India Versus Pakistan: 12th ODI in 2023 ICC Cricket ODI World Cup – First Innings Update

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Ahmedabad, 14th October 2023 – The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the 12th match of the 2023 ICC Cricket ODI World Cup has seen the completion of the first innings. The encounter is taking place at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, and it has lived up to its immense hype.

Before the match commenced, a vibrant program featuring renowned artists like Shankar Mahadevan and Arijit Singh set the stage for the thrilling contest. The crowd, which was overwhelmingly dominated by Indian fans, has created an electric atmosphere in the stadium, adding to the excitement of the rivalry.

In a noteworthy return to the team, Shubman Gill, who had recently recovered from dengue, made a vital comeback, recognizing the importance of this match. India won the toss and elected to field first, setting the stage for a crucial showdown.

The Pakistan openers, Abdullah Shafique and Imam ul Haq started the match with a solid rhythm. Shafique managed to score 20 runs off 24 balls before being dismissed by Mohammed Siraj via an lbw decision. Imam ul Haq continued the momentum, contributing 36 runs off 38 balls before KL Rahul secured his wicket with a delivery from Hardik Pandya.

Captain Babar Azam, who has struggled against India in the past, finally found his form and played a valuable innings, scoring 50 runs off 58 balls before Mohammed Siraj claimed his wicket. Mohammad Rizwan was another notable contributor for Pakistan, with 49 runs off 69 balls before being dismissed by Jaspreet Bumrah.

Following these performances, Pakistan’s batting line-up faced a severe collapse, eventually getting all out for a total of 191 runs in the 43rd over.

From the Indian perspective, every bowler made a significant contribution to restricting Pakistan to such a low score. Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja each secured two wickets to their name.

Despite the low total, Pakistan has shown resilience in the past, making the score defendable. India will shortly commence their run chase in the second innings, where Pakistan will attempt to halt them from achieving the target.