The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our reporters on the ground.
Top Story: Rizwan 131*, Shafiq 113 complete record World Cup chase
Pakistan 345 for 4 wickets (Rizwan 131*, Shafiq 113, Madushanka 2-60) defeated Sri Lanka 344 for 9 (Mendis 122, Samarawickrama 108, Hasan Ali 4-71) by six wickets
Rizwan, who suffered from sometimes debilitating cramps – the physio came and saw him twice – in the final 15 overs or during the chase, ultimately remained unbeaten on 131 off 121 balls. With Shafiq – who himself recorded the highest score by a Pakistan debutant in the World Cup with 113 runs off 103 balls – they put together a partnership of 176 runs for the third wicket off just 156 balls.
Match Analysis: When Hyderabad loved Rizwan (and Pakistan)
Almost at the same time as Mohammad Rizwan was approaching his century, limping and immediately after cramping in unbearable pain, the DJ led the crowd with the familiar ‘Jeetega Bhai Jeetega’ slogan. He completed it with ‘Pakistan Jeetega’. That moment was not wasted for anyone. Even Babar Azam, who was sitting on the steps of his pavilion and concentrating on the action, allowed himself to laugh. It was unlike anything else.
Enmity with Pakistan team in Hyderabad? no chance. Fans came from far and wide to see the play ‘King Babar’, some from as far as 850 km away from Bhopal. On its part, the Pakistan team also showed the same love and warmth.
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Match Report: Malan scored 140 runs and England made a comeback by destroying Bangladesh
Asked to run in the picturesque HPCA stadium with the backdrop of the Himalayas, England showed eagerness to take on the climb. Malan and Jonny Bairstow began a steady canter in recording their first century partnership as openers, before Joe Root combined with the former in a smooth partnership of 151 runs in 19.3 overs to take England in the latter stages. Provided a strong platform to get going – at which point they faltered against Bangladesh’s death-bowling smarts Shoriful Islam and Mahedi Hasan, who took regular wickets.
India vs Afghanistan, Delhi (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
As iconic as their stars are in the T20 circuit, their chances of improving their level in the one-day game are slim. Afghanistan has played only 29 matches between the last World Cup and this World Cup. Even if we look at the first ODI match he played, his number reaches only 153. The Indian team that they will face on Wednesday has individual players who have played almost twice as many matches.
India (Probable): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammed Siraj
afghanistan (Probable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Azmatullah Umarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Naveen-ul-Haq, 10 Mujeeb Ur Rehman, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqui