Arch rivals Pakistan and India are all set to face each other in Game 4 of the Asia Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the very ground that witnessed the green shirts’ victory against India in the 2014 Asia Cup.
The New York Times describes the rivalry: “It is as if all the feelings of the New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox rivalry in baseball, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid in soccer and England vs. Australia in any sport had been distilled and deepened with an extra dose of hostile geopolitics and the passions of 1.4 billion people.”
A Pakistan-India cricket match has been estimated to attract up to one billion viewers, according to TV ratings firms and various other reports. The 2011 World Cup semifinal between the two teams attracted around 988 million television viewers.
The traditional rivals have played six Twenty20 internationals with India leading 5-1 in head-to-heads. Here’s a look at the last five Pakistan vs India encounters in Twenty20 internationals.