Bharat Vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Update : Once again, Mother Nature has intervened in a high-stakes cricket clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup. The much-anticipated Super Four face-off at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium came to a halt due to heavy rainfall, necessitating the use of ground covers.
India took off with great vigor, thanks to an explosive opening partnership led by captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The Indian team looked poised at 147 for the loss of 2 wickets when the rain disrupted proceedings.
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Before the deluge sent both teams back to the dressing rooms, Rohit and Shubman treated the fans to a dazzling display of power hitting, accumulating a remarkable partnership of 121 runs. The Pakistani bowlers, who initially bore the brunt of their onslaught, made a resurgence, with Shaheen Shaf Afridi and Shadab Khan each claiming a wicket.
Rohit Sharma, with a score of 56, fell to a relatively easy dismissal by Shadab, while Gill, who scored 58, perished in the following over, failing to read a slower delivery from Shaheen and offering a catch to Agha Salman at extra cover.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul then joined forces, seemingly stabilizing the innings before the rain played spoilsport. At the time of suspension, Kohli was unbeaten on 8*, and Rahul had contributed 17*, with the umpires making the decision to halt play.
In a prior encounter during the tournament, both teams clashed in the group stage, where India posted a total of 266 runs in their first innings. Regrettably, rain washed out the match.
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However, in contrast to the previous game, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had wisely scheduled a reserve day for the Super Four encounter. Should no further play be possible on Sunday, the match will resume on Monday from the point where it was halted, with India’s innings at 147/2 in 24.1 overs, with Virat and Rahul unbeaten. (ANI)