What happened in Cricket on October 12, 2023? – Check here

The ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 has featured almost a one-sided affair in every match so far, however, there is no lack of action and excitement in the tournament. The points table for the CWC 2023 has started taking shape as all 10 teams have played their opening two matches in the quadrennial showpiece as South Africa, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan are the only four teams yet to lose a game.

Before we discuss the cricket highlights, here is today’s match preview:

ODI World Cup 2023: Bangladesh vs New Zealand

The 2019 World Cup runners-up, New Zealand, who comfortably won both their opening matches in the 2023 World Cup, will square off against the sixth-placed Bangladesh at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday at 02:00 p.m. IST. New Zealand will look to continue their winning run in the tournament while Bangladesh can produce a major upset in the clash.

Let’s take a look at the major cricket events that happened on October 12:

South Africa thrashed Australia by 134 runs in ODI World Cup 2023

Temba Bavuma-led South Africa continued their strong performance in the game against Australia on Thursday as they thrashed the five-time World Cup winners by 134 runs after bundling them out on 177 runs in 40.5 overs. Quinton de Kock smashed back-to-back centuries for the Proteas while Aiden Markram also continued his form and scored a half-century as South Africa posted a huge total of 311 runs in Lucknow. Australia lost their opening six wickets in 17 overs at a score of 70 runs and eventually lost the match. With this win, South Africa managed the top spot in the standings with a better net run rate.

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Australia women’s 2nd ODI against West Indies abandoned due to rain

After losing the three-match ODI series against Australia, West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews, who missed the first ODI due to a minor injury, returned to the second ODI against the Aussies on Thursday. However, the match was abandoned due to rain when the Windies’ women were struggling at 107 for 8 after 25.3 overs. Australia continue their lead by 1-0 in the three-match ODI series with the last and final match to be played in Melbourne on Saturday.

India star Rinku Singh donates INR 11 lakh for construction of Kuldevi temple

Indian star batter Rinku Singh, who recently won the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 in the Men’s Cricket event, has donated a hefty amount of INR 11 lakhs for temple construction in Uttar Pradesh. Maa Chaudhary Devi’s idol will be consecrated on October 16 in the village Kamalpur of district Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.  According to the reports, the India and KKR middle-order batter, Rinku Singh promised to build a temple for his Kuldevi Maa Chaudhary Devi if her performed well in the IPL 2023.

CWC 2023: Shubman Gill returns to training in Ahmedabad before Pakistan clash

Shubman Gill, the Indian opening batter, has reportedly returned to training, attending an hour-long batting session behind closed doors at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The 23-year-old is racing against time to be fit and ready for the upcoming marquee clash between India and Pakistan, after missing out on the first two matches of the ODI World Cup 2023, due to dengue fever.

Special trains to run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai for India vs Pakistan World Cup clash

The Western Indian Railways announced special trains between Ahmedabad and Mumbai ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash at the ODI World Cup 2023. Notably, the highly anticipated clash between the neighbouring nations will take place on October 14, Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.  During the forthcoming clash, a total of 132,000 fans are expected to be present at the stadium.

Goa police arrest 3 individuals for betting on India-Afghanistan ICC ODI World Cup 2023 game

Addressing the incident, the illegal betting activity was conducted in a bungalow in the Porvorim area on the outskirts of Goa’s capital Panaji as per a senior police official. The Porvorim police had arrested the three individuals, originally from Karnataka and in the age group of 32 to 46 years on Wednesday,  the senior police officer further shared.

WATCH: Netherlands players perform ‘Nati’ with local Himachal Pradesh dancers

Netherlands players matched steps with local Himachali dancers ahead of their clash against South Africa at the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Dutch players have had a disappointing start to their fifth World Cup appearance. Scott Edwards and Co. went down to Pakistan in their season opener before losing to New Zealand. In their next match, the Dutch will lock horns with Temba Bavuma-led South Africa on October 17, Tuesday.

PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf to travel to India ahead of marquee clash in ODI World Cup 2023

The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to travel to India ahead of the marquee clash in the ODI World Cup 2023, scheduled to happen at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. As per the PCB, the Secretary of the BCCI, Jay Shah has extended an invite to Zaka Ashraf, which he warmly accepted, to embark on a tour to the country, to watch India take on Pakistan on October 14, Saturday.

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