World Health Organization: india vs pakistan
when: Saturday 14 October at 2pm (08:30 GMT)
Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India
Tomorrow, the eyes and ears of tens of millions of sports fans in South Asia and the rest of the cricket world will be focused on one thing – the much-anticipated match between ICC World Cup hosts India and regional rivals Pakistan.
This is Pakistan’s first visit to India since the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.
Pakistan, the 1992 World Cup champions, have never beaten two-time champions India in a 50-over World Cup match.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam is completely ignoring the past.
“I don’t think about the past, I would rather focus on the future,” Babar told reporters with a wry smile.
“All records are meant to be broken and we will try to break this record tomorrow.”
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 13, 2023
Ahead of the much-anticipated 12th match of this World Cup, both India and Pakistan had won their previous two games.
India defeated five-time champions Australia by six wickets in Chennai and then defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets in Delhi.
Pakistan played their first two games in Hyderabad – beating Netherlands by 81 runs in the first game and defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets thanks to a record-breaking batting chase under lights.
Pakistan player Babar said his message to his teammates was to see it as an opportunity to perform well and etch their names in the memories of the home crowd.
“The India-Pakistan game is a big game, a high-intensity contest. I tell my kids this is a great opportunity – do your best, execute your plan and believe in yourself,” he said.
Attendance has been a big talking point at this tournament, with half-empty stands clearly an eyesore.
There won’t be that problem on Saturday – the Narendra Modi Stadium is expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators.
Babar said Pakistan aimed to put on their best show in a “huge stadium” in front of a big crowd.
head to head
In one-day internationals, Pakistan’s record of 73 wins defeated India’s record of 56.
When it comes to the history of the Cricket World Cup, the scales have tilted heavily in favor of India. Pakistan have never defeated India in their seven encounters at the ICC ODI World Cup.
Both teams come into the match with two wins.
Pakistan beat the Netherlands in their first match and equaled Sri Lanka’s record total earlier in the week.
India started their World Cup campaign with a low-scoring win over Australia and swept past Afghanistan to win the second game.
Opener Shubman Gill, who missed the matches between Australia and Afghanistan due to dengue fever, has rejoined the team in Ahmedabad. Gill is also expected to miss the match against Pakistan and Ishan Kishan will continue to bat alongside Sharma.
India will also consider bringing back Ravichandran Ashwin, who is not good at spin.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s batting variety worked wonders against Sri Lanka, with Abdullah Shafiq hitting a hundred on his World Cup debut. It would leave the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman on the bench, at least in the short term, while also providing space for heavy reliance on captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (Mohammed Rizwan)’s batting line-up adds strength.
India: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaspit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafiq, Imam Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Saudi Arabia Shakir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf