Can Pakistan top order show up against the best bowling line-up in the competition?
- Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam have scored 32 runs in total in the first two WC games.
- India have defeated Pakistan in seven of the last 10 matches, with one no-result.
Arch rivals India and Pakistan are set to collide in the biggest group match of the World Cup 2023 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on October 14th. India have won their opening two games against Australia and Afghanistan. India are favourites to win this match at 1.72
Pakistan began the tournament with an 81-run victory over the Netherlands. They then defeated Sri Lanka, chasing down a record 345 on the back of Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan centuries. Pakistan have odds of 2.12 to win this match.
Pakistan hold the upper hand when it comes to the head-to-head record between these two rivals in ODIs. They have faced off in 134 matches in ODI history, with Pakistan winning 73 and India claiming 56 games. As for the last 10 encounters, India lead the scoreline by 7-2.
The Ahmedabad Stadium has hosted 29 ODIs, with the team batting first winning 16 games. In day-night matches, there’s a bias for the team batting first. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first.
Both teams are coming off victories in their first two games but India do have a stronger side on paper. Considering their strengths, India head into this match as favourites with a win probability of 62%.
The average first innings score at Ahmedabad after 29 ODIs stands at 237. The average score for the second innings reads 206.
Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad has been an outstanding venue for batting in recent times. However, seamers get significant movement with the new ball, especially under the lights. The weather in Ahmedabad should be clear and warm on Sunday, with the temperature ranging between 28-36 degree Celsius.
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
Virat Kohli: The Indian superstar has been in magnificent form, scoring 85 and 55 not-out in the first two games of this tournament. Kohli has 752 runs this year at an average of 63 with three centuries and four half centuries.
Shaheen Afridi: The Pakistan seamer will play a key role in this game as Pakistan’s chances rely on his new-ball spell. Shaheen has taken 26 wickets from 14 ODIs this year at 24.30 apiece.
India have a formidable batting line-up with multiple in-form batters. The hosts also have a better bowling attack compared to Pakistan and could be even better with Mohammed Shami’s inclusion. We predict that India will win the match.
Our pick: Back India at 1.72 to win this one!
Apart from betting on India to win the match, check our other recommended bet about Pakistan’s best batter.
Mohammad Rizwan is coming off a sensational 131 not-out to power his side to a win against Sri Lanka. He has four fifties and a hundred in his last seven ODI innings. Back Rizwan at 3.78 to be Pakistan’s top batter in the match!