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Slow Start for Pakistan Against India in World Cup Clash

Pakistan had a good start to their highly anticipated World Cup encounter, but lost four important wickets, including previous-match centurion Abdullah Shafique.

Pakistan made a steady start in their highly anticipated World Cup clash but lost four crucial wickets, including the previous-match centurion Abdullah Shafique.

India won the toss and was selected to bowl first in a marquee match held at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, expected to host 120,000 fans.

Visa Delays Impact Pakistani Fan Presence:

The crowd in attendance was largely dominated by Indian spectators, as visa delays for Pakistani fans affected their presence at the stadium.

Pakistan reached a total of 79-2 in 15 overs. Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj made an early breakthrough by dismissing Abdullah Shafique, the hero of Pakistan’s record chase of 345 against Sri Lanka, for 20 runs, courtesy of an LBW decision.

Hardik Pandya’s Impact:

Hardik Pandya contributed to India’s success by sending Imam-ul-Haq, the left-handed opener, back to the pavilion after scoring 36 runs. Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan came together to stabilize the innings.

A Reprieve for Rizwan:

Mohammad Rizwan received a lifeline when the on-field umpire ruled him out lbw off Ravindra Jadeja’s delivery. However, a successful review saw the decision overturned in his favor, allowing him to continue his innings.

The match between these cricketing rivals promises to be intense with high stakes in the World Cup.

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