On a fateful October 10, 2023, the cricketing world held its breath as Pakistan and Sri Lanka clashed in a thrilling encounter at the ICC World Cup. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India, was electric with anticipation as the two teams took to the field for a match that would go down in history.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat first in the ICC World Cup match against Pakistan on October 10, 2023, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India. Shanaka explained his decision at the toss, saying that he wanted to take advantage of the good batting conditions in the morning. Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that he was happy to bowl first and that he was confident in his team’s bowling attack.
Pakistan’s batting performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023:
Fall of Wickets:
16/1 (Imam-ul-Haq, 3.3 ov) · 37/2 (B. Azam, 7.2 ov) · 213/3 (A. Shafique, 33.1 ov) · 308/4 (S. Shakeel, 44.3 ov)
Sri Lanka’s batting performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023:
Fall of Wickets:
5/1 (K. Perera, 1.4 ov) · 107/2 (P. Nissanka, 17.2 ov) · 218/3 (K. Mendis, 28.5 ov) · 229/4 (C. Asalanka, 30.1 ov) · 294/5 (D. de Silva, 41.1 ov) · 324/6 (D. Shanaka, 46.3 ov) · 335/7 (S. Samarawickrama, 47.6 ov) · 343/8 (M. Theekshana, 49.2 ov) · 344/9 (D. Wellalage, 49.6 ov)
Pakistan: Total runs: 345/5, Overs: 48.2, Runs rate: 7.16
Sri Lanka: Total runs: 344/9, Overs: 48.2, Runs rate: 6.88
Pakistan’s bowlers put up a brilliant performance against Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2023 match on October 10, 2023. They picked up wickets at regular intervals and restricted Sri Lanka to 344 runs in 50 overs.
Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 71 runs in 10 overs. He bowled with great pace and accuracy, and he was able to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen consistently.
Hassan Ali also bowled very well, taking 3 wickets for 64 runs in 9 overs. He bowled with good bounce and carry, and he was able to pick up wickets at crucial moments in the match.
Mohammad Nawaz took 2 wickets for 48 runs in 9 overs. He bowled with great control, and he was able to pick up wickets at the end of the innings to restrict Sri Lanka’s total.
Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed also bowled well and contributed to Pakistan’s bowling performance.
Overall, it was a very impressive bowling performance from Pakistan. They were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals, and they made it difficult for the Sri Lankan batsmen to score runs. This bowling performance was one of the main reasons why Pakistan was able to win the match.
Sri Lanka Bowling
Sri Lanka’s bowlers put up a disappointing performance against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023 match on October 10, 2023. They were unable to pick up wickets at regular intervals and allowed Pakistan to chase down a target of 345 runs with ease.
Mahesh Theekshana was the pick of the bowlers, taking 1 wicket for 15.9 runs in 10 overs. He bowled with great control and spin, and he was able to trouble the Pakistan batsmen at times.
Dilshan Madushanka took 2 wickets for 26.43 runs in 9.2 overs. He bowled with good pace and bounce, and he was able to pick up wickets at crucial moments in the match.
Dasun Shanaka, Matheesha Pathirana, Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Charith Asalanka all bowled poorly and contributed to Sri Lanka’s bowling performance.
Overall, it was a very disappointing bowling performance from Sri Lanka. They were unable to pick up wickets at regular intervals, and they made it difficult for Pakistan to score runs. This bowling performance was one of the main reasons why Pakistan were able to win the match.
Man of the match
The Player of the Match in the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in the ICC World Cup 2023 was Mohammad Rizwan, for his brilliant batting performance.
Rizwan scored an unbeaten 131 runs off 116 balls, which was the highest score of the match and the highest individual score for Pakistan in a World Cup match. He batted with great composure and skill, and he helped Pakistan to chase down a target of 345 runs with ease.
Rizwan’s innings were particularly impressive considering that Pakistan were in a bit of trouble at one point. They had lost two early wickets, and the required run rate was starting to climb. However, Rizwan kept his cool and played a match-winning innings.
In addition to his batting performance, Rizwan also kept wickets very well. He took two catches and stumped one batsman.
Overall, it was a brilliant performance from Mohammad Rizwan, and he was rightly named the Player of the Match.