IND vs PAK: Top Five Performers For India In A Commanding Win Over Pakistan, From Rohit Sharma To Jasprit Bumrah
India defeated Pakistan in match 12 of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, marking their third straight victory. The match took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Men in Blue put forth a team effort, showing promise in every area of the game to help the team win the most points possible.
India chose to bowl first after winning the toss in front of the densely populated Ahmedabad stadium, which can hold up to a million spectators.
Early in the game, the Men in Blue were nervous when it came to line and length, and openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam ul Haq repeatedly hit them for boundaries.
After the first two wickets, captain Babar Azam and batsman Mohammad Rizwan looked good, forming a promising partnership in the middle. However, India executed a flawless collapse to restrict them to 191.
Pakistan was bowled out in 42.5 overs, with Mohammad Rizwan scoring 49 runs and Babar topping the score with 50, his first half-century of the competition.
Continuing his brilliant form from the previous game, Rohit Sharma led from the front in the run chase, smashing the bowlers all over the park.
After Shubman Gill was dismissed, Rohit persisted and added another fifty runs. Even after being removed midway, the brilliant opener Virat Kohli continued to attack.
He scored an incredible 86 runs before being softly dismissed by Shaheen Afridi.
The team was taken home in 30.3 overs with seven wickets remaining after KL Rahul joined Shreyas Iyer, who had scored a half-century.
Even though India won the crucial match with precision, here are the top five players who made a significant impact on the victory.
As he took charge of the situation and scored the most runs while pursuing the goal of 192 runs, the captain-courageous maintained his consistency.
Before being removed for 86, Rohit put his team in a commanding position with another half-century.
The star player led by example as he made perfect field placements, bowling changes and some DRS calls, setting the standard for other captains in the competition.
Rohit was almost there again after making a fantastic hundred against Afghanistan in the previous game before Shaheen Afridi dismissed him. Six fours and just as many enormous sixes were part of his incredible innings.
Leading bowler Jasprit Bumrah of India is performing well in the major tournament, which is encouraging for the team because he demonstrated the same qualities in the crucial match against Pakistan.
Mohammed Siraj struggled early on at one end, while Bumrah's wicket-to-wicket work kept things close at the other.
After wickets broke the deadlock, Bumrah also joined the celebration, dismissing Rizwan, the set batsman, for 49 and then getting Shadab Khan with a peach.
Bumrah finished with an incredible figure of 2/19 in his seven overs, including a maiden, and he wasn't just picking wickets that day—he was also very economical, as he usually is.
In the pivotal game, Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant, making it difficult for the Pakistani hitters to choose him.
The star spinner produced an incredible performance, taking two wickets in the match and easily dismissing Iftikhar Ahmed and Saud Shakeel, two players who could have been trouble later in the order.
Kuldeep applied tremendous pressure to the batters, forcing them to make mistakes that resulted in wickets at the other end. The opponents were unable to read him.
Kuldeep was very economical as well, conceding just 35 runs in his allotted 10 overs, even with his two wickets.
Siraj made up for a poor first performance in the tournament with the ball when it really counted.
Siraj struggled with length and line early in the innings, but in the eighth over, he unexpectedly opened his account by dismissing Abdullah Shafique.
After that, he found a rhythm and was soon rewarded with the crucial wicket of Babar Azam.
Even though he gave up runs rather easily at the beginning of the game, the team was able to take the lead thanks to the wickets of Shafique, who had scored a hundred in the previous game, and Babar, who had just reached his fifty.
Shreyas Iyer ended the match with a boundary, going undefeated for the second time in the competition and scoring his first fifty as well.
Shreyas has been under the radar in the middle order after recovering from an injury, but he had a terrible performance in the opening game against Australia.
In the previous tournament, the Men in Blue had trouble with the no. 4 spot, but it appears that Shreyas has found his groove and is prepared to make an impact to help the team succeed moving forward.