Kolkata, March 16: Through their 55-run victory over Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday (March 16), Pakistan not only avenged the defeat in Asia Cup a few weeks ago but also won their first-ever World Cup match in India.
Earlier to this, Pakistan had played World Cup matches on Indian soil twice, both of the 50-over version. On both instances, they lost to hosts India in the knock-out phase.
The first time Pakistan took part in a World Cup match in India was in March 1996 when they met Mohammad Azharuddin's side in the quarter final at Bengaluru. The visitors, who had won all their group matches except one on their own soil, lost the match by 39 runs to crash out of the tournament.
The second time Pakistan played a World Cup match in India was in 2011 and this time as well, they met the arch-rivals India in the semi-final at Mohali. They lost the match by 29 runs. Shahid Afridi was Pakistan's skipper while MS Dhoni led India.
The World Cup was also played in the sub-continent in 1987 but Pakistan played all their matches in their own country in that edition. They lost to Australia in the semifinal and hence did not get a chance to appear in the final at the Eden Gardens.
They are captaining their respective sides in this T20 World Cup as well. The two teams will also meet in a high-voltage Group 2 match at the Eden Gardens on March 19 (Saturday). Having lost their first match to New Zealand at Nagpur on Tuesday (March 15), Dhoni's men will be under more pressure in the match against Pakistan to remain alive in the tournament.