Pakistan will take on Australia on Wednesday, June 12 in their fourth game of the 2019 ODI World Cup. Previously, the two teams have met nine times in World Cups with Australia winning five and Pakistan coming on the top four times. Here is a look at these encounters from the past.
Headingly, 1975 (Australia won by 73 runs)
The third match of the inaugural World Cup saw Pakistan and Australia lock horns against each other in Group-B encounter. Ian Chappell won the toss and elected to bat. Alan Turner provided a good start, scoring 46 off 56 deliveries. Chappell brothers consolidated the innings in the middle. Pakistan bowlers kept things in check for the most period until a late surge from Ross Edwards and tail propelled Australia's score to 278-7. Edwards remained unbeaten on 80 off 94 balls.
Despite having the services of greats like Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal and Mushtaq Muhammad, chasing this score down was always going to be a daunting task against a potent attack which had Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson. Sajid Mohammad, Abbas and Mushtaq Muhammad fell cheaply. Majid somewhat weathered the storm with his 65. Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal along with Wasim Raja showed some resistance and scored 53 and 31 respectively. The duo added 77 runs for the fifth wicket. But Lillee dismissed Asif Iqbal and then cleaned up Pakistan's tail to finish with figures of 5 for 34. The tail hardly offered any support and Pakistan were bowled out for 205. Lille was named the man-of-the-match for his five-for.
Trent Bridge, 1979 (Pakistan won by 89 runs)
The Aussies were entering the game on the back of a defeat against arch-rivals England and needed to win it to stay in the competition. John Hughes won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat. Sadiq Muhammad and Majid Khan gave an opening stand of 99 runs. Asif Iqbal led from the front and scored a brisk 61 off 57 deliveries. He was ably supported by Javed Miandad with a run-a-ball 46. Imran Khan and Wasim Raja finished well to take the team total to 286-7.
After a promising performance with the bat, Pakistan were spot on with their bowling and kept picking up wickets to keep the pressure on the Aussies. Opening batsman Andrew Hilditch scored 72-runs but other than him, no one stood firm. Australia were bundled out for 197 in 57 overs giving Pakistan a comfortable 89-run victory. Majid Khan and Sikander Bakht picked up three wickets apiece while Imran Khan bagged two scalps. Asif Iqbal was adjudged the man-of-the-match.
Lahore, 1987 (Australia won by 18 runs)
This time around the two sides met in the semi-final stage of the World Cup. Australians were coming into the game undefeated. Imran Khan, playing on his home ground, was confident of his team's chances.
Allan Border chose to bat. The Australian openers laid a solid foundation with a 73-run partnership for the first-wicket, followed by an 83-run stand for the second-wicket between David Boon and Dean Jones. They scored 65 and 38 respectively. Things were looking ominous for Pakistan as Aussies were threatening to reach 300 before Imran Khan single-handedly halted their progress by picking up three wickets for 17-runs in five overs as Australia were restricted to 267-8.
Pakistan's chase started horrendously as they were reduced to 38-3. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad began the consolidation act and resurrected the innings with a brilliant 112 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Imran fell to his counterpart Allan Border on 58. Wickets kept tumbling but Miandad kept fighting at the other end. His ballsy effort came to an end on 70 when Bruce Reid bowled him, and a vociferous Gaddafi Stadium crowd was stunned to silence. Craig McDermott, the man-of-the-match, finished off the tail and ended with 5-44. Pakistan were bowled out on 249.
Perth, 1992 (Pakistan won by 48 runs)
Pakistan needed to win the game to stay in contention for the semis. Imran Khan won the toss and elected to bat. Aamer Sohail and Rameez Raja laid a strong foundation with a 78-run stand before Javed Miandad further consolidated the innings with a 77-run stand for the third wicket with Sohail. Just when Pakistan were looking to accelerate, Sohail fell to Tom Moody on 74. Australian bowlers kept things tight towards the end and were helped by two run-outs of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ijaz Ahmed. Pakistan weren't able to capitalise on the advantage and could only muster 220-9 in their allotted overs.
Pakistan were quintessential with the ball as they kept the pressure on the Aussies from the start. Geoff Marsh and Dean Jones offered resistance with scores of 39 and 47 respectively after the early dismissals of David Boon and Tom Moody. Mark Waugh (30) was the only other player to enter the double figures for the Aussies as Pakistan ripped through the World Cup hosts' lineup. Aaqib Javed and Mushtaq Ahmed picked up three wickets each while Wasim Akram and Imran Khan bagged two scalps each as Australia were bundled out for 172 in the 46th over.
Headingly, 1999 (Pakistan won by 10 runs)
Steve Waugh won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat in their group-stage encounter. The decision turned out to be the right one as Pakistan were rattled to 46-3 early on. Abdul Razzaq and Inzamam-ul-Haq steadied the ship with a 118-run partnership in 27 overs. Razzaq fell on 60 while Inzamam scored 80. A late impetus to the innings was provided by Mohammad Yousuf (then Yousuf Youhana) (29) and Wasim Akram (13). A coruscating innings of 31 off 12 deliveries from Moin Khan propelled Pakistan's score to 278-8, with 111 runs of these coming in the last ten overs. Damien Fleming finished with the figures of two for 37.
Adam Gilchrist was dismissed without scoring in the group stage match against Pakistan ©AFP
In reply, Wasim Akram cleaned up Adam Gilchrist for a duck on the third ball of the innings. Ricky Ponting (47 off 60) and Mark Waugh (41 off 49) counter-attacked with some scintillating strokes but both fell in quick succession to Saqlain Mushtaq and Razzaq. Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan knitted a superb partnership of 113. The Australian duo was threatening to take the game away from Pakistan before Akram struck, dismissing Bevan for 61. Shoaib Akhtar then took the crucial wicket of Steve Waugh with a classical reverse swinging yorker and buried Australian chances of victory. Akram led from the front and took 4-40 while Saqlain picked up three wickets. Inzamam was named the man-of-the-match for his brilliant batting.
Lord's, 1999 (Australia won by 8 wickets)
The two sides faced-off in the final of the 1999 World Cup. Wasim Akram made an unexpected decision to bat first which soon proved wrong. Openers failed miserably. Ijaz Ahmed and Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan's makeshift number three, battled hard for 15 overs. Just when Pakistan looked to getting things back on track, Steve Waugh brought in Shane Warne, his trump card. Warne produced an absolute magical ball to dismiss Ijaz, the ball pitched on or just outside leg and hit off stump. The lower order failed and Pakistan were bowled-out for a paltry 132 in 39 overs. Warne finished with 4-33 in 9 overs.
Shane Warne produces a magic delivery to dismiss Ijaz Ahmed ©AFP
Early wickets were Pakistan's only chance but Adam Gilchrist had other ideas. He bludgeoned a 36-ball 54 and took the sting out of the game. Not only Australia cruised to victory in the 20th over with eight wickets in hand but this was the epoch of Australian dominance for the next ten years.
Shane Warne was named the man-of-the-match for his superb bowling.
Johannesburg, 2003 (Australia won by 82 runs)
In the first game for both sides in the 2003 World Cup. Waqar Younis won the toss and asked the Aussies to bat. The decision seemed to be the right one as the kangaroos were reduced to 86-4. Pakistan had Aussies on the ropes but once again they showed why they were the best side of the aught. Despite a top and middle order failure, Andrew Symonds bludgeoned 143 off 125 (18 fours and 2 sixes). The experienced fast-bowling trio of Wasim Akram, Waqar and Shoaib Akhtar had no answers to an inexorable Symonds. Australia finished on a formidable 310-8 in 50 overs.
Andrew Symonds smashed an unbeaten 143 off 125 balls in 2003 WC clash with Pakistan ©Getty
The daunting task of chasing such a total was made even more difficult by the Australia bowling attack. With some hostile bowling, the Aussies made early inroads. At no stage Pakistan were in the game, batsmen got starts but never capitalised. The only meaningful resistance came from Rashid Latif (33), Wasim Akram (33) and Razzaq (25) but it was too late as Pakistan succumbed under pressure and were bowled out for 228 in the 45th over, handing Australia an 82-run victory. Symonds was undoubtedly declared the man-of-the-match.
Colombo, 2011 (Pakistan won by 4 wickets)
With Pakistan eying the top spot in Group-A, Australia skipper Ricky Ponting decided to bat. Shane Watson fell early to Umar Gul but Brad Haddin (42) and Ponting (19) added 73 for the second wicket to keep things stable before Mohammad Hafeez dismissed Ponting. Michael Clarke scored 34 but it was, by and large, a struggle for the Australian batsmen as Pakistani spinners tightened the screws on a slow surface. The trio of Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Abdur Rehman among them bowled 29 overs and gave away just 94 runs for three wickets. Gul ended with figures of 3-30.
Umar Akmal and Brad Haddin exchange words as the latter is dismissed in 2011 WC clash ©AFP
Defending a low score, Australians were going to come hard. Brett Lee sent both openers, Kamran Akmal and Hafeez, back to the pavilion early. Younis Khan diverted pressure with a brisk 31 off 42. His partnership of 53 with Asad Shafiq tilted the game towards Pakistan. But Lee struck on consecutive balls to dismiss Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq to bring Australia back into the contest. Afridi also perished soon for just two. It could have gone either way from there but Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq came together to take Pakistan home from a tricky situation. Unfazed by the situation, Umar Akmal struck a brilliant 59-ball 44 to take Pakistan across the line. Pakistan's victory also ended Australia's 34-match winning streak in World Cups.
Adelaide Oval, 2015 (Australia won by 6 wickets)
This time around the two teams met in the quarter-final stage of the 2015 tournament. Pakistan chose to bat and once again their batting fragility was exposed against the quality pace attack comprising of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Batsmen got starts but no one went on to score big. Haris Sohail top scored with 41 while Hazlewood bagged four wickets as Pakistan were bundled out for 213.
Wahab Riaz bowled one of the most memorable spells in ODI WC history against Australia ©AFP
214 was never going to be enough against a powerhouse batting like Australia. But Pakistan did make early inroads by removing David Warner, Aaron Finch and skipper Michael Clarke cheaply. With Aussies three down for 59, Wahab Riaz arguably produced one of the greatest fast-bowling spells in the World Cup history. On Watson's arrival to the crease, he peppered him with short stuff at 150 kph. Watson swerved, ducked and danced as a relentless Wahab kept on delivering bouncers with fury and vengeance. After four overs, Watson finally top-edged one to fine-leg where Rahat Ali dropped a sitter. Watson along with Steve Smith weathered the storm and scored 64* and 65 respectively to steer Australia clear. Glenn Maxwell gave the final touches with a quick-fire 44 0ff 29 and Australia won the game with 16 overs to spare.
Hazlewood was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his four-for.