ODI World Cup 2023: Huge Boost For Pakistan As Their Star Duo Recover From Injury And Fever Just Ahead Of Australia Clash

In the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Pakistan is gearing up for a critical encounter against Australia, aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat to arch-rivals India. The match between Pakistan and Australia is slated to happen on Friday, October 20, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India. This clash promises to be a high-stakes encounter in the world of cricket.

Pakistan’s journey in the World Cup has been a rollercoaster ride. After a winning start against the Netherlands, they faced a formidable challenge from Sri Lanka. Despite a remarkable comeback, their winning streak came to an abrupt halt against India.

In a heartening development for the Pakistan cricket team, opener Fakhar Zaman is set to return to the squad. He had been struggling with a knee injury, which led to his absence from the playing XI in the last two games. Fakhar’s return brings a wealth of experience and dynamism to the team’s top order.

Usama Mir, the talented leg-spinner, has also recovered and is available for selection against Australia. Usama, who impressed during warm-up games, could be a valuable asset for Pakistan in the upcoming clash.

Abdullah Shafique, who replaced Fakhar Zaman in the playing XI, made a significant impact by scoring a stunning century against Sri Lanka. His remarkable performance will likely pose a selection dilemma for the team management.

With key spinners like Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz facing struggles in the tournament, Usama Mir’s return could provide the much-needed variety and potency in Pakistan’s bowling department.

Reflecting on Pakistan’s journey in the World Cup, they commenced with a convincing victory over the Netherlands. Their batting brilliance resulted in a total of 286 runs, which proved too much for the Dutch to chase down.

The most remarkable highlight of Pakistan’s campaign was their jaw-dropping chase against Sri Lanka. Facing a daunting total of 344 runs, the heroics of Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan led Pakistan to a historic successful chase, etching their name in the World Cup history books.

However, the momentum faltered when Pakistan confronted India and suffered a seven-wicket loss. After a promising start at 155 for 2, Pakistan’s innings ended at 191, and India comfortably secured the victory.

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