IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2023 Match: The India vs. Pakistan game was cancelled on Saturday at Pallekele due to persistent rain. The two teams were tied for first place with a point each, but Pakistan advanced to the Super 4 with a victory against Nepal in the opening game of the 2023 Asia Cup on August 30.
Rain twice stopped the Indian inning. The Indian innings was interrupted by rain twice, the first time after 4.2 overs and the second time in the 12th over. In the first innings, 53 minutes passed without Pakistan’s chase even getting started. Play was stopped at 9.52 PM, two umpire inspections earlier than the cutoff time of 10.27 PM.
IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2023 Match
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, won the toss and elected to bat in Pallekele’s cloudy conditions. Sanjay Manjrekar, a former cricketer for India, instantly questioned Rohit’s squad decision, claiming Mohammed Shami was left out in favor of Shardul Thakur because the team was uneasy with their batting lineup.
After the top order struggled against Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, Shardul Thakur ended up making very few runs with the bat. When play was interrupted by rain for the first time during the fifth over of the Indian innings, Rohit Sharma was off to a rather confident start against Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Match after Rain: IND vs PAK
When the game restarted, Afridi, who had initially delivered a few loose balls. Soon fixed his lengths and was rewarded with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
A full ball that crept in slightly to upset Rohit Sharma’s stumps defeated him. It wasn’t a beautiful sight and once more showed how vulnerable the Indian top order is to left-arm pacers. Before the rain delay, Rohit had struck two well-timed boundaries. But his dismissal highlights the necessity for India. To make a swift course correction with the World Cup only a little over a month away.
Even Virat Kohli, who had earlier proudly shared his yo-yo score on an Instagram story, did poorly. He got things going with a boundary thanks to a fantastic cover drive. But he shortly inside-edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery against his leg stump. Again, these are concerning indications that Kohli has had difficulty against left-arm bowlers as Rohit has.
India’s lack of ODIs was also apparent. In the first ODI against the West Indies, Rohit Sharma batted at the bottom of the order while Virat Kohli did not bat at all. Additionally, they missed the final two games of the three-ODI series.
The way Virat Kohli has been playing in the lead-up to the World Cup has been far from ideal. He scored two more hundred in three games against Sri Lanka after breaking his ODI century drought late last year in Bangladesh. But he has since struggled, scoring just one half-century in three ODIs against Australia. Three against New Zealand, and this one in Pallekele against Pakistan.
Shubman Gill had a spectacular start to the year, smashing a record-breaking double hundred. And then building on it with some exceptional IPL performances. However, his performance in the World Test Championship final and on the West Indies tour has also raised questions about his form. After a lengthy absence from international cricket, Shreyas Iyer tried to trick the opposition. Nevertheless, both players were eventually taken out by the ferocious Haris Rauf as India’s innings sank to 66 for 4.
Ishan Kishan, who was playing his debut game against Pakistan and India vice captain Hardik Pandya, was in charge of the comeback effort. The two players took advantage of Babar Azam’s shoddy fielding and dubious tactics by running well. Effortlessly slipping through holes, and piercing them at whim. The Indian top order was completely demolished by Pakistan’s three pacers before Babar switched to his spinners. Who were unable to apply the same kind of pressure. The three spinners for Pakistan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Agha Salman, conceded 133 runs in 21 overs.