India vs Pakistan is one of the biggest rivalries in T20 World Cup history. 

India and Pakistan made their T20 World Cup debut in the inaugural edition of the marquee T20 tournament in South Africa in 2007.

Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India pipped Pakistan in a bowl-out after their first T20 World Cup meeting ended in a tie during a group match in Durban in 2007.

Both India and Pakistan later clashed once again in the same tournament in the T20 World Cup 2007 final in Johannesburg.

The MS Dhoni-led Men in Blue overcame Pakistan by five runs in a thrilling final to clinch their maiden T20 World Cup title.

Since then, India and Pakistan have faced each other in eight T20 World Cup matches so far. India have won six of the eight games while Pakistan have registered just a solitary victory in 2021. The other game ended in a tie.

Both the sides have registered numerous records during their enthralling battles and here we take a closer look at some of those India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup records and stats.

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup records and stats

Highest total

The Indian cricket team holds the record for the highest total in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history. During a T20 World Cup 2022 group match, the Rohit Sharma-led India scored 160/6 in their successful chase of Pakistan’s 159/8. Chasing a competitive total, India were reduced to 4/31 in 6.1 overs before Virat Kohli (82 not out) and Hardik Pandya (40) guided India to a memorable victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia. India secured a nail-biting four-wicket win in the final ball of the game.

Lowest total

The Pakistan cricket team registered the lowest total in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history. After their T20 World Cup 2016 Super 10 match was reduced to 18 overs a side, Pakistan could only manage 118/5 against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. For the visitors, former captain Shoaib Malik top-scored with 26 off 16 balls. In reply, the MS Dhoni-led hosts rode on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 55 off 37 balls to chase down the target in 15.5 overs. India won the game comprehensively by six wickets.

Most runs

Virat Kohli holds the record for the most runs in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup matches. Between 2012 and 2024, Virat Kohli has scored 312 runs in six innings against Pakistan, including four fifties to his name. For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan has the most runs in this high-profile fixture with 114 runs in three games at an average of 57.

Most wickets

India medium-fast bowler Hardik Pandya has the most wickets in this T20 World Cup fixture. The right-arm pacer has bagged six wickets in four matches against Pakistan between 2016 and 2014. For Pakistan, former right-arm pacer Haris Rauf bagged the most wickets against India in the T20 World Cup history with six scalps to his name.

Highest individual score

Virat Kohli registered the highest individual score in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history. Batting at number three, Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls against Pakistan during a T20 World Cup 2022 clash at the iconic MCG. Kohli’s match-winning knock was laced with six fours and four maximums. His knock guided India to a thrilling four-wicket win in Melbourne. 

Best bowling figures

Mohammad Asif has the best bowling figures in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup matches. The former right-arm pacer registered figures of 4/18 in his four overs against India in a T20 World Cup 2007 group match in Durban. Asif dismissed Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik to restrict India to 141/9 in their 20 overs. While the match later ended in a tie, India edged Pakistan in a bowl-out.

Highest partnership

Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam hold the record for the highest partnership in India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam forged an unbeaten 152-run stand for the opening wicket while chasing India’s 151/7 in a T20 World Cup 2021 group match in Dubai. Rizwan scored 79 not out while Babar remained unbeaten on 68 to guide Pakistan to a 10-wicket victory at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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