The highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2023 was marred by persistent rain on Sunday, forcing the match to be called off. Fortunately, organizers had the foresight to schedule a reserve day specifically for this critical game. As a result, the showdown will now continue on Monday, with India resuming their innings at 147-2 in 24.1 overs. The match promises to pick up right where it left off, with both teams eager to secure a vital victory.
The encounter had commenced with Pakistan winning the toss and opting to bowl first. India had made two changes to their playing XI, with the injured Shreyas Iyer being replaced by KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah returning to the Indian side.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill set the stage on fire with a spectacular start. Rohit and Gill demonstrated a perfect blend of aggression and caution, gradually building a formidable partnership. Both players achieved individual milestones, with Gill and Rohit smashing half-centuries and placing Team India in a commanding position.
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Breakthroughs and rain interruptions
The turning point for Pakistan came when Shadab Khan dismissed Rohit after he had scored a splendid 56 runs. Shaheen Afridi then claimed the wicket of Gill, who contributed 58 runs to the Indian total. Just as the excitement reached its peak, the rain gods intervened.
Despite several rounds of pitch inspections and the ground staff’s diligent efforts, the umpires were unable to deem the playing conditions suitable for cricket. Eventually, the rains returned, leaving no choice but to call off the match. Cricket fans from both nations are now looking forward to Monday, hoping for clearer skies and uninterrupted play.
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Here is how Twitter reacted:
UPDATE – Play has been called off due to persistent rains 🌧️
See you tomorrow (reserve day) at 3 PM IST!
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 10, 2023
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 10, 2023
It’s raining cats and dogs here in Colombo. Game is called off for the day see you guys tomorrow.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) September 10, 2023
Play called off. India will resume their innings tomorrow from 147-2 in 24.1 overs.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) September 10, 2023
Play has been officially called off for today ☔❌
India will resume batting tomorrow with the score on 147/2 in a full 50-over contest! 🤩
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 10, 2023
India vs Pakistan is going to the reserve day.
India will resume at 147/2. pic.twitter.com/3KfJtXavPa
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 10, 2023
Play to commence tomorrow at 3pm with India at 147-2 (24.1 overs)
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) September 10, 2023
Tomorrow once again it will be a clear day with blue skies, but they will begin playing at 3 pm due to the start time, play for some 20 overs and it then it will rain for the rest of the night. Funny sport.
— absy (@absycric) September 10, 2023
Play called off. Frustrating.
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) September 10, 2023
Stumps, Day 1 👍 pic.twitter.com/yr90pVM0gz
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 10, 2023
🇮🇳v🇵🇰To be continued… 🤯
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) September 10, 2023
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 10, 2023
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) September 10, 2023
⛈️ Play has been called off. We move on to the 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 10, 2023
India Vs Pakistan Day 1 called off due to rain – India 147/2 after 24.1 overs.
– India will resume from 24.1 overs with a full 50 overs game…!! pic.twitter.com/s27CM6Q7cT
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 10, 2023
Play called off for the day.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 10, 2023
— Hamxa 🏏🇵🇰 (@hamxashahbax21) September 10, 2023
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 10, 2023