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IND vs PAK Match Preview: High Stakes as Undefeated India and Pakistan Face Off in Cricket World Cup Match Today

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are set to lock horns in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match in what promises to be a high-octane clash. Both teams enter this crucial encounter unbeaten in the tournament, setting the stage for an electrifying battle at the world-renowned Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India vs Pakistan Match Details

Date and Venue: Saturday 14 October, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Live Score: India vs Pakistan Live Score


India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

India and Pakistan share a rich and storied cricketing history. While Pakistan holds the upper hand in head-to-head ODI encounters with 73 wins compared to India’s 56, India boasts an impressive record in Cricket World Cup matches against their arch-rivals.

Since their first-ever World Cup clash in 1992, India has maintained an unblemished record, having never lost a World Cup game to Pakistan.

The anticipation for this much-anticipated group stage showdown has reached fever pitch, especially after both teams cruised to victory in their opening two matches of the tournament.

India made a resounding statement in their tournament opener as their spinners dismantled the Australian batting lineup, restricting them to a meager 199 runs. After facing an early scare against the Australian pacers, India seized control of the contest, with Virat Kohli (85) and KL Rahul (97*) guiding them to victory.

In their second match, India comfortably chased down Afghanistan’s target of 273 with eight wickets and 15 overs to spare, setting the stage for a more challenging test against Pakistan.

Pakistan, on the other hand, began their campaign with a dominant performance against the Netherlands, followed by an extraordinary batting display that led to the highest successful run chase in Cricket World Cup history.

While Pakistan may have concerns about their bowling unit, given that Sri Lanka posted a formidable 344 runs in their clash, their strong batting lineup, featuring the likes of Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan, has already showcased impressive form.

The two teams met in an ODI encounter at the Asia Cup last month, where centuries by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul powered India to a commanding 228-run victory.

This historic rivalry between India and Pakistan, one of the biggest in the world of cricket, is set to unfold at the grand stage of the Narendra Modi Stadium. With both teams entering the match in exceptional form, it promises to be a thrilling contest that cricket fans around the globe eagerly anticipate.

The significance of this match is not lost on the players, and they are prepared for the immense pressure and hype surrounding it. Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, emphasized the importance of living in the present and approaching the game with self-belief.

“I think what has happened in the past is not important. We want to live in the present. I think we can do well. India-Pakistan match is high-intensity. Believe in ourselves. There are a lot of fans coming. I think we have an opportunity to do well in front of fans,” Babar stated.

India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, weighed in on dealing with the noise and pressure surrounding this fixture, saying, “I am not on social media for the past nine months now. So, everyone has their own way of dealing with it. Some people like it, some don’t. But that’s not my place to tell anyone how to do it. They have to work out their own way of dealing with these things.”

Despite the immense pressure of the match, the focus for both teams will be on delivering a quality cricket performance on the day.

One of the key talking points leading up to the match is the potential inclusion of Shubman Gill in the playing XI. India’s skipper, Rohit Sharma, indicated that Gill is “99 per cent available” for the match.

Key Players to Watch:

India – Rohit Sharma: Rohit’s explosive batting, as seen in Delhi, significantly boosted India’s run rate against Afghanistan. He will be a key player to watch, particularly against Pakistan’s pace bowling attack.

Pakistan – Hasan Ali: Hasan Ali has been Pakistan’s standout performer with the ball in the tournament, with six wickets at an average of 17.33. His ability to rise to the occasion in big games will be crucial for Pakistan’s chances.

India vs Pakistan Match Security Measurement

Security measures at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad have been significantly increased in anticipation of the high-stakes ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan. Drones with extended operational capabilities, including 12-hour flight times and a 5-kilometer surveillance radius, equipped with HD cameras, have been deployed to monitor and identify potential security threats and anti-social elements around the stadium.

Dhanraj Nathwani, President of the Gujarat Cricket Association, emphasized the adherence to ICC standards and the support of the BCCI in preparing for this significant tournament. Both India and Pakistan have started their World Cup campaigns with impressive wins.

Also See: Team India Cricket Schedule | Pakistan Cricket Schedule | Cricket World Cup 2023 Schedule and Match Dates | India vs Pakistan Match Date, Timing, Venue, Squads and More

Weather Update for India and Pakistan Match Today

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted a ‘clear sky’ for the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan cricket match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, relieving cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Earlier concerns about possible drizzling have been dispelled, with the IMD assuring fans of ideal playing conditions for the colossal showdown. India enters the match with confidence after consecutive World Cup wins, while Pakistan has built momentum with two victories. The dream of an 8-0 World Cup win against Pakistan is alive for Indian supporters, who eagerly anticipate stellar performances from cricketing stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Mohammed Siraj. India has a 100 percent win record in all seven ODI World Cup encounters against Pakistan and aims to maintain this impressive record in what promises to be a gripping contest under a clear Ahmedabad sky.

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