Colombo: India defeated Pakistan by 228 runs in the Asia Cup Super Four stage match.
In pursuit of India’s formidable total of 357 runs, the Pakistan team faced a major setback, managing only 128 runs in 32 overs. Notably, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf were unable to bat due to injuries.
Imam-ul-Haq scored 9 runs, Babar Azam contributed 10, while Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed after adding just 2 runs. Fakhar Zaman managed to score 27, Agha Salman posted 23, Shadab Khan made 6, Iftikhar Ahmed added 23, and Faheem Ashraf secured 4 runs. Shaheen Afridi remained not out with 7 runs.
India’s bowler Kuldeep Yadav claimed an impressive 5 wickets, while Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah each took one wicket.
The match encountered a rain delay after 11 overs into Pakistan’s innings, with Fakhar Zaman at the crease with 14 runs and Mohammad Rizwan at one run. At that point, Pakistan had accumulated 44 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Originally postponed due to rain in Kolbo on Sunday, the match faced another delay on the reserve day on Monday, also due to rain. The Indian team started their batting innings at a score of 147 for the loss of two wickets in 24.1 overs.
India ultimately posted a total of 356 runs for the loss of two wickets in their allotted 50 overs, courtesy of outstanding centuries by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. Pakistani bowlers failed to secure any wickets on Monday.
Virat Kohli remained unbeaten with 122 runs, while KL Rahul contributed 111 runs.
Earlier, upon the arrival of the Pakistan and Indian teams at the stadium, rain began to fall. Although the rain subsided after a few hours, there was no reduction in the overs played.
Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf did not participate in the match against India on the reserve day due to a side strain.
On the preceding Sunday, the national team captain, Babar Azam, won the toss and elected to field first. During India’s batting innings of 24.1 overs, opener Rohit Sharma scored 56 runs, and Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed after accumulating 58 runs. At that point, Virat Kohli was at the wicket with 8 runs, and KL Rahul had contributed 17 runs. Shadab and Shaheen took one wicket each.
- Captain: Babar Azam
Salman Ali Agha
Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Captain: Rohit Sharma