In the realm of cricket, there exist several historic rivalries, including England vs Australia, India vs Australia, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, and more, all of which consistently deliver blockbuster matches that keep fans on the edge of their seats. However, when it comes to sporting rivalries, none quite compare to the intensity of an India vs Pakistan cricket clash, especially on the grand stage of the World Cup.
This iconic match captivates the world's attention, bringing everything to a standstill as fans from both nations tune in with unwavering anticipation. The emotions run high as this rivalry stirs a unique sense of patriotism and embodies the rich history and tradition of the sport.
Fresh from their resounding victory over Pakistan in the recent Asia Cup, India is gearing up to face their arch-rivals once again, this time at the grandest cricket stadium on the planet, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Beyond the match's inherent significance, this encounter holds tremendous importance for both teams in the context of the ongoing World Cup.
Mark your calendars for this epic showdown, scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. IST, as cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await another thrilling chapter in this storied rivalry. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
Kohli has a great record against Pakistan and has started the World Cup with a fighting score of 85 runs against Australia.
The betting tip is...
Virat Kohli to score 49.5+ runs
The top-order failed in the first match, but the chase master, Virat Kohli, and the classy, KL Rahul, came to the fore and helped India get the better of Australia in a tricky run chase. Ishan Kishan opened the innings because of Gill’s illness, and it is still unsure whether he will play in the match against Pakistan or not. The pitch in Ahmedabad is expected to be a lot faster and better than the pitch in Chennai.
Ravichandran Ashwin might make way for either Mohammad Shami or Shardul Thakur in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur/Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj
Fakhar Zaman’s continuous failures forced Babar Azam to replace him, as Pakistan bought in Abdullah Shafique in place of Zaman in the previous match. Shafique is expected to keep his place for this match and open the innings alongside Imam ul Haq. The middle order of the Pakistan cricket team still looks good, with Azam, Rizwan, and Shakeel all in good form.
The captain might be tempted to bring in Agha Salman in place of Mohammad Nawaz to strengthen the batting, but that would mean sacrificing a good spin-bowling option.
Predicted Lineup: Abdullah Shafique, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Hasan Ali
Currently, India firmly maintains the upper hand over Pakistan, owing to their exceptional current form, favorable playing conditions, the excellent form of their players, the momentum they've built, their historical head-to-head record, and various other factors.
To emerge victorious against this formidable Indian team, Pakistan's cricket squad will need to conjure something extraordinary, as India is widely considered the favorite to secure the World Cup title. India simply needs to continue their current successful trajectory, and they are well on their way to adding another two points to their tally.