In a much-anticipated face-off at the 2023 Asia Cup, India and Pakistan battled it out in a match that was ultimately marred by relentless rain. The game took place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, with India winning the toss and choosing to bat first. However, the Indian innings got off to a shaky start, with just two standout performances. Ishan Kishan’s impressive 82 runs and Hardik Pandya’s contribution of 87 runs were the saving graces for India. On the other side, Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi was the star with the ball, picking up four crucial wickets.
As the clock approached 9:55 PM on September 2, 2023, rain once again took centre stage, forcing an early end to the match. The decision was made just 40 minutes before the cut-off time for a 20-over chase, leaving fans disappointed and yearning for a showdown between Indian bowlers and Pakistani batters.
The result of this rain-interrupted affair was a shared one, with both teams earning one point each. Pakistan, having previously defeated Nepal and securing two points, now advances to the Super Four stage with three points. Meanwhile, India’s next challenge will be facing Nepal on Monday, August 4, at the same venue.
The highlights from today’s match
Key highlights from the match included India’s rocky start, losing three wickets within the first ten overs. Notably, the experienced duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli contributed just 15 runs. Shubman Gill fought valiantly but could only manage 10 runs in 32 deliveries before being dismissed by Haris Rauf. The turning point came with the remarkable 138-run partnership between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, propelling India’s total to 266 runs. However, India lost their last five wickets for just 27 runs, with Pakistan’s pace trio, led by Shaheen Afridi, proving formidable. Despite the weather’s interference, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the next chapter of this storied rivalry.