Asia Cup - Pakistan vs India – Head to Head ODI analysis
Following an embarrassing loss to hosts Bangladesh, a wounded Indians gear up to tackle old rivals Pakistan in the 5th Match of the Asia Cup, played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Overall, the teams have battled out in 125 games, with the Men In Green holding edge by claiming 69 wins as opposed to the Indians, who have managed 47. Four Games have ended in no result while the rest were abandoned for one or the other.
Both teams have played 9 matches since the inaugural Asia Cup, where they are currently locked at 4 wins each. In 2010, the last tournament, India defeated their old foes by 3 wickets. They chased down 268 set by their opponents with Gautam Gambhir being named the Player of the Match for his inspiring knock of 83.
The Indians have won the Asia Cup 5 times, followed by Sri Lanka (4), while Pakistan has only managed the feat just once, way back in 2000.
As far as the batting records are concerned, retired Men In Green opener, Saeed Anwar currently holds the record for the highest individual score between the two country – with his effort of 194 being head and shoulder above the rest.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 148 in April 2005 remains the best by an Indian player, whereas out of favour Shoaib Malik currently holds the record for the highest score ( 143) at a neutral ground ( Colombo – 2004).
Sachin Tendulkar tops with 5 centuries against Pakistan, with Salman Butt sharing that accolade vice versa, with the same no of centuries. Tendulkar also holds the record for scoring most runs (2225), while former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has 2403 runs to his name – the highest by a Pakistani.
Tendulkar has further scored the most runs for India in Asia Cup, 919 at an impressive average of 51.05. For Pakistan Inzamam has been the consistent run getter, with his 15 matches yielding 591 runs at 59.10.
Among the current group, Younis Khan has scored 493 runs in this competition, averaging a healthy 54.77. However, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya tops the chart with 1220 – the only player in the history of Asia Cup to score over 1000 runs.  
Bowling records: While in recent times the bowling has taken a considerable back seat, the records has been set more or less before the turn of the century. Aaqib Javed’s 7 for 37 in 1991 at Sharjah still remains the best bowling figures between the two teams. From India, Sourav Ganguly has the best match figures with his burst of 5 for 16 at Toronto in 1997.
As for as the Asia Cup is concerned, Muttiah Muralitharan has taken the most wickets with 30, while Irfan Pathan is the most effective Indian bowler in the competition ( 21 wickets – at 25.52). For Pakistan, Abdul Qadir (17) holds that record, while among the current players Saeed Ajmal is the most effective with 11 scalps.
For the upcoming game – the equation seems simple, where the deciding element lies in the ability of the Indian players to deal with the intimidating threat of the Pakistani bowlers.
Despite being in top form, Umar Gul’s overall record against India is appalling where is averaging a mediocre 47, with an economy rate above 6.  Saeed Ajmal is played just 4 matches however, has taken 8 wickets at an impressive 22.25.
For the Indians new promoted vice skipper Virat Kohli will be keen to maintain his impressive form despite averaging just 14.33 in the three matches played against Pakistan. 

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