India will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 23, 2022. It will not only kick off the two nations’ World Cup campaign but will also be the stadium’s first clash at the global event of cricket.
The official Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Twitter account took to social media to share photos of some work in progress on the pitch. Vehicles and machines were used to work on the playground.
“And just like that… Cricket charges,” the MCG tweeted.
And just like that… Cricket is charging 🏏 https://t.co/y84SmIrqFf
– Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) 1664174566000
So far this year, fans have been treated to three big clashes between two Asian giants, one in women’s cricket and two in men’s cricket.
The women’s teams of India and Pakistan gave fans their first taste of this great rivalry on July 31, 2022 when they faced off in a cricket tournament at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In this clash, Pakistan was regrouped for just 99 carries in 18 overs and Sneh Rana’s spin (2/15) had his opponent dancing to his tunes. Chasing 100, India did their job comfortably in 11.4 overs, with eight wickets in hand. Smriti Mandhana’s 63* on 42 balls guided his team to an easy win.
India would go on to win silver in cricket at CWG 2022, making history.
The two countries’ star-studded men’s teams faced off on August 28 to kick off the 2022 Asian Cup. What fans got was one of the best clashes between the two sides in recent years as was unfolding on the wire.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26/04) and Hardik Pandya (3/25) were absolutely deadly with their pace, grouping Pakistan for just 147 in 19.5 overs. Star hitter Mohammad Rizwan was Pakistan’s top scorer with 43 of 42 balls.
Chasing 148, India lost openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul early, but shots from Virat Kohli (35), Ravindra Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*) guided Men in Blue to a five-wicket win with two bullets to spare. .
A week later, on September 4, the two teams faced off again in the Super Four phase of the tournament.
In this game, the quick 54-point position between KL Rahul (28) and skipper Rohit Sharma (28) and Virat Kohli’s blistering 60 balls from 44 balls guided Men in Blue to 181/7 in their 20 overs. Spinner Shadab Khan (2/31) was Pakistan’s best bowler.
Rizwan (71) and versatile player Mohammad Nawaz (42) turned things in Pakistan’s favor with their quick shots and Arshdeep’s catch of Asif Ali added a lot of drama and tension to the match, which India took lost by five wickets with a ball. save.
This defeat became a huge reason for the Indian team’s early exit from the Asian Cup 2022. They also lost their next game against Sri Lanka and failed to defend their title by finishing third in the Super Four stage.
So when Men in Blue step inside the iconic and jam-packed MSG in October, they will have their sights set on avenging two of their very painful defeats to Pakistan, the first being a 10-wicket loss to Pakistan. in the 2021 edition of the tournament, which led to India’s exit from the tournament in the Super 12 phase itself.
Defeat at the Asian Cup will also be fresh on their minds, a defeat which robbed them of a chance to become the kings of Asia for the eighth time.
Eyes will be on stars like KL Rahul, Skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, etc. to perform to the best of their abilities.