The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 group stage has been called off due to persistent rain. Both teams walked away with a single point each from the abandoned match.
With today’s point, Pakistan has also secured a position in the Super Four stage of the tournament, having accumulated three points from two matches. Their earlier victory against Nepal had already earned them two points. On the other hand, India finds itself in a precarious situation with just one point to its name. To secure a spot in the Super Four stage, the Men in Blue must win against Nepal in their upcoming match on September 4.
India Batting / Scores Brief
Pakistan Bowling Figures
The match was poised to be a showdown of skills, with India batting first and posting a total of 266 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 48.5 overs. The star of India’s innings was Ishan Kishan, who played a scintillating knock of 82 runs, supported by Hardik Pandya’s explosive batting display. Their partnership of 138 runs off 140 balls laid the foundation for India’s respectable total.
Unfortunately, the rain played the role of the ultimate game-changer, robbing cricket fans of a chance to witness Jasprit Bumrah’s much-anticipated return to the bowling attack. The rain delay halted India’s progress at 15-0 after 4.2 overs, and despite some valiant efforts from Indian batsmen, the inclement weather proved to be the match’s final victor.
Pakistan’s fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi emerged as the wrecker-in-chief, dismantling India’s top order with crucial wickets including those of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja. Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah also played pivotal roles, contributing with three-wicket hauls each.
The match’s start was marred by a missed opportunity when Rohit Sharma was dropped early in his innings. Despite his initial fortune, India struggled against the fierce pace attack from Pakistan, and the rain interruptions further disrupted their momentum.
Also See: 2023 Asia Cup Points Table
India 266 (Hardik Pandya 87, Ishan Kishan 82; Shaheen Afridi 4-35) vs Pakistan (Didnt bat).