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Cricket World Cup 2023: IND vs PAK Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: India vs Pakistan, Cricket World Cup 2023 (India vs Pakistan)

Date: October 14, Saturday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Arch rivals India and Pakistan will play the next match of the Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India have been absolutely dominating against Pakistan in World Cup history, leading the head-to-head 7-0. More recently in the Asia Cup Super Four stage encounter between the two sides, India won by 228 runs.

India have won both their World Cup 2023 games – against Australia and Afghanistan, respectively. Against Australia, the bowlers, especially the spinners, did a wonderful job, bowling out the opponents for 199. In reply, a half century each from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli helped India chase down the target in 41.2 overs. In the next game against Afghanistan, India chased down 272 in 35 overs. Rohit Sharma scored a century while Kohli contributed with a half century. Earlier in the game, Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets.

Pakistan, like India, have also won both their first two games. In their 81-run win over the Netherlands, Saud Shakeel and Mohammed Rizwan scored half centuries while Haris Rauf starred with the ball, picking up three wickets. Against Sri Lanka, they won by six wickets after Abdullah Shafique and Mohammed Rizwan scored unbeaten centuries.

Ahead of the 12th game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: Shubman Gill, who missed the first two games due to dengue, is fit for this clash, confirmed skipper Rohit Sharma on the eve of the match. His return will see Ishan Kishan make his way out of the playing XI.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav.

Predicted XI:  1 Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammed Siraj

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pakistan do not have any injury concerns and are at full strength for this match.

Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

Predicted XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Ifthikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Hasan Ali/Mohammad Wasim, 11 Haris Rauf

Pitch report and weather update 

Expect a batting friendly venue for this high-stake match. But the pace bowlers have also done well on this wicket.

There is no chance of rain in Ahmedabad on Saturday (Oct 11). It will be mostly hot and sunny with maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius in the noon.

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have played against each other in 134 matches, 56 of which were won by India. 73 matches were won by Pakistan. At the World Cup, however, Pakistan are yet to defeat India, who lead the head-to-head 7-0.

Five players to watch out for 

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IND vs PAK, Cricket World Cup 2023

Mohammad Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan has been in a brilliant form ever since arriving in India. He scored 103 against New Zealand in the warm-up, 68 against the Netherlands in Pakistan’s tournament opener, and an unbeaten 131 against Sri Lanka in the previous game. His 131 was laced with eight boundaries and three maximums. Rizwan was also in good form at the Asia Cup last month, where he scored 195 runs in four innings. The wicketkeeper batsman has overall played 67 ODIs for Pakistan, from which he has a batting average of 40.25.

Haris Rauf – bowler, Pakistan

Haris Rauf is currently Pakistan’s best bowler who will be their key to dismissing the Indian batsmen. He picked up nine wickets in four matches at the Asia cup 2023 and started the World Cup with three wickets against the Netherlands and two wickets against Sri Lanka. Notably, he was Pakistan’s best bowler against India in the Asia Cup group stage game, in which he picked up three wickets. In his 30-match ODI career, Rauf has taken 58 wickets.

Virat Kohli – batsman, India 

Virat Kohli has a good record against Pakistan. In 16 ODI matches against the arch-rivals, Kohli has amassed 662 runs at an average of 55.16. In the group match if the 2019 World Cup, Kohli scored a knock of 65 runs. And going by his recent form, it looks like Kohli is set to deliver another masterclass against Pakistan in Ahmedabad. Against Australia, he rescued India from a difficult position, and went on to score a match-winning 85. In the next game against Afghanistan, he scored another half century. Kohli has seven international centuries since breaking his century drought in September 2022, and will be looking for an eighth one on Saturday.

Shubman Gill – batsman, India

Shubman Gill, who will be playing his first World Cup match, is in the form of his life. In the 10 ODIs he has played in India in 2023, Gill has amassed 698 runs at an average of 77.56. In his last five innings, the opener has scored 345 runs. His return to the side after recovering from dengue will be a huge boost for India in this high-octane clash.

Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan

Babar Azam has scored only 15 runs combined in his first two outings at the World Cup. But he still remains indispensable to your fantasy XI. He was Pakistan’s top run-scorer at the Asia Cup 2023, with 207 runs in four innings, and also scored two half centuries in the two warm-up games before the World cup.


IND vs PAK – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The India vs Pakistan ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on October 14.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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