish Desai on March 28, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    India has hown frailty in batting, even when the stars like Sachin and Sehwag provide a solid start. They have been saved at times by such talented players as the Prince Yuvraj. Virat, Gautum, etc. Pakistan have Shahid Afridi, a true all rounder and a winner. I believe that this will be a great game.

    It is perhaps not all right to be harsh on a single player. However, Munaf Patel is likely to be punished and put India in difficulties.

    May the better team win!

  • Raghav on March 28, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Kamran: This is a great analysis. In the end, I hope WC will be within Asia after a long time. Raghav

  • Rahul on March 28, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Sorry but such analysis just shows off you are still hurting from the multiple losses Pakistan has suffered against India in world cups.

  • Monis Rizvi on March 28, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Well written Mr. Abbasi. However, it seems overly simplified and extremely objective way to analyze performance of both sides in the world cups spanning more than 35 years.

    I hope it turns out to be a cracker of a game and your analysis during 2015 world cup reads India 5 - Pakistan 6 :)

  • Raghuram on March 28, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Great Analysis!

    A nice feast to cricket favorites who are oosing to watch the kurukshetra at the Mohali Stadium. This analysis some how gives india's favorites a happy ending that India won over pakistan almost every time in a world cup inspite of pakistan's form in the tournament. Hence, inspite of Afridi being the best bowler our three best batsmen will white wash them. Go India Go! Keep in mind that your already dreamt hero do not spoil our dream :-)

  • twistkill on March 28, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Oops! I did not read the footnote. Sorry for that previous comment! I really am :) I did not know they were cumulative.

  • ravi on March 28, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    superlykkkkkkk

  • Yogendra on March 28, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    How biased can one get Mr. Abbasi? Get a life. I know you won't even dare to put this comment on your blog.

  • Arun on March 28, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    The article must've had a different headline. As such, it's a clever distortion of the WC record between the two nations, and that reads 4-0, whichever way you look at it.

  • Aparajithan on March 28, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    count in any way you want, it is 4-0 India as of now against Pakistan in WC...

  • Abhinava Sharma on March 28, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    The whole country wants it to be India 6 Pakistan 5. I just hope hope it happens. And I liked the part of 2007 India and Pakistan may as well have not turned up. Lol! Well said.

  • RC on March 28, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Great summary of iconic matches. There is no fun without India and Pakistan matches. There should be more matches between the neighbors.

  • sautrik banerjee on March 28, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    yes yes 5-5 is all right, but u r forgetting that pakistan have never beaten India in a world cup, 50 overs or 20 overs

  • Ricky Reynolds on March 28, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I think pakistan are the strongest they have been for years. Shoaib akthar must play instead of wahab riaz who can be very erratic at times. Only missing link in pakistan squad is mohammad yousuf who could of took Junaid Khan's place in the world cup side as a benchwarmer!

  • Jason John on March 28, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    Plz do some research before u rite !!! thanks

  • Ravi Desikan on March 28, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    This is clearly a biased article especially with your scores. How can you give equal scores especially when Pak lose to India? unfair, even if India win this world cup you will give an equal score. Wait till Wednesday end before Pak is shown the door

  • mogin on March 28, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    How come when pakistan reached won the WC and reached the finals of another, they were awarded more points than india??? and for 1983 and 2003, pakistan and india have been awarded the same points.... C'mon Abbasi!!!!!

  • burhan on March 28, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    Nothing to comment but just a hope ,that this time whether india's batting is formidable still pakistan can win with the impressive bowling

  • NJ on March 28, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    You can twist and turn your analysis all you want, play 'points' to facilitate your need to justify pakistan. The simple fact remains that pakistan have been defeated every time they have met India in the world cup, no matter how powerful they may have been on paper.

  • Ajay raj on March 28, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    India win semi-final match against pakistan.

  • MNA KHAN on March 28, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    Right, India V Pakistan means Best batsmen V Best Bowlers.In other wards competition between Construction (Batting ) and destruction (Bowling).The situation of pressure and tension always favors destruction (Bowling) compare to construction(Batting.So I like to advise Pakistan to include the most distractive Bowler(Shoaib Akhter)in the side and destroy the opposition as early as possible.Shoaib is much better destructor than Wahab Riaz.Dear Shahid Afridi please make this only change and get the Word Cup.

  • Teja on March 28, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Did India beat Srilanka in the first ever world cup???? Thought they beat East Africa nly!!!!!!!

  • Pranay on March 28, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    This article negates the achievements of individual Indo-Pak matches and rather focuses on how far each team did in the tournament. Don't think it's justified as Indo-Pak matches have pressure like no other. Rather weak attempt to scribble something down and make it look equanimious

  • Jay on March 28, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    The title is not appropriate it should be India and Pakistan in World Cups .. as India vs Pakistan in World Cups actually stands at 4-0 India.

  • Danish Ebad on March 28, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Wow!What a great comparison!Always knew that it was a close one but never suspected an even score.The teams have always differed though.In the first four world cups,Pakistan had the better team even though india managed to win a world cup.In 1992,Indian team was stronger although pakistan won the cup.In 1996,Both teams were strong and indians went a stage ahead of Pakistanis due to their better play on and off the field.In 1999,Pakistan had the better team even though they lost to India.In 2003,Pakistan had their best team ever with all the batting and bowling stars,as did India.Pakistanis played their worst cricket and deservingly lost.Indians were beaten by a team better than them.In 2007,Indians had a far better team than pakistanis.Pakistanis performed as was expected,and indians failed to fulfill any dreams.Now again,Indians have a far superior team compared to pakistan's.But pakistanis have something now that they had only once,a team spirit,shown only in latter stages of 1992.

  • nakhan2 on March 28, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Both teams have their strengths and weaknesses; however, as long the both teams give their 120% in the ground, it doesn't matter who wins.

  • sintu on March 28, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    india will win this world cup semi final,however pakistan having good blowing speed but india having best batsmen so, according to cricket rules runs will come very firstly then wickets. if india having world best bats man then what ever good blowing runs will come. so, i think india will win.... what do think you guys ??????

  • sanjeev jha on March 28, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    india will win.

  • bcn on March 28, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Hope at least the author is sure of what he is taking ... It's simple - India 4 Pakistan 0. Make that India 5 after Wednesday's match. :-)

  • Muggle Boy on March 28, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    it should be 4-0 in India's favour, the way i read it.

  • Sameer Shah on March 28, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    I don't get it. I don't agree with India and Pakistan both getting "4" in the 1996 world cup? India should have gotten more as it demolished Pakistan out of the world cup and entered into the semis. Also, how can you give Pakistan and India both 5s in 2003 world cup. India had played much much better then Pakistan in the 2003 world cup.

  • cj on March 28, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    India will win the semi and will go on to win the final.............this is tendulkar's cup

  • Bamarolls on March 28, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, While I agree with your overall account, I had trouble digesting the initial score of 1-1 after 1975. Based on your grading system of later performances, wouldn't 0-0 after 1975 be more appropriate?

  • dev on March 28, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    how can it be equally poised with pak always loosing to india in 50 over World Cups so far? India have eliminated pakistan before in the history of the game and have much more experience to combat the presure... easy result on paper

  • Zahid on March 28, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    OK, so let me finish up the article by stating that Pakistan makes history in 2011 by defeating India for the first time in a WC game. Shahid Afridi wakes up and tanks Indian bowlers to all corners of the field and Indian batsmen unable to keep up with ever increasing run rate and loose by 25 runs. LOL.

  • msiva on March 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Abbasi,

    I have high regards for your writing, but this looks (atleast the points you give ) a bit biased - how come both the team gets the same point in 1983, but in 1992 Pak gets one point more ? Similarly if Pak gets one point high in 1999 (bcoz they reach final)how come in 2003 both the teams gets same points ??

    Regards, Siva

  • Rizwan Liaqat on March 28, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Following your pattern Kamran, it is Pakistan's turn to make it 6-5 to them. :)

  • sm on March 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    In 1999, India did not play poorly in super six except for that loss to Australia. They beat Pakistan. Due to an unfortunale washout (nz v zimbabwe), they were already eliminated by the time they played zimbabwe. They were peaking at the right time and would have made it to the final. Points should be in favour of India even though Pak made it to the final. They lost to India.

  • ss on March 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    The points don't make any sense Kam ol' man....

  • amir on March 28, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    afcose india will win....India gonna rock go india go....Sachin will score his 100th centuary in international cricket....and all india team will rock in batting bowling fielding everything..............once again go india go bring the world cup...with lots of love amir..

  • Dhiraj on March 28, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    A fair and balanced article Kamran...is this an attempt to avoid any controversy? especially between the India/Pakistan supporters commenting here. I think history and statistics are merely for bragging (short-timed)...When these two teams walk in the field on the 30th, nobody will care what happened in the past, how many centuries Sachin has under his belt, how many balls Afridi took to hit a century, how many matches Pakistan has won against India at Mohali, how many times india has won against Pak in WC matches,etc. Eagerly waiting for the clash of the titans!

  • MK ( Stand 4 Pak ) on March 28, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Good One kamran keep it up ..

    Good Luck Team Pakistan Inshalla you Win the Match and Win the WC .

    ** ameen ***

  • Vikram Kalyani on March 28, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, Pakistan have never equalled India in ODI World Cups, they are still behind with 0-2 wins to India.Yes, as far as winning the Cup itself, it is 1-1. There is no 5-5. Please correct your analysis.

  • Hassan Farooqi on March 28, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    1996: "Pakistan looked in the hunt, with Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar giving India's bowlers some tap and rowing with them too." O.K. "But once Sohail lost his head, Pakistan’s reply petered out." Corrections. "Then came in Saqlain with water without the openers asking for it. He whispered something, and then both of them got out". That is how everyone remembers it.

  • sany on March 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    how could you say Pakistan have the best bowling attack?

  • kumarknowsit on March 28, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Good range of statistics here. I see my team india picking the win with an outstanding performance. India can bat and bowl as bowling has improved since the match against bangladesh and the match against england. We are an all round team and i feel wednesday will see india through to the finals!

  • Amit C on March 28, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Pakistan were convincingly defeated by Indian in 1992 world cup,though they won the finals .I note that you have not given that point to India, which would make the score India 5:Pakistan 4.

    In direct encounters India has defeated Pakistan in all 3 encounters which makes it 3:0 in favor of India. Please stop manipulating the real statistics.

    The chances for wednesday's match seem 50:50 for me.I must say Afridi is inspiring the Pakistani team better than Dhoni.

    I really like the way Afridi encourages the bowlers by patting on their backs and clapping.He is more inspiring captain than Dhoni.

    Dhoni has become cold and aloof recently;worst thing is his performance has no contribution in India becoming no.1 in test cricket.He was shockingly seen talking away on his mobile soon after India defeated australia 2:0 test series while the rest of the team celebrated.

    I am a proud Indian but the best team must win.People want Sachin to score hundered; what about Dhoni scoring a 50

  • Faisal Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Most of the people are of the opinion that this semi final will be between Indian batting and Pakistani bowling. In my opinion most of them are under rating Pakistani batting line up, i think Pakistani batting is equally good as of Indian batting line up. No doubt Tendulkar's record do make him great batsman but beside him there is no ther batsman who is better then Pakistani batsman. If India has stroke players like Sehwag and Yuvraj then Pakistan has Afrid, Umer Akmal and Razzaq, if they have experinced batsman like Gambhir and Dhoni the we have Younis and Misbah.And don't forget Asad Shafiq is in good form, he might play another good inning.Indian batting line up has Hebhajan and Pkaistan has Razzaq at number 8, so what that shows???Pakistan's bowling is much better, they should include Shoaib even if he can bowl 6 to 7 overs, he could pick up couple of important wickets. My only worry is i hope Kamran would not drop any vital catch in this match.

  • jam sadiq jam junejo jojo chisti Khawaja on March 28, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    An excellent article is marred somewhat by stating it is the tournaments best batting attack against the tournaments best bowling attack......I think South africa deserve the best attack plaudits albeit with the boost of a pakistani in imran tahir in their ranks.... this pakistan attack of afridi,gul, a semmingly rejuvenated abdul razzak, and rahman/ajmal is still greatly poorer without their two best bowlers the banned asif and aamer and the sadly missing sami......I do think tho Shoaib Akhtar should be played instead of wahab riaz just for the india match. Akhtar has a proven track record against India and knows their pitches well....he will rise to the occasion...

  • Jitendra Chakravarty on March 28, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Interesting point is in all the years India has done better, somehow the points awarded are the same for both countries, while in the years Pakistan has done better, Pakistan gets more points than India. Can we be bit more logical??

  • Badruddin on March 28, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Dear Manager, Couch, all players:Please convey my comments: ================================ In the cricket news by India for the Semi-final thay said they are scared by the bowling of Shoeb Akhtar.So please include him in the squad with the instuctions to swing the ball both ways with speed and take the wickets giving low amount of runs.Also instruct other bowlers to use ther brain and NEED only 10 such balls to take 10 wickets of the opposite team and give away as low runs as they can.

    Also instruct all the BATSMEN to IMPROVISE ALL THE BALLS TO HIT GOOD SHOTS CAUTIOUSLY AND DO NOT SKY THE BALLS.WATCH ALL PREVIOUS VIDEOS TO TO POINT OUT BATSMEN'S WEAKNESSES.Regards with love-Badruddin

  • Hemant Brar on March 28, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Well Mr. Abbasi, I do not agree with you at some points.

    1. You gave India and Pakistan equal points in 1983 which means winning the World Cup and beating the undefeated West Indies two times was of no use where when Pakistan won you gave them one extra point in 1992.

    2. Also the same thing when both teams lost in the finals. India atleast qualified for the second stage in 1999 where as Pakistan could not manage the same in 2003. Also India lost only to Australia in 2003 and was clearly the second best team but you still rated them equal.

    Can you please explain how you distributed the points for the cases I mentioned above.

    Regards Hemant Brar

  • Nix on March 28, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Surely you could give 1 or maybe 1/2 a point to India just for winning all it's World Cup games against Pakistan till now. Obviously i am a India supporter but nevertheless did enjoy Pak's win in 92.

  • Capt. Sumant Bhalla on March 28, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: India vs. Pak in World Cups. Your maths seems flawed. It's 4-0 in India's favor. Not 5-5.

  • dchand on March 28, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Kamran, it's funny you give "India 2 Pakistan 2" for 1983 worlk cup. I don't need to read the article any more !

  • syed noman shabbir on March 28, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    well i agree to u mr. abbasi its ven steven and the world will know this is our world cup go pakistan green shirts nobody can stop u to win this title it belongs to us

  • Ali Khan on March 28, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I expect Asad Shafiq to be the difference maker with a partnership with Misbah that will deliver our first victory ever against india.

    We have alot of heros in our batting order as well, and too many people might be sleeping on them, which makes them all the more dangerous.

    This time the balance of youth and experience will deliver poise and the urgency and desire and passion needed to win this mathch.

    This match IS the world cup for pakistan, their is nothing more important, not even the next game itself than for a country that needs redemption by bringing cricket safely back to Pakistan.

  • Harsha on March 28, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Ah!You conveniently omitted the small matter of India beating Pak in '99 WC at the height of the Kargil War.I think that will make the score for '99 1-1.

  • Raghuraman on March 28, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Hope people from both sides of the border take the result in their stride and move on. I know it's easier said than done. Looking forward to a cracker of a game. Best wishes to both teams.

  • ilyas on March 28, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    All we can hope for is a great close game with the best side winning.

  • wazir ali on March 28, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    in the histry of world cup india has edg but this time inshallah pakistan will win this historic semifinal this will be the great gift for pakistani nation best of luck pakistan

  • Noman on March 28, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Well if history and your point system has any merit than Pakistan should be once again ahead. As according your analysis they have never been behind India. Leaving that aside, I hope it will be a thriller. I anticipate Afridi to shine with the bat and Shoaib Akhtar if given the opportunity to shine with the ball. I expect a close contest not because of the runs but because that is the way pakistan play. The will make it interesting even if it is not meant to be. What else can you ask from the 2011 World Cup Champions!!!!

  • Nadeem Khan on March 28, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Excellently written. Thats the story of the world cups. Otherwise Pakistan has been far better in all formats. Here are some interesting stats. Pakistan vs India (67 ODI wins vs 46) Last decade, (Pak 22 to India 19) Last ten matches (Pak 5 to India 5)

    This clearly shows that Pakistan is mentally strong enough, even at this time of turmoil.

  • Gautam Kirshan on March 28, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Now that's a much better World Cup analysis than just saying Pakistan has never won from India in a World Cup. Although true, that comparison is weak as only 4 matches have been played!

    Lets see what happens on Wednesday!

    "The tournament’s best batsmen meet the tournament’s best bowlers" this really reminds me of joker from The Dark Knight "This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object!"

    GO GREEN!!!

  • Asim on March 28, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I strongly believe Pakistan will defeat the India to avenge their 96 exit

  • Qaisar on March 28, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Despite of the record for India & Pakistan, this match will be the most exciting match of the cricket history because all matches between Pakistan & India are different than rest of the world cricket.

  • Pavan on March 28, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Nice article. But i did not understand the numbers at the end. Why were pakistan added a number for world cup 1987? and same goes for both india and pakistan for 1975?

  • Aqib Shahzad Bhatti on March 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    An excellent article, this is not only comparison but something feel from heart...good presentation kamran....

  • Shehzad haider on March 28, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    PAK will beat india inshALLAH

  • Sandy on March 28, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Very interesting analysis. The way the points have been scored show that Pakistan have always been the first to move ahead. If this trend must continue then Pakistan should be winning the semifinal.

  • paulson on March 28, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Nicely done.The Article which meant for the achievements and the failures of both the countries in WC.They are equally poised for a WC game this time too.Their rivalry is a game of phenomina for the future generations as well.Millions of people in both countries are adored fans of Cricket,as well as their Language,culture similarities.This is the people,who are the future of this Gentleman's Game.

  • Kartikeya Singh on March 28, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Kamran,

    The progression of the "head-to head" (I know its not a real head-to-head but a relative score of world cup performance) would suggest a Pakistan victory this time around...Let me see if I can come back with an alternative trend that would suggest an Indian victory!!

    Hope we have a match that lives up to the expectation and more importantly that the fans on both sides accept the result with grace and humility. All said and done it IS just a sport.

    BR, Kartikeya

  • Harsha on March 28, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi,

    Looks like you tend to give Pakistan an Extra Point whenever they win a world cup or make it to the finals while this luxury has been conveniently denied to India when they do the same, would you be kind enough to explain the logic behind it?.

    Regards, Harsha

  • cricfan on March 28, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Sorry make that 4-0. my bad :)

  • cricfan on March 28, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    'Pseudo'analysis is a very apt title. Real analysis would give you a score of 3-0 in India's favour.

  • Siva on March 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Is this comparison of how India and Pakistan fared in world cups in general or How India and Pakistan fared against each other,(as per the title of the column) if later is the case irrespective of who won the cup in the end and .. its India 4 and Pakistan 0.

  • Siva on March 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Is this comparison of how India and Pakistan fared in world cups in general or How India and Pakistan fared against each other,(as per the title of the column) if later is the case irrespective of who won the cup in the end and .. its India 4 and Pakistan 0.

  • Ancient Astronaut on March 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Superbly written article! Will please fans from both countries :-)

  • Zorro on March 28, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Nice article Kamran.

    I hope India wins the cup.

  • Raees Ahmed on March 28, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    We love you Kamran Abassi, you are the best

  • Zaheer on March 28, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Judging by the scoring, it appears it is Pak turn for being one UP :) I think it should be a great game and whoever plays well should win.

  • Chetan on March 28, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Good analysis , let us see who takes the lead now.

  • Chetan on March 28, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Good analysis , let us see who takes the lead now.

  • Ravi on March 28, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Well written. I will not agree to the 1983 & 2003 rating when India reached finals whereas Pak did not reach even Semis. Similarly I will not agree for 1992 & 1999 rating when exactly reverse happened.

  • Srini on March 28, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Given the propensity of both Pak and Ind to throw away matches from winning positions countless times in the past, it is hard to call who will cross over the line this time. For me, any of them can win this WC. May the best team win!.

  • Hari on March 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    If we go by your analysis, pakistan has to again take a step ahead and India will catch up next time. But the pure face to face history says India will win. So basically they are both evenly matched now.

  • Senthil N Rajendran on March 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    A 2-2 scoreline even for the '83 WC? Not quite a neutral scoreline, is it? Ind were the champions after toppling the overwhelming favorites, remember?

  • Rahil on March 28, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    ya i hope pakistan will win the world cup especially against india and we all praying for pakistan

  • sam on March 28, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Awesome recap... it's amazing how the balance between these two countries is so tantalizingly poised... can't wait for the big game!!

  • SK Jena on March 28, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Couldn't understand the nos. given for 2003 World Cup match where if India gets 5 then Pakistan should get 2.

  • Thejus on March 28, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Good article! Even though India has beaten Pakistan on all World cup matches, this article shows that both the team have equal chance. Neither of the teams should consider the past and I think all matters on what the teams do on that important day!

  • Yogesh on March 28, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Wonder why the 1 point for India in the 1975 WC ? I think in WCs Pakistan have shaded India.

  • zafran on March 28, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    pakistan will come up 2011 world cup champions INSHA ALLAH......... SHAHID AFRIDI IS THE BEST OF EVER CAPTAIN IN THE WORLD.............. ILOVE PAKISTAN.......BUT AM BORN IN SRILANKA...............I HATE SRILANKA TEAM......NOT SRI LANKA

  • Vikas Nanda on March 28, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    "The winner on Wednesday will shift history in their country’s favour" wake up India have won 4 out of 4 matches even if they win one back the reality is that India have been better then Pakistan in World cup matches.

  • Sandeep Sharma on March 28, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    nice article.

  • Don on March 28, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Noteably India has beaten Pakistan in all their world cup matches but those wins never enabled India to go on and win the trophy. So would should we expect here. :)

  • tarek on March 28, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Pakistan have done well thus far. They need to select the best eleven suitable for the semi-final without getting emotional. We just pray and hope that Kamran Akmal's "goalkeeping" will not cost Pakistan. He is known to self destruct behind the stumps. Good Luck Pakistan.

  • IMRAN SHAIKH on March 28, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Insallah Pkistan made the history and beat India in 1st time in world cup to rech the 3rt time in final & Insallah win the world cup 2nd time....Always prays with Pakistan....de ghomake........

  • Avinash on March 28, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Kamranji - please give an two additional points to India for the 1983 World Cup, please,please......

  • Mr.Marston on March 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Go Pakistan. Play Junaid Khan instead of Akthar and it will all be good.Prayers with you.

  • john on March 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    paskistan is best

  • Nadeem Jaffery on March 28, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Wowsh !!! The mother of all battles on Wednesday !!!

    The ideal situation would be to have the match on a neutral venue, Colombo or Dhaka. This way the advantage would have been even to the two teams.

    Being a Pakistani, I am more wary, for the Green Shirts, of the happenings off the field than on field.

    Never the less, will it be Shahid Afridi, the "Tees March Khan" or MS Dhoni, who would be walking away with the honours of the 30/3, only the time will tell.

    What ever the result may be, my prayers are for the game of cricket to be the winner in all cases.

  • laxmi mittal on March 28, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    irfan pathan was necessary in india squad,for the politics of dhoni and srikanth ,this poor talent is out of indian squad, sorry for him, wish good luck to irfan and bad luck to india,thanks for printing my message.

  • Mohammed Shaikh on March 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Well, I think that the points given to India have been lowered; they have been underestimated...........For example, in the 2003 WC, India had beaten PAK to reach the final. Even though, both were given the same number of points. In 1983, when India won the WC, both IND and PAK have been given the same points. But when PAK won the WC in 1992, they had been given more points as compared to IND. I think that this piece of writing will increase the rivalry between the cricket lovers of IND and PAK, instead of informing them about the performances of IND and PAK in the previous WCs...........

  • ali on March 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    and that would be pakistan..!

    they will beat india and then srilanka inshallah to win this cup..!

  • Pallathz on March 28, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    There was a time in the 80's & 90's where Pakistan would win Hands down against India 9/10 times.Particularly when Imran/Akram/Waqar/Saleem Malik/Miandad/Anwar/Ejaz were at the Peak except for few games in the World cups.Then there was a belief that anyone in Pak team could be a matchwinner & could turn the match head on at any stage of the game.An Indian Fan knew that Pak was a superior side.Now,in 2011,This Indian Team is much superior & We believe that they can win from any situation.Much more consistent,Disciplined ,Balanced & A complete Team as compared to the earlier ones.The TEAM of 90's were dependent on few individuals.I expect this Indian Team to beat Pakistan 7/10 times.Pak posseses a gud bowling Unit but wud dearly miss an Akram.The spinning dept misses the guile of a Saqlain & a keeper bat like Moin.The day Akram retired ended Pak's complete dominance on Indian bat as I have seen the Great Sachin,Dravid & co mesmerised by the great left armer!!!

  • mannu on March 28, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    india is goin 2 win in coming semifinal againt pak

  • Tariq Hassan on March 28, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Very interesting observation Kamran....."The tournaments best batsmen meet the tournament's best bowlers". I wonder what sort of wicket will be prepared for this match. I am not an Aussie fan but it was sad to see two fast bowletrs bowl their hearts out on a dead wicket and get nothing out of it. I hope the groundsman prepares a surface with someting in it for the bowlers and the batters....but I am not holding my breath.....

    Tariq, St Albans

  • Balaji Seetharaman on March 28, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Nonsense ! It should be India 7 to Pakistan 3 maybe .... We have a clear winner as for the world cup is concerned.

  • Ashwin Kumar on March 28, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Pakistan have been in good form right through the tournament, barring the loss against New Zealand; while India have peaked at the right time by knocking the defending champions out of the World Cup.Both India and Pakistan are rising (in the World Cup) for the first time since 1987, and irrespective of the winner I hope for a close contest, similar to the final of the inaugural World Twenty20.

  • Fasih Mehmood on March 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    It's great feeling to see the match,its sensatioan,heart breaking I can say the most favorite match till date.both have same 50-50 chance,but the team which will bat first have edge.Playing shoeb is more handy decision,b'coz it's a high pressure game and Wahab riaz may loose his confidence to bowl Sachin n his top order batsman.saeed ajmal to be retain in place of abdul rahman.I hope this match will be the most exciting one ever played between these two cricket crazy nations.

  • Sufyan Saeed Khan on March 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    2011 :I wonder India has a South African Coach ... what if India Chokes too bad it will be right ... :)

  • Cric Pundiit USA on March 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Nice Spin. However Indian fans read it as 3-0 in favour of India.

  • Rahul Oak on March 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Very good analysis.... Really India v/s Pakistan is a contest that can stop a nation. Not sure what's going to happen on March 30 now. People have already given so much hype to this game and I really feel that this match should give some heart attacks. hah haha. Best of luck to both the teams. May the best team win on that day. But still as an Indian I will say. Cmon India " DE GHUMAKE ".

  • Pranoy Paul on March 28, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi,

    Thanks for the detailed, match wins in world cup for both the countries. Well can you also write some article on world cup clashes & wins between the two. I think that fact would be pretty interesting.

    ICC earns the profit from just one match. :)

    regards, Pranoy

  • Kartik on March 28, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Uhh .. why isn't 1996 in favour of India? I really think India 6 Pakistan 5 is a fair assessment considering that India has got the better of Pakistan in World Cup Matches ...

  • harshvardhan on March 28, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    all these stats mean for nothing it does not matter if its 4-0 in odi WCs and 2-0 in T20s what matters is performance it would have been better to give ur perspective on match at mohali favourites even ur great imran is saying ind are favs as they have a captain who can handle pressure way better than frenetic afridi even though msd isnot performing imagine if captain performs what will ur state be its better u can go home quickly from wagah border

  • Abdul Haseeb on March 28, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    "The winner on Wednesday will shift history in their country’s favour".Very true INSHALLAH Pakistan will win this game and make the history for his nation.

  • Sanjeev on March 28, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Thanks for running us down this memory lane. My dream is that they both should have met in a finals and called joint winners!They are the best teams right now. Wheather India wins OR Pakistan wins...doesnt make the other any less.Good luck to both!

  • Sindragosa on March 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Pakistan can win if they play to their strength - cheating.

  • sidra on March 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    all facts are nicely placed but we must not forget that teams keeps on changing and so does enthusiasm and thats what matter what happened in past does not reflect what will happen in future

  • Noman Aziz on March 28, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Not including Shoaib WILL be a mistake. Everyone wants to see the EXPRESS for one last time against his favorite opposition. Shoaib vs Sehwag/Tendulkar/Yuvjaj would be some contest regardless of who wins the contests.

    Good luck to team pakistan. We want to see a fight, winning and losing is secondary - like 2007 T20 WC.

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  • Noman Aziz on March 28, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Not including Shoaib WILL be a mistake. Everyone wants to see the EXPRESS for one last time against his favorite opposition. Shoaib vs Sehwag/Tendulkar/Yuvjaj would be some contest regardless of who wins the contests.

    Good luck to team pakistan. We want to see a fight, winning and losing is secondary - like 2007 T20 WC.

  • sidra on March 28, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    all facts are nicely placed but we must not forget that teams keeps on changing and so does enthusiasm and thats what matter what happened in past does not reflect what will happen in future

  • Sindragosa on March 28, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Pakistan can win if they play to their strength - cheating.

  • Sanjeev on March 28, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Thanks for running us down this memory lane. My dream is that they both should have met in a finals and called joint winners!They are the best teams right now. Wheather India wins OR Pakistan wins...doesnt make the other any less.Good luck to both!

  • Abdul Haseeb on March 28, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    "The winner on Wednesday will shift history in their country’s favour".Very true INSHALLAH Pakistan will win this game and make the history for his nation.

  • harshvardhan on March 28, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    all these stats mean for nothing it does not matter if its 4-0 in odi WCs and 2-0 in T20s what matters is performance it would have been better to give ur perspective on match at mohali favourites even ur great imran is saying ind are favs as they have a captain who can handle pressure way better than frenetic afridi even though msd isnot performing imagine if captain performs what will ur state be its better u can go home quickly from wagah border

  • Kartik on March 28, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Uhh .. why isn't 1996 in favour of India? I really think India 6 Pakistan 5 is a fair assessment considering that India has got the better of Pakistan in World Cup Matches ...

  • Pranoy Paul on March 28, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi,

    Thanks for the detailed, match wins in world cup for both the countries. Well can you also write some article on world cup clashes & wins between the two. I think that fact would be pretty interesting.

    ICC earns the profit from just one match. :)

    regards, Pranoy

  • Rahul Oak on March 28, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Very good analysis.... Really India v/s Pakistan is a contest that can stop a nation. Not sure what's going to happen on March 30 now. People have already given so much hype to this game and I really feel that this match should give some heart attacks. hah haha. Best of luck to both the teams. May the best team win on that day. But still as an Indian I will say. Cmon India " DE GHUMAKE ".

  • Cric Pundiit USA on March 28, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Nice Spin. However Indian fans read it as 3-0 in favour of India.