During the Super Fours match of the 2023 Asia Cup held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on a rainy Sunday, India scored 147/2 when the first ball of the 24th over was bowled against Pakistan. Unfortunately, the rain interrupted the game at this crucial moment.

Pakistan vs India Asia Cup 2023

As a result of the weather interruption, the match is set to resume on the reserve day, which is scheduled for Monday. When play resumes, the Indian batting duo of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul will continue their innings from where they left off, hoping to build a solid partnership and set a competitive target for Pakistan.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that individuals holding tickets for today’s match can use them on the reserve day.

The 24th over saw a temporary halt in the match due to rain.

This break allowed Pakistan to gather themselves and strategize for the game’s potential resumption; unfortunately, despite several inspections and diligent efforts by the ground staff to clear the pitch of rainwater, heavy rain returned, further delaying the match.

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Pakistan Despite the gloomy weather, not everyone’s enthusiasm was dampened by the day’s rainfall.

24th over

In the 24th over, an unexpected downpour caught the ground staff off guard. However, they swiftly regrouped and efficiently positioned the covers over the pitch. Even Fakhar Zaman chipped in to assist with the pitch cover. As this text is written, the rainfall has intensified significantly, escalating from a moderate shower to a torrential downpour within minutes.

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23rd over

In the 23rd over, Pakistan maintained their pressure on the Indian team. Shadab’s excellent bowling performance resulted in a maiden over, keeping the Indian total steady at 140 for the loss of two wickets.

22nd over

In the 22nd over, Babar Azam he was strategically decided to reintroduce Haris Rauf into the bowling attack in hopes of taking wickets. The fast bowler consistently delivered a good length in his spell, resulting in an effective over where he only conceded three runs. Following the 22nd over, India scored 140 for losing two wickets.

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21st over

In the 21st over, Shadab delivered an excellent performance by conceding just two runs. Pakistan’s strategy was clear, aiming to stem the flow of runs from the Indian team, especially with India’s current run rate still hovering above six runs per over. Consequently, India scored 137 for losing two wickets by the end of the 21st over.

20th over,

In the 20th over, KL Rahul played an impressive shot, pulling Shaheen in front of square to secure a boundary off Shaheen’s fifth delivery. This boundary propelled the Indian team’s total to 135 for two after the 20th over.

19th over

In the 19th over, KL Rahul took to the crease following Shubman Gill’s dismissal. Rahul and Kohli focused on keeping the scoreboard ticking by rotating the strike. Shadab’s fourth over yielded six runs, advancing the Indian team’s total to 131 for the loss of two wickets.

18th over

In the 18th over, there was another crucial breakthrough. Following Rohit’s dismissal, the captain decided to reintroduce Shaheen into the bowling attack. Despite conceding 31 runs in his initial spell, the pacer got the wicket of Shubman Gill, who had been well-settled but chipped a slower ball straight into Shadab’s waiting hands. Shaheen’s fourth over yielded two runs and a wicket, leaving India at 124 for losing two wickets after the 18th over.

17th over,

In the 17th over, a crucial breakthrough was achieved as Shadab made an impact by dismissing Rohit Sharma. Rohit attempted to loft the ball over long off but couldn’t execute the shot as planned. Sp sprinting to his left, Faheem Ashraf secured an essential catch for the Pakistani team. Rohit departed after contributing 56 runs from 49 deliveries.
Now, the formidable Virat Kohli steps out to the crease, ready to continue India’s batting.

16th over

In the 16th over, Haris Rauf’s third delivery earned the Indian team three runs, advancing their total to 118 without losing wickets. Sharma and Gill are settling nicely for the latter part of the first innings.
Following the 16th over, a drinks break was called, providing a brief respite for the players.

15th over,

In the 15th over, Rohit Sharma continued to dominate against Shadab, with the first two deliveries from the leg-spinner yielding ten runs. Two singles were also added, resulting in 12 runs for the over. The Indian team has been particularly aggressive in the last five overs, accumulating 54 runs during this period. As a result, the Indian score has surged to 115 without losing wickets.

14th over,

In the 14th over, the Indian team benefited from five extra runs, including a wide delivery and a double. This added seven runs to their total off Haris Rauf’s second over. The opening pair for India achieved an impressive milestone as they brought up 100 runs together. As a result, India’s score reached 103 without losing wickets after 14 overs.

13th over,

In the 13th over, Shubman Gill reached an impressive half-century against Shadab Khan, who was bowling his first over of the innings. Gill’s innings had been outstanding, featuring ten fours. However, in the same over, Shadab faced some challenging moments as he was struck for two sixes and a boundary on the last delivery, resulting in 19 runs for that over. The Indian team’s run rate showed no signs of slowing down, with their score now standing at 96 without losing any wickets.

12th over

In the 12th over, the captain introduced the fiery pace of Haris Rauf into the bowling attack. Rohit Sharma attempted to hook Haris on his final delivery, but he got an edge, sending the ball over the boundary behind the wicketkeeper. This shot resulted in eight runs from the first over bowled by Haris Rauf, taking the Indian total to 77 without any wickets lost.

11th over,

In the 11th over, the Indian batters were effectively rotating the strike. Shubman Gill contributed four singles and a boundary with a well-placed shot down fine leg, marking India’s 13th boundary of the innings. Consequently, India’s score reached 69 without the loss of any wickets.

10th over,

In the 10th over, Pakistan Shaheen Afridi returned to the field.

Rohit Sharma led the attack against Naseem Shah, launching consecutive deliveries over the mid-on region for four runs each. With a well-executed flick and a decisive pull shot, Rohit’s efforts resulted in eight runs from Naseem’s fifth over. As the powerplay concluded, India scored 61 without losing any wickets.

9th over,

In the 9th over, Shubman Gill assumed the offensive against Faheem Ashraf. He skillfully placed the ball past the cover and point fielders, securing a boundary. A well-run double on the second-last delivery of the over added six runs to the total. As a result, India’s score reached 53 without any wickets lost.

8th over

In the 8th over, two well-placed boundaries off Naseem Shah’s bowling advanced the Indian team’s total to 47 without losing wickets. Shubman Gill exhibited superb wristwork, sending the ball to the boundary over the point region. On another occasion during the over, a fortunate edge off Shubman’s bat narrowly evaded both the first and second slip fielders, providing a bit of luck for Naseem Shah.

7th over,

In the 7th over, Shaheen Afridi had to leave the field due to an apparent injury to his left fingers, possibly stemming from Naseem Shah’s first delivery of the inning. As a result, Faheem Ashraf was brought in to replace Shaheen in the seventh over. Faheem’s over yielded just a single run, contributing to a solid performance. The Indian team’s score reached 37 without any wickets lost.

6th over

in the 6th over, Naseem Shah bowled a maiden over, showcasing his skills as a young pacer by maintaining a consistent line and making the ball move in both directions in an attempt to trouble the Indian batters. Rohit Sharma, showing patience and careful selection of shots, did not manage to make contact with the ball during this over. Consequently, India’s score remained at 37 without any wickets lost.

5th over

In the 5th over, Shubman Gill took a step forward on the second ball of Shaheen Afridi’s third over and confidently sent the ball over long-on for a boundary. In an attempt to change the dynamics, Afridi opted to come around the wicket to the Indian batsman. However, Gill responded with back-to-back fours, elegantly placing the ball over the cover region. It was a period of clear aggression from the Indian batters against Shaheen Afridi. As a result of these productive strokes, India’s score increased to 37 without any wickets lost.

4th over

In the 4th over, Naseem Shah bowled a wide delivery off the fifth ball, allowing the Indian batsmen to add a single run to their total for the over. Babar Azam decided to review the not-out decision made by the on-field umpire on Naseem’s fifth delivery, believing it had caught the edge of Rohit Sharma’s bat. However, the TV umpire concurred with the on-field umpire’s decision, confirming that there was no edge. At this point, India’s score stood at 24 without losing wickets.

3rd over

In the 3rd over, Shubman Gill displayed his attacking prowess against Shaheen Afridi by striking consecutive boundaries off the first two deliveries. The first boundary resulted from a thick inside edge while attempting a flick over the mid-on region, marking Gill’s second boundary of the match. On the fifth ball of the over, he again took on the left-arm pacer, driving the ball towards the straight edge. This assertive batting display from Gill contributed 12 runs in the third over, bringing India’s score to 23.

2nd over

In the 2nd over, the ball took an edge off Shubman Gill’s bat and flew toward the third-man region, narrowly eluding Shaheen Afridi. Rohit Sharma concluded the over with an impressive shot over the covers, collecting five runs from the around. India scored 11 without wickets, losing at the second over’s conclusion.

1st over

The opening over began with five consecutive dot balls, setting the stage for a nearly perfect start. However, the perfection was spoiled by a six on the last ball. Shaheen Shah Afridi began with a strategy of bowling complete and straight. Sensibly cautious of the Pakistan pacer’s skill, Rohit Sharma smashed a six on the final delivery. As the first over concluded, India scored six runs without losing wickets.

Weather Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

Regarding the weather conditions, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared an image of the clear skies over the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on their social media account, X (formerly Twitter).

Nonetheless, rain interruptions can occur both at the start of the game and during the second half, as indicated by The Weather Channel’s forecast. When the match is scheduled to commence at 3 pm local time (2:30 PST), there is a 90% chance of thunderstorms, with the expectation that these conditions will subside by 4 pm (3:30 PST.

Pakistan lineup comprises the following players:

  • Pakistan Captain: Babar Azam
  • Pakistan Vice-Captain: Shadab Khan
  • Team members: Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf.

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