The 12th match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between India and Pakistan is being played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India have won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Pakistan scored 73 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Pakistan started the match well. But in 7.6 overs, Siraj got Abdullah Shafiq out lbw to give India their first breakthrough. Shafiq scored 20 runs in 24 balls with the help of 3 fours. Hardik Pandya made Imam-ul-Haq his victim in 12.3 overs and was caught out by KL Rahul. He returned to the pavilion after scoring 36 runs in 38 balls with the help of 6 fours.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma said after winning the toss, ‘We will bowl first, nothing can be bigger than that, great atmosphere. Surely many of us are going to experience something truly extraordinary. It’s a good track, not going to change much, dew could be a big factor and with that in mind we want to bowl first. We want to keep striving for the best, we want to come out there and do our best every game.
In such tournaments, the most important thing is to maintain a comfortable atmosphere in the team. Gill is back in place of Ishaan, it’s unfortunate for Ishaan that he misses out, feel bad for him, he stepped up when we needed him. Gill has been a special player for us over the last year, especially on this ground and we wanted him back.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said, ‘We also wanted to bowl first. We have had two good wins, the momentum and confidence is high. A packed stadium, we will enjoy it. We want to do well on the field, we had some good practice sessions.
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team, which recorded its eighth consecutive victory in the World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan, will be burdened by the hopes of millions of fans along with nearly one lakh spectators present at the ground. Cricket fans have gathered in hotels, restaurants and guest houses of Ahmedabad to watch the match. If we talk about ODI matches, Pakistan has won more matches than India, but so far Pakistan has faced defeat against India only once in the World Cup.