For the second time in the 2023 Asia Cup, India vs Pakistan match interrupted by rain
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.
India’s Strong Start
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.
T20I run chase on cards in Colombo
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 is 10:36 PM on Sunday. Pakistan can receive a revised DLS target of around 180 runs in 20 overs if India does not resume its innings. A pitch inspection took place at 7:30 PM. Interestingly, India’s Super Four match against Pakistan is the only Asia Cup game with a reserve day.
What happens on reserve day?
If adverse weather suspends play on Sunday, the match will continue on the reserve day (Monday) at the same score. Match officials are tasked to complete the Indi-Pak match on the original matchday. To make sure that the Super 4 match is completed on the original day, the Super 4 clash can see a reduction in the number of overs.
It should be noted that a minimum of 20 overs is required to be bowled in the two innings to get a result. The game hours can also be extended by 90 minutes on the match day. 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. Earlier in the continental tournament, India’s highly anticipated Group A match was abandoned due to rain at the Pallekele Stadium.