In the ongoing the India-Pakistan clash at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, Hardik Pandya provided a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Imam-ul-Haq for 36 runs with a catch by KL Rahul.

In a crucial moment during the 13th over of the India-Pakistan clash at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, Hardik Pandya delivered a game-changing breakthrough. Imam ul Haq, the Pakistani opener, had been flourishing, consistently finding boundaries and steering his team to a strong start against the home side.

During the second ball of the over, Imam-ul-Haq fell while attempting a drive. Hardik Pandya, previously hit for a boundary, unleashed a celebratory roar when KL Rahul snatched a straightforward catch, diving to his left, to dismiss Imam for 36 runs. This marked India’s second wicket. Hardik then broke into an animated celebration, signaling goodbye, to send the opener back in the pavilion.

In the very next over, India’s Ravindra Jadeja nearly trapped Muhammad Rizwan leg-before-wicket, prompting a review and raising expectations of more to come from Jadeja during his spell.

Earlier, Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, exuded confidence, riding high on consecutive victories in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. Before the India match, Azam expressed his satisfaction with an unchanged XI. He shared his anticipation of the match, stating, “We also wanted to bowl first. We have had good two wins, momentum and confidence is high. Jam-packed stadium, we will enjoy it. We want to be good in the field, we had a couple of good practice sessions. Same team for us.”

Last Updated on October 14, 2023

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