The match between Pakistan and India in the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2023 has been postponed till today due to rain and the remaining match will be played . However, the bad news for the cricket fans is that there is a constant rain forecast in Colombo as well as today, which is clearly feared to affect the match. India scored 147 runs for the loss of 2 wickets at the end of 24 overs before the match was stopped due to rain and despite repeated attempts, the match was restarted due to frequent rain interruptions. In the important match going on at the Prema Dasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Pakistan decided to bowl after winning the toss and invited India to bat, but unlike the previous matches, this decision did not prove to be good.
Both the Indian openers started the innings in a confident and aggressive manner and in the 14th over both completed the team’s century while the Pakistani fast bowlers looked completely helpless. He also completed his own half-centuries. Opener Shubman Gill scored 58 runs off 52 balls and completed his eighth half-century in ODIs.
Before the partnership could have proved more dangerous, skipper Rohit Sharma was caught by Faheem Ashraf for 56 in an attempt to play a big shot of Shadab. The Indian team was yet to recover from this loss as Shaheen Shah Afridi ended Shibman Gul’s innings of 58 runs in the next over. Lokesh Rahul then came to support Virat Kohli and the two together took the score to 147 but at the same score, rain intervened in the match and the players had to return to the pavilion, Kohli with 8 and Rahul at the crease with 17 runs. The rain continued intermittently in Colombo and the ground staff also worked diligently to make the field dry and playable. Meanwhile, the umpires and the coaches, captains and players of both the teams also reviewed the situation to estimate when the match is likely to start. The umpires checked again at 8:30 but before they could decide to restart the match, it started drizzling again killing any chance of a restart. After that, the umpires ended the game in consultation with both the captains and the match referee and postponed the match till today and now the match will start again . Team India will resume their incomplete innings with 147 runs in 24.1 overs today. Earlier, talking after winning the toss, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that after seeing the pitch, he decided to bowl first. “There is some moisture on the pitch, we will try to take advantage of it,” he said. He said that Pakistan India match is always very important, we play match to match, we will try to show our best performance in this match as well. The captain of the national cricket team said that he is satisfied with the performance of his team, as a team we played well, we are focused on this match and want to play well. The team from the previous match has been retained. Speaking on the occasion, Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that the pitch is looking good, there may be some difficulties in the beginning but we are ready for it, we will try to set a big score on the board. He said that the way we batted in the last match gave us a lot of confidence, every match is important, we are fully prepared for today’s match and are hopeful for a good performance. He said that 2 changes have been made in the Indian team, Jasprit Bhambrah has been replaced by Mohammad Shami and KL Rahul has returned to the playing XI in place of Shreyas Iyer.
Although rain may spoil the color this time too, the good news is that a reserve day has been kept in case of rain and the match will resume from where it was stopped, i.e. if the match is played after one innings is completed today. If stopped, it will resume on Monday.
In the Asia Cup on September 2, when the India-Pakistan match was rained out in the city of Pali, Sri Lanka, as a result of which the match was ended inconclusively and both teams were awarded one point each.
Later, on September 4, the match between India and Nepal was also affected by rain. Due to rain in this important match, India won by 10 wickets by scoring 147 runs without any loss under the Duckworth Louis Stern Method (DLS). took, after which India entered the Super Four stage.