July 18, 2024
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India crushes Pakistan in World Cup clash of cricket giants

India crushes Pakistan in World Cup clash of cricket giants: India has beaten Pakistan by seven wickets in their third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday. Read more about how India’s bowlers and Rohit Sharma set up the win, and what it means for both teams in the tournament.

India has defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in their third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India on Saturday. The match was watched by a sell-out crowd of over 100,000 fans, who witnessed India extend their unbeaten record against Pakistan in the World Cup to eight wins out of eight matches.

India’s bowlers set up the win by dismissing Pakistan for 191

The match was billed as one of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world, with political and historical tensions adding to the drama and intensity of the contest. However, India proved to be too strong for Pakistan, as they bowled them out for a low score of 191 in 46.4 overs, and then chased down the target with ease in 28.5 overs.

India’s fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were the stars with the ball, as they shared five wickets between them and kept the Pakistan batsmen under pressure throughout. Bumrah was named the man of the match for his brilliant spell of 2-19 in nine overs, while Shami took 3-35 in 8.4 overs.

Pakistan’s innings never got going, as they lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to build any partnerships. Only Babar Azam (56) and Mohammad Rizwan (43) showed some resistance, but they could not prevent Pakistan from being bowled out for a below-par score.

Rohit Sharma leads India’s chase with a blistering 86

India’s chase was a walk in the park, as Rohit Sharma led the way with a blistering 86 off 63 balls, hitting six fours and six sixes. He added 97 runs for the first wicket with KL Rahul (28), and then 71 runs for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer (36). Rohit fell short of his century, as he was caught by Hasan Ali off Shaheen Afridi in the 19th over, but by then India had already reached 168-2.

Rishabh Pant (18) and Hardik Pandya (16) finished off the chase in style, as they hit some lusty blows and took India home in 28.5 overs. Pakistan’s bowlers had no answer to India’s batting prowess, as they conceded 12 fours and nine sixes in total.

Virat Kohli praises his team’s performance, Sarfaraz Ahmed rues lack of runs

India’s captain Virat Kohli was delighted with his team’s performance, and praised his bowlers and Rohit for setting up the win.

“It was a very professional performance from us. The bowlers set the tone for us by bowling brilliantly and restricting them to a low score. Rohit was outstanding with the bat, he played some amazing shots and made it look very easy. It was a great team effort and we are very happy with the result,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation1.

Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that his team was outplayed by India, and rued the lack of partnerships and runs on the board.

“We were not good enough today. We lost too many wickets early on and could not recover from there. We needed to score at least 250-260 to challenge India, but we fell short by a big margin. India played very well and deserved to win. We have to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger in the next matches,” Sarfaraz said1.

What’s next for India and Pakistan?

India will now face Bangladesh in their next match on October 19 in Pune, while Pakistan will take on South Africa on October 22 in Mumbai. Both teams will hope to continue their winning momentum and secure their places in the semi-finals.

India have won all their three matches so far, and have a superior net run rate of +1.821, which puts them at the top of the World Cup points table2. They are one of the favourites to win the title, having won it twice before in 1983 and 2011.

Pakistan have lost all their three matches so far, and have a dismal net run rate of -2.000, which puts them at the bottom of the World Cup points table2. They have won the title once before in 1992, but they will need a miracle to repeat that feat this time.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, attracting millions of viewers and fans across the globe. The tournament features 10 teams playing each other once in a round-robin format, followed by semi-finals and final. The tournament is being held in India from October 6 to November 93.

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