India and Pakistan will play each other on October 15 in Ahmedabad in the ICC World Cup 2023

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will take place in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium in October, featuring a match between archrivals India and Pakistan.

The ICC announced on Tuesday that the defending champions England and New Zealand will play in the opening match of the world cup on October 5 at the same location.

On November 19, the final will also take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

The world cup’s first semi-final will take place on November 15 in Mumbai, and the second semi-final will take place on November 16 at the Eden Garden in Kolkata.

At Chennai’s Chidambaram Stadium, India will face Australia in their season opener on October 8. The league stage will see them play a total of eight games. 

The eagerly anticipated match between India and Pakistan will mark the two teams’ eighth encounter at a men’s World Cup.

Pakistan will be aiming to break their curse in the city 50-over format on October 15 after doing so in the T20 world cup. Seven previous world cup matches between India and Pakistan took place in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011, and 2019.

Since that first game in 1992, the only time the two teams haven’t played was in 2007, which was a disastrous season for both teams as they crashed out of the tournament in the first round.

India has won each of the previous seven matches, a streak that they upheld through the T20 World Cups as well. That streak was broken in 2021, but India quickly reclaimed the title in 2022 thanks to a thrilling victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and a memorable performance from Virat Kohli, the team’s captain.

The last time these teams competed in the 50-over World Cup was in 2019 at Old Trafford, where India posted a huge 336/5 on the strength of an incredible 140 off 113 balls by Rohit Sharma, the team’s captain.

Then, in a rain-shortened match that India won by 89 runs (DLS method), smart bowling helped restrict Pakistan to just 212/ 6.

The thrilling semi-final match in Mohali in 2011, another home World Cup for India, may have been even more memorable.

With an impressive 85, Sachin Tendulkar led the way for the home team, and their bowlers worked together to dismiss Pakistan and win by 29 runs.

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