India and Pakistan set for epic clash in ICC World Cup showdown


In what promises to be a thrilling encounter, the 12th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 is set to take place today at the illustrious Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This fixture will pit arch-rivals India and Pakistan against each other, with both teams having secured victories in their initial matches of the tournament. As they gear up for their third World Cup match, the world eagerly anticipates this colossal clash between these cricketing giants.

The India vs. Pakistan match is always a spectacle to behold, and with good reason. In the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket, the two teams have crossed paths on 134 occasions. Pakistan boasts 73 wins to India’s 56, with five matches concluding without a decisive outcome. Notably, India has a perfect record of triumphing in all seven of their ODI World Cup encounters against Pakistan. An interesting aspect to consider is that India and Pakistan have not engaged in a bilateral series since January 2012. Despite this extended absence of bilateral cricketing ties, their meetings in global tournaments continue to capture the imagination of cricket enthusiasts around the world.

Analyzing their head-to-head statistics, Pakistan has had the edge in ODI and Test matches, whereas India has excelled in the T20 format. Over the years, both teams have set numerous records that have left an indelible mark on the history of cricket. In this context, let’s delve into some of the records held by the Indian cricket team—records that appear to pose formidable challenges for Pakistan.

Consecutive Wins Against Pakistan in the World Cup: India’s dominance over Pakistan in World Cup encounters is well-documented. The Indian team currently boasts a record of 13 wins and only one loss (including a super-over victory) against Pakistan in T20 and ODI World Cups. While Pakistan managed to halt India’s 12-match winning streak with a resounding 10-wicket victory in the 2021 T20 World Cup, this victory came after a 29-year-long wait. Notably, Pakistan is yet to secure a win over India in the ODI World Cup.

Dominance in ICC ODI Knockouts: India has emerged as one of the most successful teams in ICC knockout matches. Since the 2011 World Cup, India has consistently reached the knockout stages of every ICC ODI event. To put this into perspective, the Indian team has participated in 26 knockout matches in the ICC ODI format, which is eight more than Pakistan. As both India and Pakistan enter the 2023 World Cup with two wins apiece, their forthcoming clash has the potential to reshape history. However, in the context of the ODI World Cup, Pakistan has yet to secure a victory over India. The two cricketing powerhouses have crossed paths in seven World Cup matches, with India emerging victorious on every occasion.
In an exclusive interview on the DAFA NEWS cricket show, former Zimbabwean cricketer Christopher Mpofu offered insights about the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the venue for the upcoming battle between India and Pakistan. He remarked, «Batsmen have dominated the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Boundaries flow freely, and runs are almost guaranteed. The pitch offers a good bounce, but despite being India›s largest ground, scoring boundaries here is no simple task. A run-fest could be in store for the match between India and Pakistan.