India vs Pakistan

Match 12 of 45, Ahmedabad, October 14, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup

"I don't focus too much on what has happened in the past and focus on what's coming ahead. These records are made to be broken and we will try to break it."

"Both the teams will start evenly. I don't think there is a favourite or an underdog. Both the teams are equal before they go into the game. It's just about handling the pressure, dictating terms."



India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan/Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj



1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Ifthikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Hasan Ali/Mohammad Wasim, 11 Haris Rauf



Hot and dry on the weather front. There could be some dew in the evening, which will also mean the team batting first will want to go hard. It's a black soil surface, next to the one that played host to the tournament opener where NZ's top order made merry. As such, it should be a belter of a surface.



Rohit Sharma has the coin. Babar Azam calls a heads, and it is a tail. A loud roar goes up. India have won the toss and will bowl first.

Siraj to Abdullah Shafique, OUT The low bounce had been threatening to do for someone, and it has done for Abdullah!. Kept very, very low and struck him square on the pad, halfway up the shin.

Hardik to Imam, OUT And he goes driving the very next ball! India have two. Length ball that angles away from Imam, the ball catches the outside edge and Rahul dives to his left to omplete  the catch.

Kuldeep to Babar Azam, FOUR runs, carves through point for four, and it brings up his half-century, and Pakistan's 150. What a time to come back into touch after a difficult start to this World Cup

Siraj to Babar Azam, OUT As you say that, Siraj cleans Babar up with a gem! Angled in, heading for the top of off, but it keeps low, and the ball hits three fourths of the way up the stumps.

Kuldeep to Saud Shakeel, OUT A loud appeal, umpire stays unmoved. ,they have taken the review. No bat involved, the ball skids off the pitch, catches the batter in front and tracker confirms it would have gone on to thud into middle and leg stump.

Kuldeep to Iftikhar, OUT Bowled around the legs! Kuldeep on a roll.  Tossed up down leg, Iftikhar goes for a sweep, the catches the his gloves and rolls back onto his the stumps, behind  back.

Bumrah to Rizwan, OUT Cleans him with a ripper! The slower offcutter does Rizwan in and the collapse is well and truly on. Gets the offcutter outside off stump to grip and turn into Rizwan

Bumrah to Shadab, OUT Boom Boom Bumrah! No stopping the fast bowler. Gets the length ball to land on off stump and straighten off the surface. Shadab plays the down the wrong line and his sees his off stump take a pounding.

Hardik to Nawaz, OUT Hacked straight to mid-on and the collapse extends. A nothing short really. Was on a length on middle stump. He backs away looking to clear the fielder. The bat turns in his hand and he can only plonk it to Bumrah. The ball dips and wobbles on Bumrah, who does well to hang on

Jadeja to Hasan Ali, OUT And another one gone. He has a slog that goes nowhere except high, high in the air. Shubman Gill gets underneath it and takes a calm, composed catch

Jadeja to Haris Rauf, OUT Rapped on the pads and India go up again, but the umpire isn't having it. Rohit reviews. It's hitting, and that is a wrap!. Pakistan have been blown away in Ahmedabad. They lost eight wickets for 36 runs, going from what now looks like a very daunting 155 for 2 to 191 all out

Shaheen takes out Gill! The sounds off the bat is solid once more, but that doesn't matter. Gill sees width outside off and wants to cash in. There's no one deep at point. All he has to do is lift it over the infield.

India lose Virat Kohli in the 10th over to Hasan Ali. He tries to keep the attack going and mis-hits a pull to mid-on. Kohli doesn't play low-percentage shots like that.

Rohit fifty, On the back of a 63-ball hundred against Afghanistan, Rohit Sharma has raised a 36-ball fifty against Pakistan

Rohit falls, Shaheen Afridi comes back and takes out the India captain for 86. Rohit walks off with his head thrown back.

India win! Shreyas Iyer is on 48 not out. And he gets there with a down-the-track thump over Mohammad Nawaz's head. India beat Pakistan. They're 8-0 now in World Cups.

Fireworks go off in Ahmedabad. The crowd is singing verses from Ma Tujhe Salaam.