Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam (India vs Pakistan 2023)
Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 11th, 2023 at 10:24 am

The highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan in the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 was called off on Sunday due to heavy rain. The match will resume from the point of suspension in India’s innings on the reserve day, Monday, September 11.

The match between the two teams started at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo as scheduled. Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bowl first. Team India had scored 147 runs for the loss of two wickets in 24.1 overs before rain interrupted play.

India And Pakistan To Face Each Other On Reserve Day For First Time

The thrilling encounter had to be rescheduled for the reserve day due to persistent rain in Colombo. The match didn’t happen after the interruption in India’s innings. The ongoing match will mark the first time India and Pakistan face each other on a reserve day in their history.

India’s last ODI match on a reserve day was during the 2019 World Cup, where they suffered a heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the semi-final. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s last ODI on a reserve day dates back to August 1992, when they played against England at Lord’s.

Indian Openers Get Off To Good Start In Super Four Clash

After being asked to bat first, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill added a 121-run partnership in batting-friendly conditions. Pakistan’s pacers failed to produce early wickets in the match. The Indian opening duo smashed half-centuries to help the team get off to a good start.

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Shadab Khan produced a breakthrough by dismissing Rohit Sharma, who scored 56 runs off 49 balls. Shaheen Afridi picked up the wicket of Shubamn Gill in the next over. Virat Kohli (8) and KL Rahul (17) remained unbeaten at the crease before the rain prevented further play.

Despite the rain interruption, the match has a reserve day allotted. The game will continue from where it left off on Sunday, ensuring both teams compete in a full 50-over match. However, the weather forecast predicted that the rain could play spoilsport on Monday.

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