Ranking the Top 25 India vs. Pakistan ODIs of All Time

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Ranking the Top 25 India vs. Pakistan ODIs of All Time
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It is often our immediate and, of course, our natural inclination to regard the Ashes as cricket's greatest bilateral contest. 

With almost 140 years of unforgettable history, England and Australia's enduring battle is unquestionably the game's most time-honoured spectacle.

Yet, for those of us who reside outside of the bubbling cricket furnace that is the subcontinent, it's difficult to grasp the true intensity of the rivalry between India and Pakistan. 

Whereas England and Australia's rivalry is entrenched only in the sporting domain, the subcontinental battle between India and Pakistan is set against the backdrop of political, cultural and religious tension. Since the partition of British India in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three major wars, one undeclared war, and countless other political and military standoffs. 

Unlike the region of Kashmir, cricket is a common ground in which they share. The game provides a place where battles can be had, but lives not lost. 

Consequently, encounters between these two great cricketing nations often morph into colossal exhibitions of national pride; the victors bathing in an uplifting sense of superiority over their closest and most fierce rivals. 

It is in the one-day arena that we've perhaps witnessed the most enthralling duels between the two countries, with nowhere on earth cherishing the limited-overs formats quite like the cricket lovers in India and Pakistan.

So with another Asia Cup underway and the sides set to meet on Sunday, we count down the finest One Day Internationals contested by these two great cricketing nations.

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