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Asia Cup 2023 – India vs Pakistan match goes into reserve day

Asia Cup 2023 – India vs Pakistan match goes into reserve day

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In the highly anticipated Super Four clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, the stage was set for an exhilarating battle of skill, strategy, and national pride. However, the rain had other ideas and interrupted the play with India at 147/2 in 24.1 overs. The group stage match between these two was called off due to the rain in Pallekele, Sri Lanka with India bowled out for 266 in 48.5 overs.

Officials however have confirmed that the Super Fours game will resume on Monday, September 11th from the point at which India is 147/2 in 24.1 overs and will be a full 50-overs fixture. Based on the predicted weather forecast, it is expected to be another start-stop kind of evening in Colombo.

In yesterday’s match, Pakistan won the coin toss and chose to bowl. India’s opening batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill came out swinging. They established a solid foundation and reached a partnership of 121 runs.

The duo unleashed their attacking prowess, launching a relentless assault on every Pakistani bowler. Boundaries flowed freely, and the scoreboard ticked over rapidly. It wasn’t long before both Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma achieved their well-deserved half-centuries, putting India into a commanding position.


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Sharma scored 56 runs from 49 balls which included six 4’s and four 6’s. This brings his tournament sixes to 9 in total. Sharma was bowled out by Shadab Khan in the 16th over. Gill on the other hand scored 58 runs from 52 balls which included ten 4’s bringing his tournament total for 4’s to 19 in total. Gill was bowled out by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 17th over.

The pendulum of the match continued to swing and promised fans what would be an intriguing contest. However, mother nature decided to rain down and play was stopped in the 24.1 over. The heavens opened up, and the pitch was quickly covered as players, officials, and spectators alike waited in hope for the weather to relent.

Despite several rounds of pitch inspections and the diligent efforts of the ground staff to dry the playing surface, the umpires remained unsatisfied with the playing conditions. The rain, persistent and unrelenting, had the final say. Regrettably, the match was called off, leaving fans disappointed and yearning for more.

However, cricket enthusiasts need not despair entirely. The organizers have rescheduled the game to continue from the exact point where it was left off, promising a thrilling continuation of the rivalry tomorrow. As the cricketing world anxiously awaits the resumption of play, one thing is certain – the battle between India and Pakistan will continue to captivate and unite fans, regardless of the unpredictable whims of the weather.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul will continue to bat when the match continues on Monday and Shadab Khan bowling. India still have Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandiya and Ravindra Jadeja yet to bat and will be looking for a high score to round off their innings.


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