The 12th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 featured the highly anticipated India vs Pakistan encounter, held on Saturday, October 14th, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This stadium bore witness to numerous records being both set and shattered during this thrilling encounter.
In the cricketing world, there are several intense rivalries, but none quite matches the fervor of an India vs Pakistan match. The stadium in Ahmedabad was jam-packed, with an astounding presence of over 100,000 spectators.
In yesterday’s match, India won the toss and proposed batting to Pakistan and they were seen struggling with a lot of problems while batting in the field.
Although Pakistan had started well the alliance between Captain Babar and Imam could not last long and gradually they started declining and finally they 42. He was all out after scoring 191 runs in the over.
In the second innings, Indian openers Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill didn’t have a strong start with the bat. Gill was dismissed after scoring just 16 runs. However, Captain Rohit Sharma persevered, facing 63 balls and scoring 86 runs before getting out to Shaheen Afridi.
Virat Kohli didn’t make a significant contribution in this match. The unbeaten partnership of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul took control of the batting and successfully guided the team to victory within the allotted overs.
First Indian cricketer to hit 300 sixes in ODI cricket
In the match against Pakistan, the team’s experienced batsman Rohit Sharma played a sensational innings, scoring 86 runs from just 63 balls. During this explosive performance, he smashed 6 fours and 6 towering sixes.
With these sixes, he became the third batsman in the history of world cricket to achieve a total of 300 sixes in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Furthermore, Rohit Sharma made history by becoming the first Indian batsman to join the prestigious list of players with 300 ODI sixes.
On Saturday, India has retained the top position by pushing Pakistan down in the ODI rankings.
Following their convincing seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, India has further solidified their position at the top of the MRF Tires ICC Men’s ODI Rankings.
The much-anticipated clash in Ahmedabad had the potential to not only grant Pakistan their maiden ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup triumph over India but also propel them ahead of their neighbors in the ODI rankings.
However, India’s comfortable seven-wicket triumph has allowed the tournament hosts to maintain their supremacy as they strive for their first Men’s Cricket World Cup title since 2011.
Despite their loss, Pakistan retains their second-place ranking, while the in-form South Africa occupies third place. Australia, currently fourth, will be eager to demonstrate their quality at the World Cup following consecutive defeats at the start of their campaign.
New Zealand holds the fifth position in the world rankings, with defending World Cup champions England in the sixth spot.
India will seek to showcase their world No. 1 status when they face Bangladesh in their upcoming match on Thursday. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be aiming for a strong comeback after their defeat on Saturday, with the hope of setting up another showdown with their neighbors later in the tournament.