India’s eight to eight, Pakistan’s sixteen arts of failure. India remained unbeaten against Pakistan in ODI World Cup. Once again, Rohit Sharma’s team maintained their record on the world stage, ignoring their arch-rivals. They won by 7 wickets against Babar Azam on Saturday (October 14) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
India-Pakistan have faced a total of 8 times since the start of ODI World Cup. India has defeated Pakistan every time in this confrontation between the arch rivals.
After losing the toss, Pakistan got off to a good start but ended up in a batting disaster. Babar’s innings stopped at 191 runs. In response, India reached the port of victory with 19 overs and 3 balls in hand.
Pakistan did not get off to a bad start in batting. Abdullah Shafiq and Imam-ul-Haq added 41 runs in the opening. Shafiq, the hero of the record run chase against Sri Lanka, was finding the timing well in this match as well. However, Mohammad Siraj did not allow him to score more than 20 runs. Mohammad Siraj struck first by trapping Shafiq LBW.
Pakistan was overcoming the blow given by Siraj well. But this time Hardik Pandya hit. This medium pacer guided Imam-ul-Haq, who was batting in great rhythm, to 36 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan, the centurion of the last match, could have returned with just 1 run. But luck has helped him well. Ravindra Jadeja’s ball was given out by the umpire but he survived with the review.
After that, Babar-Rizwan batted quite comfortably. They made the Indian bowlers sweat by playing one beautiful shot after another. Babar got out in the next ball after picking up a fifty off 57 balls with 7 fours.
Kuldeep Yadav returned Saud Shakeel in quick time after Babar’s return. Kuldeep also returned Iftikhar Ahmed in the same over. The sixteenth round of disaster was completed with the departure of set batter Rizwan. Just 1 run away from fifty, he was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliant delivery. After one over, Bumrah came back to bowl Shadab Khan.
In the 40th over, Mohammad Newaz was caught by Hardik Pandya. Hasan Ali was dismissed on the first ball of the next over. Pakistan’s innings stopped at 191 when Haris Rauf returned lbw to Jadeja.
Shardul Thakur didn’t just get a wicket for India that day. All the remaining five bowlers got two wickets each.
In response, India lost the wicket of Shubman Gill for 23 runs. Kohli too could not settle down for long. Hasan Ali got out with a simple catch. But Rohit Sharma played a stormy innings. After playing an innings of 86 runs off 63 balls, he finally returned to Shaheen.
But by then India was close to victory. Shreyas Iyer passed the rest of the way smoothly with Lokesh Rahul. Shreyas was unbeaten in the end after scoring 53 runs off 62 balls. Lokesh Rahul scored 19 runs.