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ICC World Cup 2023 India vs Pakistan: Key Battles To Watch Out For

The India vs Pakistan match in the ICC World Cup 2023 is highly anticipated. Check out the key battles to watch out for and get ready for an exciting clash between these two cricketing rivals.

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Shubman Gill's swift half-century against Shaheen Afridi's pace attack during India vs Pakistan Super Fours 3rd Match at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

The much-awaited clash between India and Pakistan at the World Cup 2023 has cricket fans around the world on the edge of their seats. These two cricketing giants have had a long-standing rivalry, and every encounter between them is nothing short of a spectacle. With both teams starting the tournament with two wins each, the stage is set for an epic battle at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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ICC World Cup 2023 India vs Pakistan 12th Match Highlights


Key Battles to Watch Out for

As we gear up for this high-voltage encounter, there are several key battles on the field that could have a significant impact on the outcome of the match. Let's take a closer look at four of these crucial face-offs:

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Rohit Sharma vs Shaheen Afridi

India's Skipper and opening batsman, Rohit Sharma, has had his fair share of struggles against Pakistan's left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi. In their previous meetings, Shaheen's pace and swing have troubled Rohit, leading to his dismissal on multiple occasions. However, Rohit has shown resilience and adaptability, making adjustments to his technique to counter Shaheen's bowling. This battle between bat and ball promises to be an intriguing one.


Shubman Gill vs Shaheen Afridi

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Another intriguing battle will be between the talented young Indian opener, Shubman Gill, and the fiery Shaheen Afridi. Shubman Gill, renowned for his elegant batting technique, has consistently outperformed Afridi's raw speed and bounce on the pitch. Their intense rivalry from the U-19 World Cup is well-known to everyone. However, Gill unfortunately had to miss first two matches against Australia and Afghanistan in the World Cup due to his battle with Dengue fever. Nevertheless, the talented young opener is all set to make his highly anticipated World Cup debut against Pakistan in today's match at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. In their encounter during the Asia Cup 2023, Gill completely dismantled Afridi's pace and effortlessly achieved a swift half-century. In collaboration with Rohit Sharma, they established an outstanding alliance of 121 runs, setting a strong base for the Team India Middle order to fortify with immense vigor and resilience.

 

World Cup 2023 Live Cricket Score

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Virat Kohli vs Haris Rauf

When Virat Kohli faced off against Haris Rauf during the T20 World Cup in Melbourne last year, it was a thrilling contest. With India needing runs in a challenging chase, Kohli showcased his class and composure, hitting Rauf for two crucial sixes to seal victory for his team. The battle between Kohli's masterful batting and Rauf's fiery pace will be one to watch out for in Ahmedabad.


Jasprit Bumrah vs Babar Azam

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Jasprit Bumrah, India's premier fast bowler, will be up against Pakistan's captain, Babar Azam. Bumrah's yorkers and variations have made him a formidable opponent for any batsman. However, Azam has shown his ability to tackle Bumrah's bowling in the past, particularly during the T20 World Cup in the UAE. It will be interesting to see if Bumrah has learned from that encounter and can outsmart Azam this time around.

 

Hardik Pandya vs Shadab Khan

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The rivalry between Hardik Pandya and Khan dates back to the 2017 Champions Trophy final, where Pandya displayed his power-hitting skills by smashing sixes all around The Oval. This ongoing duel will now continue at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. In a previous encounter during the Asia Cup Group Stage, Pandya showcased his calculated approach against the leg spinner, focusing on taking singles to stabilize India's early troubles. It will be intriguing to observe Khan's strategy against Pandya this time, especially considering the dimensions of the boundaries at this venue. This battle has the potential to spice up the middle overs of the match.

 

ICC World Cup Points Table 2023

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Iftikhar Ahmed vs Kuldeep Yadav

Iftikhar Ahmed, a middle-order batsman for Pakistan, will face the challenge of tackling India's spin wizard, Kuldeep Yadav. In their previous clash, Kuldeep's left-arm wrist spin proved too much for Iftikhar, resulting in his dismissal and a comprehensive win for India. Ahmed will need to come up with a strategy to counter Kuldeep's variations and play a pivotal role in Pakistan's middle overs.


The History of India vs Pakistan Encounters

India and Pakistan have a storied history of cricketing battles that have enthralled fans for decades. These matches have been marked by intense rivalries, nail-biting finishes, and memorable performances. Over the years, these two teams have faced each other in 134 ODIs. Out of these matches, Pakistan has emerged victorious 73 times, while India has won on 56 occasions. The remaining 5 matches ended in a no result. Interestingly, despite their success in other ODIs, Pakistan has never managed to defeat India in the ODI World Cup. This adds extra pressure on Pakistan to break the jinx and overcome their arch-rivals in the tournament.

 

ICC World Cup 2023 Schedule


Conclusion

As the cricketing world gears up for the India vs Pakistan clash at the World Cup 2023, the stage is set for a thrilling contest between two cricketing powerhouses. The key battles between players like Rohit Sharma and Shaheen Afridi, Virat Kohli and Haris Rauf, Jasprit Bumrah and Babar Azam, and Iftikhar Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav will determine the outcome of the match. With a rich history of memorable encounters, this World Cup match holds immense significance for both teams and their fans. Let us sit back, enjoy the spectacle, and witness cricketing history unfold before our eyes.

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