ICC World Cup 2023| 12th Match: India obliterates Pakistan with a 7 wicket win


ICC World Cup 2023| 12th Match: India obliterates Pakistan with a 7 wicket win
ICC World Cup 2023| 12th Match: India obliterates Pakistan with a 7 wicket win © Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images

The intense rivalry between India vs Pakistan was lopsided in favour of India. The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first. The atmosphere was absolutely electrifying as the stadium was jam-packed. Pakistan got off to a fantastic start, looking pretty dangerous till they were 151-2.

After which, the entire game was snatched away by India. It looked like Pakistan would easily score above 300 runs, but the Indian bowlers did a phenomenal job of taking crucial wickets and restricting Pakistan to a low total of 192 runs (191/10).

Watch the entire match highlights on the official ICC World Cup website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/video/3738043

The 2nd innings started with fireworks; Rohit Sharma did not seem to be in the mood to play defensively; he went all in and treated the crowd with his explosive performance once again.

Pakistan did grab a few wickets, but it was too late, and India's run rate was way too high. India successfully chased down the total in 30.3 overs and secured a 7 wickets win. India is now at the top of the points table! They will face Bangladesh next on 19th October.

Post-match interviews

Rohit Sharma (India's captain)

"The bowlers were the ones today as well who set the game up for us," Sharma said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "I don't think it was a 190 pitch. At one stage we were looking at 280.

The way they showed grit says a lot. That is something we pride ourselves in. Whoever gets the ball does the job. We've got 6 individuals who can do the job with the ball. My job as a captain is important there as well. It's to read the conditions and figure out who's the right guy to do the job.

It's only because the guys - before entering the WC - they got a lot of runs. We were very clear what we wanted to do. Didn't want to be in two minds about who's going to bat where. All in all, it's looking good. Want to keep my fingers crossed.

Don't want to get too excited. Don't want to get too low as well. Want to stay balanced. Keep calm and keep moving forward. Every opposition we come up against are all quality. You have to play well on that particular day, and that's what we're looking at".

Babar Azam (Pakistan's captain)

"We started well," Azam said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "Good partnership between me and Imam. We wanted to play normal cricket (me and Rizwan). Suddenly we had a collapse and didn't finish well.

The way we started, wanted to target 280-290. With the new ball we are not upto the mark. The way Rohit is playing - he played an outstanding innings".