India has reached Pune for their next match in the 2023 World Cup. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the team will face Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on Thursday, October 19.
Their performance in the tournament has been exceptional. They began with a victory against Australia at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, restricting Australia to 199 runs. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli’s 165-run partnership secured the win after a challenging start.
Subsequently, Rohit Sharma’s explosive century guided the home team to a comfortable victory over Afghanistan in Delhi, as they successfully chased down a challenging target of 273. However, the standout performance materialized in the match against Pakistan at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, with an audience of over 130,000 fans.
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India orchestrated a remarkable collapse, sending Pakistan tumbling from 155-2 to a mere 191 all out. However, Rohit Sharma stepped onto the field and delivered an explosive innings, scoring 86 runs off 63 balls, propelling the Men in Blue to a resounding seven-wicket victory. Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the Player of the Match for his remarkable figures of 7-1-19-2. This win also marked their eighth consecutive triumph over their arch-rivals in 50-over World Cups, extending their unbeaten streak that goes back to 1992.
“We are taking it as one game at a time” – The leading fast bowler for Team India, Mohammed Siraj
After defeating Pakistan, fast bowler Mohammed Siraj said they don’t want to make it sound too big, but what’s most important is how they play on the actual day. He stated, as reported by Sportstar:
“We are taking it as one game at a time. Just because it is against Pakistan, we need not get worked up. This is a World Cup, and we will play different teams. We just need to adapt and perform.”
Siraj gave away some extra runs in the game against Pakistan in Ahmedabad, but he still got two important wickets, one of them being Babar Azam, who had scored 50 runs.