Two prehistoric creatures, a Jurassic rendezvous.

Even Jurassic Park had its additives. Pure genetic codes would’ve given different dinosaurs. But we all craved more teeth. India and Pakistan, like awe-inspiring dinosaurs, bring life to cricket with their shared history, geography, and culture. It’s the #GreatestRivalry in the ‘Greatest Cricket World Cup ever’ only when the game’s scope widens.

India may hold an edge in staying composed on the field, while Pakistan embraces everything that comes their way. This game is more than just cricket; it’s a spectacle. If Babar and Co. can upset the 7-0 streak against India, it could spark this tournament to life.

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When: India vs Pakistan, October 14, 2023, 14:00 IST

Where: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Expect a hot day with a high of 36°C. Dew might make batting easier in the second half. The pitch seems favorable for a score around 330-340.

Team Watch

India: Shubman Gill’s availability is uncertain. Shardul Thakur might retain his place, with Mohammed Shami a likely addition.

Pakistan: No changes expected from the winning team.

Tactics & Strategy

Watch the Kuldeep Yadav vs. Babar Azam contest. Pakistan’s middle order against India’s spin duo, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz, is crucial.

Probable XI

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan/Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

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Did you know?

  • Rohit Sharma has hit 23 PowerPlay sixes this year in ODIs, while Pakistan has hit none.
  • Virat Kohli has been dismissed for sub-50 scores only once in eight World Cup games against Pakistan.
  • Pakistan holds a 9-7 head-to-head record in ODIs in and against India since 2000.

What they said

I think there are certain boxes for me that I have to tick before every game, just to get you that confidence.” – Rohit Sharma on his game preparation.

I didn’t get the captaincy because of a match and I will not lose it because of a match.” – Babar Azam on his captaincy.


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