Remember the stellar Mauka Mauka ad from the 2015 Cricket World Cup? Riding high on the India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry, Mauka Mauka begins in March 1992 with a young Pakistani cricket supporter in Karachi saving up firecrackers to burst when Pakistan beats India at the World Cup. He is disappointed as his team loses the match. Cut to subsequent World Cups with him never being able to burst the crackers, the video ends at the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup semi-final with the supporter, who is now married and has a child, asking his son in anguish, "Kab phodenge yaar?" The rivalry between India and Pakistan on the cricketing pitch is well known. Being touted as one of the hottest matches at the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the arch-rivals will once again meet on June 16 at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. The two arch-rivals have met six times in the earlier World Cups with India coming top after every encounter. However, that does take away from any of the matches, all of which were stellar cricketing extravaganzas.
With India gearing up to face Pakistan yet again, one cannot wait anymore to see if Pakistan does finally get their long-awaited mauka to burst those crackers. As for their past encounters, here’s looking at a few past World Cup encounters between the two teams
Benson Hedges World Cup 1992
The first time the two nations met at the world cup, India put up a target of 216, thanks which the Pakistan team could not reach. India won the match by 43 runs and a young man who would become the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar played an unbeaten 54.
Wills World Cup 1996
Remembered for the verbal tiff between Aamer Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad, after Sohail hit Prasad’s ball for a boundary, the match saw the Indian pacer get sweet revenge when he clean-bowled Sohai in the very next ball. India won the match by 39 runs.
ICC World Cup 1999
Their third consecutive World Cup encounter saw Mohammed Azharuddin defeat Pakistan with a grand score of 227 which Pakistan could not beat, being bowled out at 180.
World Cup League Match 2003
India won by 6 wickets after they beat Pakistan's 273 runs. The match also saw Tendulkar's stellar 98, even though he got dismissed just short of two runs to century.
ICC Cricket World Cup, Semifinal, 2011
A disastrous fielding by Pakistan was met by some stellar bowling by the Indian team in the second half that saw India winning the match by 29 runs.