India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2023: For the second time in a row, rain interrupted the India-Pakistan match on Sunday at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Rains forced the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan into a reserve day after just 24.1 overs of play in the Super Four match of the 2023 Asia Cup.
Today i.e. September 11, the arch rivals will resume their rain-drenched Asia Cup clash against India at 147-2 in 24.1 overs. The reserve day has been activated with organizers aiming to have a total of 50 overs for each innings – weather permitting.
Earlier, the first round match between India and Pakistan was called off after India was bowled out for 266 in the 49th over. India will play for three consecutive days, with another Super Four match against Sri Lanka scheduled to be played tomorrow i.e. September 12.
Is it raining in Colombo today?
Ahead of the start of the Asia Cup Super Four clash between India and Pakistan in Colombo on Reserve Day, some discouraging signs from the island nation have cast doubt on the possibility of completing the match. There was heavy rain in Colombo at 7am on the day of the reserve. The sky is extremely cloudy. Additionally, the pitch suffered immense damage due to visible wet areas at the R Premadas Stadium, where the match is taking place. More rain will only make these fixes worse, delay the game further, or even cause abort without further action.
What will happen if the reserve day match between India and Pakistan is called today?
If today’s match is also canceled, India and Pakistan will take one point each, as reported by the news agency. ANI. With this, Pakistan will move to the top of the Super Four table with three points, after winning against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka have already recorded a victory against Bangladesh, worth two points, almost eliminating them from the competition. In this case, India’s next two matches against Sri Lanka (September 12) and Bangladesh (September 15) will be must-win matches for India and will achieve a total of five points.
Losing even one of these matches or two more defeats would reduce India to just three points, endangering their chances of qualification. It will depend on how the points table fares for the rest of the teams due to their results, rain and net points rate if India wants to qualify for the final with three points.
The weather was the subject of intense debate during the Sri Lankan leg of the Asia Cup. Rain is expected in the Sri Lankan capital throughout the tournament.
Dashboard at the end of day 1
Rohit Sharma56 (49)
Shubman Gill 58 (52)
Virat Kohli 8* (16)
KL Rahul 17* (28)
Shaheen Afridi 1/37 (5)
Naseem Shah 0/23 (5)
Faheem Achraf 0/15 (3)
Haris Rauf 0/27 (5)
Shadab Khan 1/45 (6.1)
Meanwhile, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) added an exclusive reserve day on September 10 for the Super 4 match between India and Pakistan. However, there will be no reserve day for any of the other Super 4 matches in Sri Lanka. According to the ACC statement, “A reserve day has been incorporated for the 2023 Asia Cup Super 4 match between Pakistan and India which is scheduled to take place on September 10, 2023 at R. Premadasa. International cricket Colombo Stadium.
After the reserve day was announced specifically for the Super Four clash between India and Pakistan, former India opener Wasim Jaffer took a hilarious dig at the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket teams. Jaffer took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share a scene from the Bollywood film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’ and reflect on the situation of the four teams. Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad has slammed the ACC’s decision to have a spare day only for the India-Pakistan match. He criticized the ACC’s decision and said it was unethical to have different rules for two teams.
(With contribution from agencies)
Updated: September 11, 2023, 10:32 AM IST