Mohali: Arch foes with a bitter political past, India and Pakistan make for a fascinating cricketing rivalry which stokes passions, sometimes to inflammable levels, on both sides of the border whenever the two teams clash.
Shared history -- albeit bitter -- only adds to the emotional quotient of Indo-Pak contests where victory and defeat is not just a result but a matter of national pride.
Many cricketers have admitted to being at their wit’s end while trying to deal with the pressure of playing Indo-Pak contests and the stage does not get bigger than the World Cup semi-finals.
The explosive clash in Mohali today is the first match between the two neighbours on Indian soil after the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, which led to snapping of bilateral cricket ties between the two nations.
They have faced each other in four World Cup matches in the past and India have come out trumps on all these occasions even though Pakistan have a clear edge in the overall record, winning 69 of their 119 clashes so far.
Even on Indian soil, Pakistan have the upper-hand in record books, having managed 17 wins in 26 matches.
But records and results of the past are never known to make much of a difference in international cricket as was highlighted in India`s five-wicket win over three-time defending champions Australia.
Besides, an Indo-Pak clash is always much more than just statistics and result.
Tensions run high both on and off the field and players don`t just have to perform, they also have to soak in the intensity of the atmosphere.
And in the World Cup, it seems the Indians do the job better.
The first time these two teams clashed on the big stage was back in 1992 and India was a comprehensive winner by 43 runs in Sydney.
They faced each other again in the very next edition and in a charged-up encounter which had its fair share of drama between players, the Indians romped home by 39 runs.
The script was repeated in 1999 and 2003 as well with India winning by 47 runs and six wickets respectively.
Both the team were eliminated early in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean which didn`t allow them to come face to face in that edition.
But for the fans who call it the `mother of all battles`, the wait has not been too long as the two foes, who have fought wars and traded bitter words in diplomatic circles, face off once again on the biggest stage in cricket.
Virender Sehwag (India) – 309 at Multan stadium, on March 28, 2004
Javed Miandad (Pakistan) – 280 at Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad on January 14, 1983
Highest total series wicket taker
Imran Khan (Pakistan) – 94 wickets
Kapil Dev (India) – 99 wickets
Best bowling figures in an innings
Anil Kumble (India) – 10/74 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on February 7, 1999
Imran Khan (Pakistan) – 8/60 at National Stadium, Karachi on December 27.
World Cup games between the two countries
1. India won by 43 runs at Sydney on March 4, 1992
2. India won by 39 runs at Bangalore on March 9, 1996.
3. India won by 47 runs at Manchester on June 8, 1999
4. India won by 6 wickets at Centurion on March 1, 2003.
Tests  ODIs T20Is
Matches played 59 119 2
Won by Pakistan 12 69 0
Won by India 9 46 1
Draw/Tie/No result 38 4 1
Highest team score
Pakistan – 699/5, at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on December 1, 1989 – Match Result: Drawn
India – 675/5 (declared), at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan, on March 28, 2004 – Match Result: India won by an innings and 52 runs.
Lowest team score
India – 106 all out, Pakistan won by an innings and 43 runs at University Ground, Lucknow – October 23 to October 26, 1952
Pakistan – 116 all out, Pakistan won by 16 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – March 13 to March 17, 1987
Highest innings score
India – 356/9, India beat Pakistan by 58 runs at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam on April 5, 2005
Pakistan – 344/8, India beat Pakistan by 5 runs at National Stadium, Karachi on March 13, 2004
Lowest innings score
India – 79, Pakistan beat India by 8 Wickets at Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot on October 13, 1978
Pakistan – 87, India beat Pakistan by 38 Runs at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah on March 22, 1985
Highest total chased
Pakistan – 322, Pakistan beat India by 4 wickets at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali – Chandigarh on November 8, 2007
India – 316, India beat Pakistan by 3 Wickets at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka on Jan 18, 1998
Most career runs
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 2403 runs
Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 2389 runs
Highest individual score
Pakistan – Saeed Anwar 194
India – MS Dhoni 148
India – 231 between Sachin Tendulkar & Singh Sidhu at Sharjah
Pakistan – 230 between Saeed Anwar & Ijaz Ahmed at Dhaka
Best bowling figures
India – 5 wickets for 16 runs by Sourav Ganguly in 1997 at Toronto
Pakistan – 7 wickets for 37 runs by Aaqib Javed in Sharjah
Biggest Victory margins
Pakistan – 150 run victory at Delhi in 2005
India – 140 run victory at Dhaka in 2008
Smallest totals & victory margins
Pakistan – 4 runs at Sharjah in 1993
India – 4 runs at Quetta in 1978
India conceded 41 extras at a Mohali game on 8 November 2007. Pakistan have conceded 31 extras.
All-time highest wicket taker
Wasim Akram (Pakistan) – 60 Wickets
Anil Kumble & Javagal Srinath (India) – 54 Wickets
ODI matches summary
Total 119 Matches – 46 won by India, 69 won by Pakistan. No result 4
26 matches in India – 9 won by India, 17 won by Pakistan.
27 matches in Pakistan – 11 won by India, 14 won by Pakistan. No result 2.
66 matches in neutral countries. 26 won by India. 38 won by Pakistan. No result 2
Winner in ODI Series
None Refers to 3rd Team
1978 India in Pakistan Winner Pakistan
1982 India in Pakistan Winner Pakistan
1983 Pakistan in India Winner India
1984 Asia Cup Winner India
1984 India in Pakistan, called off
1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket (in Australia) Winner India
1985 Rothmans Four-Nations Cup (Australia, England, India, Pakistan in United Arab Emirates) Winner India
1985 Rothmans Sharjah Cup (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None
1986 Austral-Asia Cup Winner Pakistan
1986 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None
1987 Pakistan in India Winner Pakistan
1987 Sharjah Cup Winner None
1988 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner None
1988 ASIA CUP Winner India
1989 Champions Trophy (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner Pakistan
1989 MRF World Series (Nehru Cup) Winner Pakistan
1989 India in Pakistan Winner Pakistan
1990 Austral-Asia Cup Winner Pakistan
1991 Wills Trophy (India, Pakistan, West Indies in United Arab Emirates) Winner Pakistan
1994 Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup Winner Pakistan
1994 Singer World Series (Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) Winner India
1995 Asia Cup Winner India
1996 Singer Cup (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Singapore) Winner Pakistan
1996 Pepsi Sharjah Cup (India, Pakistan, South Africa in United Arab Emirates) Winner (None)
1996 Sahara ‘Friendship’ Cup (India, Pakistan in Canada) Winner Pakistan
1997 Pepsi Independence Cup (India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in India) Winner (Pakistan)
1997 Pepsi Asia Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) Winner (None)
1997 Sahara ‘Friendship’ Cup (India, Pakistan in Canada) Winner India
1997 India in Pakistan ODI Series Winner Pakistan
1998 Silver Jubilee Independence Cup (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan in Bangladesh) Winner India
1998 Sahara ‘Friendship’ Cup (India, Pakistan in Canada) Winner Pakistan
1999 Pepsi Cup (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in India) Winner Pakistan
1999 Coca-Cola Cup (England, India, Pakistan in United Arab Emirates) Winner Pakistan
2000 Asia Cup Winner Pakistan
2000-2003 No Series
2004 India in Pakistan Samsung Cup Winner India
2004 Asia Cup Winner (None)
2005 Pakistan in India Videocon Cup Winner Pakistan
2006 India in Pakistan Hutch Cup Winner India
2007 Pakistan in India Indian Oil Cup ODI Series Winner India
2008 Asia Cup Winner (None)
2009 No Series
2010 Asia Cup Winner [India]
2011 Worldcup (Semi-final) Winner [TBD]
With Agency Inputs