• Friday, September 22, 2023


Rain may hit high-octane India-Pakistan clash at Asia Cup 2023 today

India, led by Rohit Sharma, were set to play their first match of the tournament against the arch-rivals who hammered debutantes Nepal in their first game by 238 runs.

Cricket fans, with their faces painted in the Indian and Pakistani national flag colours, pose for photographs ahead of the Asia Cup match between the two arch-rivals, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Friday, September 1, 2023. (PTI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE cricketing world was waiting for an exciting Saturday (2) as India and Pakistan were set to lock horns in the ongoing Asia Cup. The two former champions were playing each other at Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy in Sri Lanka in a Group A encounter and the Indian side, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, had its task cut out against a rejuvenated Pakistan side which recently achieved the top rank in the 50-over format.

While India’s strength has been their batting, Pakistan boast of a strong bowling line-up with the pace trio of Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf leading the attack. The spinning duo of Shadab Khan and Muhammad Nawaz also make their side’s bowling attack formidable.

For India, seamer Jasprit Bumrah and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer were making a comeback after a long injury break. The Indian side will be having concerns over its middle order which has looked rusty. Pakistan’s batting looks strong on the other hand with captain Babar Azam in good touch. He slammed 151 in Pakistan’s first game in the tournament which was against debutantes Nepal in Multan and the home side won by 238 runs.

There were, however, concerns over rain playing a spoilsport. There have been spells of drizzle in between with the ground staff covering the pitch. There is no reserve day for the match and a washout will see both sides sharing the points with Pakistan advancing to the Super 4 stage.

India will play Nepal at the same ground on Monday (4).

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