Here are details of five best bowling figures by Indians against Pakistan in One Day International (ODI) cricket.
India and Pakistan all set to confront each other in the Champions Trophy 2017 final on Sunday, June 18 at The Oval. For players of both sides performing in this match is the best opportunity to get heroic treatment from cricket fans. Players from both sides want to play this match as it offers a unique experience. India, who had an outstanding winning record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments, defeated Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening match of Group B. Indian batsmen have always done well against Pakistan, but bowlers on many occasions had to face a nightmare. At the same time bowlers, on series of occasions, delivered India victory.
So, here are five best bowling figures by Indians against Pakistan in One Day International (ODI) cricket.
Former Indian skipper was known for his batting, but on many occasions his slow medium pace worked well and had given break to his team. In 1997, during the Sahara ‘Friendship Cup’ in Toronto, Ganguly picked up 5 for 16 in 10 overs against Pakistan. This was the third match of the series. Ganguly’s career best bowling came after posting 182 runs target for Pakistan. Due to Ganguly’s perfect use of conditions Pakistan bowled out for 148. India won the match by 34 runs.
Not many cricket fans know him, but this off-spinner has a remarkable impact during his 32 ODI matches and 13 Test matches career for India. Ayub’s best bowling figure against Pakistan was 21 for 5 in nine overs at Dhaka. Ayub’s off-break bamboozled Pakistan for paltry 142. His career best bowling figure inspired India to win the match by four wickets.
When it comes to playing arch-rivals Venkatesh Prasad was one of the best weapons for then Team Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. Prasad’s pace and swing at wet Edgbaston conditions rattled Pakistan side in the 1999 World Cup match. India had won the toss and elected to bat first and post 227 for 6 in 50 overs.
When Pakistan came to chase the target, Prasad’s rattled them claiming 5 for 27 in 9.3 overs. Prasad got good accompany from fellow pacer Javagal Srinath and spinner Anil Kumble, who shared five wickets between them. India won the match by 47 runs and kept their World Cup winning record against Pakistan intact.
The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was known for his batting credentials, but his slow leg spin on many occasions won India matches. In 2005 bilateral series between India and Pakistan batsman Sachin Tendulkar failed to make an impact with his bat in hand in Kochi, but, opener Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid’s 108 and 104 led India to set a 282 runs target for Pakistan.
Pakistan had got a mixed start while chasing the target. Their top order failed to give a good start. So, middle order batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez were pulling out Pakistan from the danger zone. At this moment skipper Rahul Dravid introduced leg-spinner, Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar’s leg spin bamboozled Pakistan middle order as he claimed 5 for 50 in 10 overs. His victims were Inzamam, Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Sami. India won the match by 87 runs.
The legendary Indian spinner’s best bowling figure against Pakistan was 4 for 12 in Toronto during Sahara ‘Friendship Cup’ in Canada. After India post a 192 runs target, Pakistan faced Kumble’s wrath as he claimed four wickets for 12 runs to inspire India to win the match by 55 runs.
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