War and major conflicts have kept the countries apart but if there is one thing that can unite the 1.6 billion people living in both countries, it is cricket.
5. Quetta, 1978, bilateral series
Result: India won by 4 runs.
Let's start things with the first-ever ODI played between India and Pakistan. The match was played on October 1 at the Ayub National Stadium. ODI cricket was still in its early days and this match was scheduled to be a 40 overs per side instead of the 50 we are now used to.
India batted first and scored 170 for the loss of 7 wickets in their 40 overs. Mohinder Amarnath top scored with 51 followed by his brother, Surinder who made 37.
A useful knock by Dilip Vengsarkar (34) took India to 170. Pakistan's bowling was economical with all their bowlers having an economy rate of below 5 with Sarfaraz Nawaz the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/34 in his 8 overs.
Coming out to chase, Pakistan's batting lineup didn't stand up according to their caliber. Majid Khan top-scored with 50 and Zaheer Abbass scored 26 runs. Some late cameos from Nawaz (14 not out of 13 balls) and Wasim Bari (11 not out of 13 balls) gave Pakistanis a winning chance but they fell agonizingly short by 4 runs. Pakistan's score was 166/8 in their 40 overs.
Mohinder Amarnath took 2 wickets for 38 runs and along with his 51 runs knock was awarded the Player of the Match award.