Ind vs Pak Asia Cup 2023 Highlights: Rain Disrupts Thrilling Clash Which Advances Pakistan


In the eagerly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 clash between Ind vs Pak cricket fans around the world were left disappointed as rain played spoilsport leading to the match being called off without a result. This highly anticipated encounter between the two cricketing giants promised excitement but was ultimately thwarted by the unpredictable weather conditions. Let’s delve into the key highlights and updates from this intriguing contest.

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Match Info:

  • Match: PAK vs IND, 3rd Match, Group A, Asia Cup, 2023
  • Date: Saturday, September 02, 2023
  • Toss: India won the toss and opted to bat
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Ruchira Palliyaguruge Third Umpire: Paul Wilson Match Referee: Javagal Srinath

Pakistan Squad:

  • Playing: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
  • Bench: Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Usama Mir
  • Support Staff: Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Andrew Puttick, Morne Morkel

India Squad:

  • Playing: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
  • Bench: Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma, Mohammed Shami
  • Support Staff: Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey, T Dilip

Ind Vs Pak Scorecard:

Rohit Sharma (c)11
Shubman Gill10
Virat Kohli47
Shreyas Iyer14
Ishan Kishan (wk)82
Hardik Pandya87
Ravindra Jadeja14
Shardul Thakur3
Kuldeep Yadav4
Jasprit Bumrah16
Mohammed Siraj (not out)1

Pak Bowling :

Shaheen Afridi1023543.50
Naseem Shah8.503634.10
Haris Rauf905836.40
Shadab Khan905706.30
Mohammad Nawaz805506.90
Agha Salman402105.20

Rain Takes Center Stage:

The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy was the setting for this epic clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. However, persistent rain interruptions hampered the match from the beginning. The heavens opened up multiple times during the India innings causing delays and setting the stage for a frustrating evening for cricket enthusiasts.

Pakistan Qualifies for Super Four:

As the rain continued to fall hopes of a full match dwindled and eventually. the game was called off around 10:05 pm IST. Unfortunately, not a single ball was bowled after India had posted a competitive total of 266 runs in 48.5 overs. This ‘No Result’ meant that Pakistan became the first team to secure a spot in the Super Four of the Asia Cup 2023. They finished their Group A campaign with 3 points positioning themselves well for the next stage.

DLS Targets and Ongoing Delays:

Throughout the evening cricket fans anxiously awaited a possible resumption of the match. The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method, which calculates revised targets in rain-affected games came into focus. However, the cut-off time for a 20-over contest was missed due to the persistent drizzle leaving both teams with a shared point each.

Individual Performances:

Despite the match’s premature end there were noteworthy individual performances. Ishan Kishan’s fearless batting displayed his talent as he scored a remarkable 82 runs off 81 balls. Hardik Pandya’s aggressive style contributed 87 runs forming a vital 138-run partnership with Kishan. These performances hinted at a thrilling encounter that never fully materialized.

Historic Feat by Pakistani Pacers:

In the early stages of the game Pakistan’s pace attack led by Shaheen Afridi achieved a unique feat in Asia Cup history. They claimed all 10 Indian wickets a historic occurrence in ODIs for the Asia Cup. The trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf shared all 10 wickets between them making a significant impact on the match.

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In the end the India vs. Pakistan clash in the Asia Cup 2023 will be remembered more for the unpredictable weather than the on-field action. Despite the disappointment cricket fans can look forward to more thrilling encounters in the tournament. Pakistan’s advancement to the Super Four sets the stage for exciting matchups in the coming days. While the rain may have played spoilsport the spirit of cricket remains alive and fans eagerly await the next chapter in this fierce rivalry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the Ind vs Pak Asia Cup 2023 match called off?

The Ind vs Pak Asia Cup 2023 match was called off due to persistent rain. No play was possible after India posted a total of 266 runs in 48.5 overs.

Who were the standout performers in the India innings in IND vs PAK?

Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya were the standout performers for India in their innings. Ishan Kishan scored 82 runs off 81 balls, while Hardik Pandya contributed 87 runs off 90 balls.

How did Pakistan’s bowlers perform in Ind Vs Pak Asia Cup 2023?

Pakistan’s bowlers led by Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf put up a strong performance. Shaheen Afridi took 4 wickets for 35 runs in his 10 overs while Haris Rauf claimed 3 wickets for 58 runs in his 9 overs.

What is the impact of the no result on the points table?

The no result meant that Pakistan ended their Group A proceedings with 3 points and it assured them a place in the Super Four stage of the tournament. India on the other hand had 1 point from this match and needed to win their next fixture against Nepal to progress to the Super Four.

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