Nothing can be better than watching an India-Pakistan game. Be it any form of the game, the rivalry between the two teams offers a lot of drama and excitement. Since the beginning of the sport, India against Pakistan has been one of the best rivalries. The two nations have produced some great players like Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram, Rahul Dravid, and Imran Khan, and the list doesn’t end. Due to some political reasons, India and Pakistan do not play bilateral series anymore. In the test format of the game, both teams have contributed to some historic games. India has produced some great batters who have played against the pace battery of Pakistan. Let us look at the top 10 highest scores by India against Pakistan in the Test format.
It is India’s highest score against Pakistan in the test format of the game. India scored 675/5d in the first innings of the game which took place on 28th March 2004 in Multan. After winning the toss, India decided to bat first on a batting-friendly deck. It was a record-breaking match for Virender Sehwag as he became the first Indian batter to score 300 runs (309 off 375) in an innings. His historic innings involved 39 fours and six 6s. The second-best scorer for India was the master, Sachin Tendulkar, who smashed 194*, which involved 21 fours. India went on to win the match by an innings and 52 runs after a stellar performance with the ball by Anil Kumble, who picked up six wickets in the second innings.
India smashed 626 runs against their arch-rivals, Pakistan on 8th December, 2007. On the flat track of Bengaluru, where the batters are willing to bat, India bashed the bowling attack of Pakistan. It was the third match of Pakistan’s tour of India, in which India elected to bat. Sourav Ganguly scored a mammoth 239 in the first innings, including 30 fours and two 6s. Yuvraj Singh also smashed a century, scoring 169 in the first innings. The match ended in a draw after the valiant efforts of Ishant Sharma and skipper Anil Kumble, who claimed a fifer in the first and the second innings, respectively.
India scored 616/5d against Pakistan at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It was during the Pakistan tour of India in 2007/08. On 20th November 2007, India elected to bat first and posted a mammoth 616 on the board. Wasim Jaffer scored a double-century in the first innings, including 34 fours. Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman scored 102 and 112, respectively. Harbhajan Singh took a fifer in the first innings. In the second innings, Jaffer scored a half-century. It was the second match of the tour that ended in a draw.
India and Pakistan games have had some big scores from both sides. India scored a mammoth 603 runs on 21st January 2006 in Faisalabad. In reply to Pakistan’s 558 in the first innings, India took a fifteen-run lead after scoring 603. Skipper Rahul Dravid scored 103, while the young wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni notched 148 runs in 153 deliveries. Irfan Pathan also scored a brilliant 90, and RP Singh took five wickets in the match for which he was given the MOTM award. This was the second match of India’s tour of Pakistan that ended in a draw.
The Rawalpindi test of 2004 witnessed another high-scoring encounter between the two nations. This time, India dominated the test from ball one and bowled out Pakistan for a meager total of 224 after Lakshmipathy Balaji took four wickets in the first innings. In reply, the wall, Rahul Dravid scored a mammoth double-century and contributed with 270 runs. VVS Laxman And the skipper Sourav Ganguly scored 71 and 77, respectively, taking India to 600. In the second innings, Pakistan was bowled out again for just 245 runs as Anil Kumble took four wickets and Balaji took 3. India won the match by an innings and 131 runs.
We finally came to a total of under 600 now. This match dates back to 1961, 22 years before India won its first World Cup. On 13th January, in Chennai, India was chasing a first innings total of 448 after having to bowl first. India scored 539/9d, thanks to the brilliant contributions of Chandu Borde and Polly Umrigar, who scored 177 and 117, respectively. It was the fourth match of the tour that ended in a draw.
On 3rd February 1987, Pakistan toured India, and both played the first match of the series. Pakistan batted first and put up a formidable score of 487/9 on the board. In reply, India smashed 527/9, taking a 40-run lead in Chennai. Kris Srikanth scored a brilliant 123, followed by Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, and Dilip Vengsarkar , who scored 91, 89, and 96, respectively. The match ended in a draw.
Pakistan toured India in 2005 for a test series. It was the first test on the 8th of March in Mohali. Pakistan scored a decent 312, to which India replied with a mammoth 516. Opener Virender Sehwag scored a brilliant 173 runs, followed by the master blaster, who scored 94. Anil Kumble and Laskhmipathy Balaji took 6 and 9 wickets in the match, respectively. The match ended in a draw.
India scored 509 runs this time in the Lahore test of 1989. On 1st December, India opted to bat first, which proved fruitful as Sanjay Manjrekar scored a devastating 218 and helped India to put on a formidable total. The match ended in a draw as Pakistan scored 699/5.
Just one year after India won the WC in 1983, the nation toured Pakistan. India elected to bat first in the second test of the tour and scored 500 runs in the first innings. Sandip Patil and Ravi Shastri scored 127 and 139, respectively, and helped India to get to 500. The match ended in a draw.