The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan match in the Asia Cup 2023 was halted due to rain on Sunday. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first, and the Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, put on a solid partnership of 83 runs before rain interrupted play.
The match was stopped with India at 147/2 in 24.1 overs. Rohit Sharma was batting on 52 and Gill was on 31.
The weather forecast for the rest of the day is not good, so it is likely that the match will be called off. This would be a major disappointment for fans of both teams, as this is one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were the star performers for India in the first half of the match. Sharma scored 52 runs off 53 balls, while Gill scored 31 runs off 28 balls. Both batsmen looked in good touch and were putting on a solid partnership before the rain interruption.
Current batting scenario
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are currently at the crease for India, scoring 8 and 17 runs respectively. The match is currently in a state of limbo, as it is not clear when play will resume.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir
There are weather concerns for the rest of the tournament, with rain expected throughout the week. This could have a major impact on the schedule, and it is possible that some matches may have to be rescheduled.
Pakistan’s bowling unit
Pakistan’s bowling unit has been impressive in the tournament so far, and they will be looking to exploit the conditions in Sri Lanka. Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali are the two key bowlers for Pakistan, and they will be hoping to take early wickets and put India under pressure.
Shubman Gill’s take
Shubman Gill has said that India’s batsmen will have to be wary of Pakistan’s bowling attack. He said that Shaheen Afridi is a very good bowler and that India will have to play him carefully.
The decision to allot an extra day for the India-Pakistan match has raised eyebrows. Some people have argued that this is unfair to the other teams in the tournament. However, the organizers have said that they made this decision in order to ensure that the match is played in full.
The India-Pakistan match is one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, and it is a shame that it has been disrupted by rain. Hopefully, play will be able to resume soon so that we can see a full and competitive match.