Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan has never been consistent, thanks to cold war among the two countries. Resultant? whenever green and blue team clash on field, anticipation is very high. The last bilateral series was way back in Nov-Dec 2007. Few meetings here and there plus that World Cup semifinal clash at Mohali ~ Pakistan are now to tour India for the first time in 5 years, playing a series of two T20s and then 5 ODIs..
The series is squeezed mid-way through England's tour of India as English return home for Christmas. After long thoughts, Indian government has given a go to the series and their neighbours were more than willing to send the team over.
Pakistan arrive in Bangalore on 22nd December with first Twenty20 at M Chinnaswamy stadium three days later before second one at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad a day later. Visitors return to Southern India to MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai for 1st one day internationals on December 30th and then celebrate new year. 2nd and 3rd ODI are at Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Head to head
From 126 ODIs, Pakistan leads India 69 to 48 with 4 no results and 5 abandoned games. Even in India, Pakistan lead 17 to 10 with 2 no results!