In positive news for the Pakistan cricket team, opener Fakhar Zaman and leg-spinner Usama Mir have made a full recovery and are available for selection in the crucial match against Australia, set to be held on October 20 in Bengaluru, India, as part of the ICC World Cup 2023, according to sources.
Fakhar Zaman had been dealing with a knee injury, while Usama Mir had been sidelined due to a fever. Their return to fitness provides a much-needed boost to the team.
Following their arrival in Bengaluru from Ahmedabad, Pakistan will have a day of rest before resuming training in preparation for the upcoming match.
During the tournament, Pakistan has secured two wins in three matches, with their lone defeat coming against arch-rivals India in a game where India continued their strong form in the ICC World Cup 2023. India secured a convincing seven-wicket victory, with Rohit Sharma leading the way with a stunning performance, scoring 86 off 63 balls, which included 12 boundaries. Shreyas Iyer also contributed significantly to the win with 53 runs.
India’s dominant batting display allowed them to chase down the target of 192 runs in just the 31st over, significantly improving their net run rate (NRR). This victory marked India’s eighth consecutive win against Pakistan in World Cup history, further solidifying their dominance in this historic rivalry.