Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have been long-time arch rivals and their rivalry is considered one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world. An India-Pakistan cricket match has been estimated to attract up to one hundred million television viewers according to well respected TV ratings firm Initiative, and defeat is usually unacceptable to fans of both teams. In world cup matches between these sides, India interestingly has a 4-0 record over Pakistan instead of the usual lead of Pakistan in the total matches between these two sides. Although in champions trophy matches between these sides, Pakistan has a 2-0 record over India.
Rrivalry began with the Partition of India in 1947, with Pakistan being created, the subsequent Kashmir dispute and the wars and conflicts that followed afterward between the two countries. This dispute has affected both diplomatic and political relations, and the same animosity can be felt on the field. A match between the two countries is often equated with war.
The first ever test match between India and Pakistan was played at Delhi - 16 to 18 October 1952. It was a four day test, India required just three days to beat Pakistan by an innings and 70 runs. India won the 5-match series 2-1 and then, the following 10 tests were draws. Pakistan first series win against India came after 26 years, in 1978-79 series. In the late 1980s & 90s, the Indian and Pakistani cricket teams played each other in non-Test-playing nations venues such as Canada (Toronto) and the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah). The series between the teams in Canada in the 1990s and early 2000s were officially known as the "Friendship Cup". In early 2009, India was scheduled to begin a tour of Pakistan from January 13 to February 19, 2009, but was cancelled because of the tension existing between the two countries after the Mumbai Terror Attacks, in November 2008.