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India vs Pakistan: Champions Trophy Rivalry

Both Kohli and Sarfraz will be leading their sides for the first time in an ICC tournament.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India walks off after his dismissal during the ICC Champions Trophy group A match between India and Pakistan at Centurion on September 26, 2009. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Defending champions India will start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on the 4th June at Edgbaston. It is not a hidden fact that cricket fans around the world are waiting eagerly for this big showdown. Due to the political turmoil between the two nations, they always face each other only in ICC events, may it be 50-over World Cup, World T20 or in Champions Trophy. Across the generations, players from both the teams have always been itching to play against each other which have led to some of the memorable moments and games.

There is a bitter truth which Pakistan team and their supporters have to accept that India have always had an upper hand against them at global events. Both in World Cup and in World T20, India have never lost to Pakistan. But in Champions Trophy, the Pakistani team has been a superior sides far as head to head record is concerned against India.

The two teams have clashed in this mega event thrice and the Men in Green have come up trumps twice. India though would like to square things up on 4th June and continue their dominance over the neighbours in ICC events. The fierce rivalry between the two nations have always billions of people to come together and it would be no different this time around. Here at CricTracker, we relive this greatest rivalry in Champions Trophy:

1. 2004 Edgbaston, Birmingham

Champions Trophy 2004 - India v Pakistan
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India faced Pakistan for the first time in Champions Trophy in 2004. Pakistan were raring to go in this match as the wounds of 2003 World Cup defeat were still fresh. Pakistan won the toss and invited India to bat first. Soon, the men in blue were reduced to 3/28 by Mohammad Sami and Naved Ul Hasan. India could never recover from early blows and could only muster 200, thanks, Rahul Dravid’s defiant 67. Pakistan were buoyed by the performance of their quicks as Shoaib Akhtar and Naved bagged four wickets.

Pakistan, too got off to a bad start as Irfan Pathan gave India the fillip they badly needed by reducing the opponents to 3/27. But then two of the experienced players, Yusuf Youhana (Now Mohammad Yousuf) and Inzamam built the innings with a half century. Yusuf continued his batting even as wickets fell around him. Finally, Pakistan won the match by 3 wickets which ebbed and flowed throughout. Yusuf who made unbeaten 81 was declared man of the match and Pakistan had finally beaten India in an ICC event.

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