Clouds clear up and sun shines on Colombo ahead of reserve day

Clouds clear up and sun shines on Colombo ahead of reserve day

For the second time in the 2023 edition of the Asia Cup, the blockbuster encounter between India and Pakistan was interrupted by a spell of heavy rain in Colombo on Sunday. Rohit Sharma’s India were 147 for two in 24.1 overs when rain gods made their presence felt at the famous R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Winning the toss and inviting India to bat at Colombo, Pakistan’s world-class bowling attack was put to the sword by openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The Indian openers smashed half-centuries to add 121 runs for the opening wicket in the Super 4 match between the traditional rivals at the Asia Cup. Batting icon Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul were unbeaten on 8 and 17 respectively after rain lashed the Premadasa Stadium to halt the India innings in Colombo. According to the official broadcasters, the cutoff time for a 20-over game between India and Pakistan was 10:36 PM on Sunday. Pakistan would have received a revised DLS target of around 180 runs in 20 overs if India did not resume its innings. A pitch inspection took place at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM before intermittent rain pushed the Super 4 clash between India and Pakistan to a reserve day.India’s Super Four match against Pakistan is the only Asia Cup game with a reserve day. Since the adverse weather has suspended play on Sunday, the match will continue on the reserve day (Monday) at the same score. Match officials were earlier tasked to complete the Indo-Pak match on the original matchday.It should be noted that a minimum of 20 overs is required to be bowled in the two innings to get a result. If the Super 4 match between the two teams is a washout on the reserve day, then India and Pakistan will share the match points. With India’s match against Babar and Co. set to be decided on a reserve day, Rohit’s men will meet Sri Lanka in their next Super Four match in less than 24 hours after the completion of the Pakistan game on Tuesday. Earlier in the continental tournament, India’s highly anticipated Group A match was abandoned due to rain at the Pallekele Stadium.