Venue Details & Pitch Report - Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Average First Innings Score at Ahmedabad in ODIs since 2022: 240

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs since 2022: Win Bat 1st - 50%, Win Bat 2nd - 50% 

IND-PAK Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs since 2022: Suryakumar Yadav(3), Shreyas Iyer(5), Rohit Sharma(6)

IND-PAK Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs since 2022:  Mohammed Siraj(5)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has long straight boundaries (77m) and square boundaries (67m, 74m). Third Man (59m) & Deep Mid Wicket (80m) and FineLeg (62m) & Deep Cover (75m).

Pitch Report: The wicket at Ahmedabad is considered to be flat with some assistance for new ball bowlers especially under lights. As the match progresses, the wicket tends to wear down which can bring spinners into play. 

There was a major renovation at the ground after 2015 and only 4 ODIs have been played at the ground since then (in 2022). The numbers show that the average score is pretty low but at the same time, we saw a high scoring match with the team batting second chasing the score down relatively easily.

Predicted Playing XI - India vs Pakistan, Match 12, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bmrah, Mohammed Siraj

                       Bench: Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin

Pakistan: Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf 

                Bench: Fakhar Zaman, Agha Salman, Mohammed Wasim, Usama Mir

Fantasy Notes (INDIA) - India vs Pakistan, Match 12, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of India players in ODIs in 2023:

Shubman Gill20123072/1055/5N/AN/AN/A
Virat Kohli1575263/1064/3N/AN/AN/A
Rohit Sharma1778954/1156/2N/AN/AN/A
KL Rahul1362878/865/1N/AN/AN/A
Ishan Kishan1545635/944/0N/AN/AN/A
Hardik Pandya1338335/953/0171926/5.4
Suryakumar Yadav1328323/1142/0N/AN/AN/A
Shreyas Iyer928936/1090/1N/AN/AN/A
Ravindra Jadeja1218927/640/0141828/4.7
Shardul Thakur    132024/6.3
Kuldeep Yadav    183516/4.6
Mohammed Shami    121924/5.3
Mohammed Siraj    153115/4.8
Ravichandran Ashwin    3524.4/4.5
Jasprit Bumrah    61023/4.9

Relevant Numbers of India players in ODIs against Pakistan:

Shubman Gill268(58, 10)1/0N/AN/AN/A
Virat Kohli1566255/1012/3N/AN/AN/A
Rohit Sharma1878749/897/2N/AN/AN/A
KL Rahul2168168/911/1N/AN/AN/A
Ishan Kishan182  N/AN/AN/A
Hardik Pandya420970/1322/05630/5
Suryakumar Yadav    N/AN/AN/A
Shreyas Iyer    N/AN/AN/A
Ravindra Jadeja713022/751/0101044/4.9
Shardul Thakur    11 
Kuldeep Yadav    41013.5/3.8
Mohammed Shami    3521.4/3.8
Mohammed Siraj       
Ravichandran Ashwin    81038/4.9
Jasprit Bumrah    6543/4.8


  • Virat Kohli has averaged just 13 against left-arm orthodox spin in ODIs since 2022. When he scored a century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Mohammad Nawaz was not part of Pakistan's XI. (Virat vs SLAO since 2022: Inns - 11, Outs - 8, Runs - 104, Balls - 159, Avg - 13)
  • On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer (96 Avg) and KL Rahul (120 Avg) have been India's best batters against the above bowling type.
  • Virat Kohli vs Left Arm Pace in Powerplay in ODIs since 2022: Inns - 6, Outs - 3, Balls - 71, Avg - 15.3
  • Ishan Kishan vs Express Pace in ODIs since 2022: Inns - 12, Outs - 6, Balls - 158, Avg - 23.6

Points to Consider

  • Batting at Number 4, Shreyas Iyer will be key to India's middle-order stability, and if Shaheen strikes early, he will need to step up with the bat. Considering that he is selected in just 21% of the teams, we see this as a great differential opportunity to back him in our teams.
  • Team India is likely to stick with a pacer at Number 8 over Ravichandran Ashwin but will that pacer be Shardul Thakur again or Mohammed Shami, who has good experience of conditions at Ahmedabad? If Shami plays, you can consider including him, at least in your GL teams.
  • Regardless of the matchups, it might not be a good idea to take a risk against Virat Kohli in small leagues, especially on a ground that is expected to be batting-friendly.

Fantasy Notes (PAKISTAN) - India vs Pakistan, Match 12, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Pakistan players in ODIs in 2023:

Babar Azam1776045/84.26/2N/AN/AN/A
Mohammad Rizwan1782775/957/1N/AN/AN/A
Fakhar Zaman1665643.7/861/3N/AN/AN/A
Iftikhar Ahmed937964/1161/17537/6.6
Agha Salman1333533.5/932/011481/5.5
Shadab Khan917021/1020/0131539.5/5.5
Mohammad Nawaz711222/980/0121142/5
Saud Shakeel3108 36/1231/0   
Shaheen Afridi    142622.6/5.3
Haris Rauf    152922/5.4
Mohammad Wasim    8933/5.3
Abdullah Shafique419148/911/1   
Hasan Ali    26 
Usama Mir    81135/5.4

Relevant Numbers of Pakistan players in ODIs against India:

Babar Azam616828/720/0N/AN/AN/A
Mohammad Rizwan12  N/AN/AN/A
Fakhar Zaman523447/821/1N/AN/AN/A
Iftikhar Ahmed123  10 
Agha Salman123     
Shadab Khan55819/770/07572/6.6
Mohammad Nawaz115     
Saud Shakeel       
Shaheen Afridi    3531.2/6
Haris Rauf    2328/6
Mohammad Wasim       
Abdullah Shafique       
Hasan Ali    5552/6.7
Usama Mir       


  • Since 2022, Pakistan have been the best batting team against Left Arm Orthodox Spin. They average 60 and Strike at 91.5 against this bowling type. Babar (111) and Rizwan (83) are their key batters to counter Jadeja, and very surprisingly, their left-hander Imam ul Haq (18 Avg) is their worst batter against the ball turning in.
  • Imam-ul-Haq vs Express Pace in ODIs since 2022: Inns - 6, Outs - 3, Balls - 75, Avg - 17 [Jasprit Bumrah powerplay threat]
  • Mohammad Rizwan vs Wrist Spin since 2022: Inns - 14, Outs - 5, Balls - 141, Avg - 23.8 [Kuldeep Yadav threat]

Points to Consider

  • According to reports, Mohammad Rizwan was seen practicing against a local chinaman bowler and we know why - because of the matchup against Kuldeep Yadav in the middle overs. As mentioned above, he has had struggles against wrist spinners compared to the other bowling types.
  • Mohammad Nawaz might be a good differential pick with a 23.6% selection - one, his all-round value as a left-handed batter in the lower order and importantly, his key matchup as a left-arm spinner against a right-hand dominant Indian batting unit.

Fantasy XI - India vs Pakistan, Match 12, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

WK: KL Rahul, Mohammed Rizwan

BAT: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam

AR: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja

BOWL: Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

C/VC: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul

Differentials: Shreyas Iyer (21%), Mohammad Nawaz (23.6%), Mohammed Siraj (34%)

C/VC Alternatives: Babar Azam, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma

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