This highly-anticipated clash between the 2 arch-rivals took place on the 14th of October, 2023. Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, hosted this intense encounter with more than 100,000 spectators in it. With 2 consecutive wins in hand, both teams strived for a 3rd World Cup victory to solidify their chances of making it to the Semis. In this blog, we will enlighten you with every comprehensive detail that you need to know about this epic game of cricket.
Without further ado, let’s dive right in!
Toss and Playing XIs
The Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, won the toss and chose to bowl first in this high-pressure match.
The playing XI for both teams are listed below:
Pakistan’s Playing XI
1. Abdullah Shafique
3. Babar Azam (captain)
4. Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper)
5. Saud Shakeel
6. Iftikhar Ahmed
7. Shadab Khan
8. Mohammad Nawaz
9. Hasan Ali
10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
11. Haris Rauf
India’s Playing XI
1. Rohit Sharma (captain)
2. Shubman Gill
3. Virat Kholi
4. Shreyas Iyer
5. KL Rahul (wicket-keeper)
6. Hardik Pandya
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Shakul Thakur
9. Jasprit Bumrah
10. Kuldeep Yadav
11. Mohammad Siraj
Ind vs Pak World Cup 2023 Scorecard
You can find the scorecard of this action-packed game below:
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- An Even Start
The two Pakistani openers, Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq, stepped on the ground, eager to meet their fan’s expectations in this Ind vs Pak match. Taking their time getting familiar with the pitch conditions, the duo started slow. However, soon, they were able to form a 41-run partnership off 48 balls.
Unfortunately, Pakistan’s 1st wicket fell in the 8th over. Abdullah Shafique had to depart for 20 runs for an LBW by Mohammad Siraj. The Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam, joined Imam at the crease. They put together 32 more runs on the scoreboard.
In the 13th over, an edge resulted in an easy catch for KL Rahul and the departure of Imam. This led to Hardik Pandya bagging his 1st wicket in this high-intensity clash. The scoreboard for Pakistan read 73/2 after 13 overs.
- Babar-Rizwan 82-run Partnership
Mohammad Rizwan joined his skipper at the crease. In the 14th over, the wicket-keeper batsman was given out on an LBW appeal by Ravindra Jadeja. A quick review by Rizwan resulted in the reversal of the decision in Pakistan’s favour.
The famous Pakistani duo played defensively and kept adding valuable runs to their team’s total. Babar and Rizwan were able to put together an 82-run partnership, which helped them take their team’s score from 73/2 to 155/2.
Babar displayed his batting skills by smashing his iconic cover drives. Soon, the Pakistani captain was celebrating his maiden Cricket World Cup 2023 half-century. He accomplished this feat off 57 balls in the 29th over.
Unfortunately, Babar’s celebration was short-lived as he was dismissed right in the next over. He was bowled by Mohammad Siraj, earning the bowler his 2nd wicket of the match.
- Middle-Order Collapse Derails Pakistan
Saud Shakeel replaced Babar to accompany Mohmmad Rizwan on the crease. However, he was only able to contribute 6 runs to his team’s total when an LBW appeal was made by Kuldeep Yadav against him. It was given not-out by the on-field umpire, but the Indian review led to Saud’s departure.
Infikhar Ahmed now came out in hopes of saving his team from downfall. However, he was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav in the same over. Iftikhar was only able to score 4 runs in the form of a boundary.
The biggest setback for the Pakistani team awaited in the 34th over. The only stable player, Mohammad Rizwan, was removed by a stunning delivery by Jasprit Bumrah. The wicket-keeper batsman scored the 2nd highest runs for the Pakistani team, i.e. 49 runs off 68 balls.
The two Pakistani all-rounders, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz, now found themselves at the crease. In the 35th over, Bumrah struck again, and Shadab had to return to the pavilion for a mere score of 2 runs. The Pakistani team found themselves in grave danger with alarming figures of 171/7 on the scoreboard.
- Disappointing Finish For Pakistan
Mohammad Nawaz was now joined by Hasan Ali at the crease. An unlucky edge on Hasan’s bat led to a boundary for Pakistan.
Things quickly turned from bad to worse as Mohammad Nawaz was forced to return to the dugout for only 4 runs off 13 balls. He was caught out by Bumrah on Hardik Pandya’s delivery.
Hasan Ali soon followed his partner’s pursuit as he turned to the pavilion in 41st over. The Pakistani innings came to an end when Haris Rauf was given as an LBW after India’s review. It earned Ravindra Jadeja his 2nd wicket.
4 of the main Pakistan middle-order batters failed to get in double figures, which led to an insufficient total of 191 runs. Pakistan finished their innings as the whole team was bowled out in 42.5 overs.
- Rohit Sharma Helps India To A Flying Start
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma stepped onto the Ahmedabad ground with 192 runs to chase. However, in the 3rd over, an early loss for India came. Shaheen Afridi removed Shubman Gill for only 16 runs off 10 deliveries.
The Indian star, Virat Kohli, now joined his skipper at the crease. The two senior players were able to form a partnership of 56 runs off 42 balls.
Rohit wasted no time in showcasing his incredible batting skills. He smashed a total of 6 fours and 6 sixes in his impressive knock.
Virat Kohli fell prey to Mohammad Nawaz in the 10th over. Kohli was only able to reduce his team’s chase by 16 runs. Things looked in India’s control as they found themselves at 79/2 in the 10th over.
- Rohit-Shreyas 77-run Partnership Guides India To Victory
Shreyas Iyer came out at # 4 position. Shreyas confidently stood by his skipper’s side and smashed 3 boundaries and 2 maximums. Together, the pair were able to create a union of 77 runs off 71 balls.
In the 14th over, Sharma celebrated his half-century off just 36 deliveries. Rohit’s magnificent knock came to an end in the 22nd over. He was removed by Shaheen Shah Afridi for an impressive 86 runs off 63 balls.
- Shreyas Iyer Finishes With Style
The wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul accompanied Shreyas Iyer at the crease. They put together 36 runs on the scoreboard. In the 31st over, only 5 runs were required to win. Shreyas sealed his team’s victory by smashing a six.
It also completed Shreyas’ half-century off 62 balls. KL Rahul made 19 runs off 29 balls and remained not out at the end of the innings. India secured their 3rd Cricket World Cup 2023 Win by 7 wickets and 19 overs remaining.
The action-packed Ind vs Pak match led to a new record of 8-0. The Indian team remains undefeated by Pakistan in ODIs in all encounters of Cricket World Cups. Jasprit Bumrah was named as the Player of the Match for his stellar spell of 2/19 in 7 overs.
This match also produced another achievement for the Indian Skipper. Rohit Sharma completed his 300 sixes, making him the 1st ODI player to do so. The clash between these arch-rivals was enjoyed by more than 100,000 in-stadium fans. It also broke many online viewership records.
Mohammad Siraj, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shaheen Shah Afridi were all able to bag 2 wickets each. In the batting department, impressive performances were displayed by Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Rizwan, and Babar Azam.