Islamabad(TNS) : India beat Pakistan by a record margin of 228 runs in the Asia Cup.

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India defeated Pakistan by a record margin of 228 runs in the crucial match of the Asia Cup Super Four stage thanks to their brilliant bowling after Pakistan’s batting. The third match of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup between Pakistan and India was stopped twice due to rain and on the second day when Pakistan’s innings was stopped after 11 overs, which resumed after the rain stopped, Pakistan’s wickets The fall became more rapid. India’s batsmen Virat Kohli and KL Rahul batted brilliantly in a late start on the second day and scored unbeaten centuries to post a mammoth total of 356 in the allotted 50 overs. When the rain-affected Asia Cup Super Four stage match started in Colombo on the second day, India’s score was 147 runs for two wickets, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were batting, while Pakistan was hit by an injury to fast bowler Haris Rauf. There was a blow. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli played brilliantly and during his comeback from injury, Rahul scored a half-century. Virat Kohli also continued his strong batting from the second end and brought up his 66th career half-century off 55 balls to put India in a position to set up a big total. India completed 250 runs on the third ball of the 40th over of the match while Pakistani fielders also showed poor fielding. The Indian batsmen hit sixes and fours in the rain-affected match and no Pakistan batsman failed to stop them and India scored 300 runs in 45 overs. Rahul faced 100 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes and scored two runs off Naseem Shah in the last ball of the 47th over, this is the sixth century of his ODI career. Virat Kohli strengthened the partnership from the second end and scored his 46th career century, his innings included 6 fours and two sixes while facing 84 balls. Along with the century in the important match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan, he also completed 13,000 runs in ODIs, which is the fastest 13,000 runs on the basis of an innings. Kohli had earlier scored centuries in 4 matches at the same venue in Colombo and continued his tradition against Pakistan as well. India scored 356 runs for two wickets in the allotted 50 overs, which is India’s highest score against Pakistan. Virat Kohli scored 122 not out and KL Rahul scored 111 runs to make his team a big score. The two batsmen put on an unbeaten 233-run partnership off 194 balls. In the match, Pakistan’s Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi took one wicket each, while on the second day, Pakistani bowlers looked completely helpless in front of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul and could not take any wickets. Naseem Shah left the match incomplete due to an injury while bowling and Iftikhar Ahmed completed his over. Pakistan’s experienced opener Fakhr Zaman failed to open the account in Jasprit Bumrah’s first over in pursuit of a big target, while in the second over, Imam-ul-Haq hit Indian bowler Muhammad Siraj for a boundary. On the first ball of the fifth over, Imam-ul-Haq faced Jasprit Bumrah, in which no run could be scored and on the second ball he was caught by Shabman Gul at slip. Babar Azam also faced great difficulty in getting the first run and in the eighth over proved to be lucky on the strong appeal of Mohammad Siraj and escaped dismissal, but the runs started with a boundary off Bumrah on the second ball of the ninth over. What did Hardik Pandya had captain Babar Azam in front of him for bowling, who did not score any runs in three balls but the fourth ball came in unexpectedly and took the wickets flying. Pakistan suffered another major loss in the form of Babar Azam and he was dismissed for 10 runs off 24 balls with the help of two fours. Covers were removed from the rain-stopped pitch in Colombo and when play resumed, Pakistan’s poor batting continued and Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed by Shardal Thakur after adding two runs in the first over. Fakhrzaman also failed to perform despite getting opportunities from the Indian fielders and was bowled after scoring 27 runs. Agha Salman was the fifth batsman to be dismissed, scoring 23 off 32 balls to become the wicket of Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep Yadav gave India consecutive wickets and dismissed Shadab Khan for 110. Iftikhar Ahmed scored 23 runs off 35 balls with the help of a four and was caught by Kuldeep Yadav. Pakistan’s eighth wicket fell for 128 runs when Faheem Ashraf was dismissed for 4 runs while Shaheen Shah Afridi remained not out for 7 runs. Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah did not come to bat, due to which India won by 228 runs. Kuldeep Yadav took the most 5 wickets for India, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Shardal Thakur took one wicket each. India’s biggest margin in ODI cricket against Pakistan is 228 runs. Famous batsman Virat Kohli was named the man of the match. It should be noted that the ongoing Asia Cup Super Four match between traditional rivals Pakistan and India could not be completed on the first day due to rain and the rest of the match was played from there on the second reserve day.