ODI World Cup recap: Pakistan chase record;  Malan hits Bangladesh

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ODI World Cup recap: Pakistan chase record; Malan hits Bangladesh – Gudstory

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The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup will be held in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning, we’ll gather the latest spoilers and news from the event and bring you the insights of our reporters on the ground.

Main story: Rizwan 131* and Shafiq 113 complete World Cup record chase

Pakistan 345 for 4 (Rizwan 131*, Shafiq 113, Madushanka 2-60) they won Sri Lanka 344 for 9 (Mendis 122, Samarawickrama 108, Hasan Ali 4-71) with six wickets.

Sri Lanka were given a harsh lesson in the realities of modern ODI cricket, as Pakistan chased down a target of 345 – their highest ever chase in a World Cup – with six wickets remaining. Their attack was led by tons from Abdullah Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan, who edged double centuries by Kusal Mendis and Sadira Samarawickrama, to seal two wins from two matches for Pakistan.

Rizwan, who at times suffered from seemingly debilitating cramps – the physio came and looked at him twice – during the last 15 or so overs of the chase, remained unbeaten at the end with a 121-ball 131. Along with Shafiq – who scored Himself the highest score by a Pakistani debutant in a World Cup with 113 off 103 – he compiled a third wicket stand worth 176 off just 156 deliveries.

Match analysis: When Hyderabad loved Rizwan (and Pakistan).

As Mohammad Rizwan was approaching his maiden century, and soon after being in excruciating pain as he limped and convulsed, the DJ enthused the crowd with his familiar ‘Geeteja bhai Geeeja’ chant. They completed it with the song “Pakistan Geetaja”. The moment was not lost on anyone. Even Babar Azam, who was sitting on the steps of their suite and focused on the action, allowed himself a chuckle. It was unlike anything.

Hostility towards the Pakistani team in Hyderabad? Not a chance. Fans came from far and wide, some of them driving 850 km from Bhopal to see ‘King Babar’ play. For its part, the Pakistani team echoed the same love and warmth.

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Match Report: Malan slams 140 as England bounce back with Bangladesh defeat

Defending champions England made a strong response to defeat in their opening World Cup match, thrashing Bangladesh by 137 runs in Dharamsala to start the tournament. A total of 364 for 9 was backed by Dawid Malan’s maiden World Cup hundred – and fourth this calendar year – before the returning Reece Topley stormed into the top order as Bangladesh faltered in the foothills of what could have been a record chase.

When England was asked to do a run at the picturesque HPCA course, surrounded by the Himalayas, she showed an appetite for the climb. Malan and Jonny Bairstow set out at a steady trot in registering their first century stand as openers, before the former was joined by former Joe Root in a smooth, round-the-clock partnership of 151 in 19.3 overs to give England a massive platform entering the final stages – at which point they faltered to Bangladesh’s cleverness In the killer bowling, it was Shariful Islam and Mehidi Hasan who got regular wickets.

News headlines

  • Australia’s all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is confident of his side’s ability to adapt to whatever the Lucknow surface throws ahead of the crucial clash with South Africa after a dismal batting display against India in Chennai.
  • Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zakka Ashraf has raised “serious concerns and concerns” over the ongoing delay in issuance of visas for Pakistani cricket fans and journalists to travel to the World Cup in India.
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    India vs Afghanistan, Delhi (2pm EST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm EST)

    In his first World Cup press conference, Heshmatullah Shahidi spoke enthusiastically about the capabilities of his Afghan team. Even outside of that, the talent available to them is incredible. There’s a 23-year-old in Cunnar who, if not for the great Bill Ponsford, would hold the title of fastest cricketer to 1,000 first-class runs. However, this type of record can sometimes indicate a lack of quality in opposition. In short, this has been Afghanistan’s problem in the longer formats.

    Although their stars are coveted on the T20 circuit, their chances of elevating their one-day game are few and far between. Afghanistan played just 29 matches between the last World Cup and this tournament. Even going back to the first international match they ever played, their tally stands at just 153. There are individual players in the Indian team they will face on Wednesday who have played almost twice as many matches.

    Team news

    India (Possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (captain), 2 Ishan Kishan, 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 Muhammad Siraj

    Afghanistan (probable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Azmatullah Omarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Naveen-ul-Haq, 10 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi


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