Pakistan will face their biggest rivals India in a blockbuster Super 4 Asia Cup match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The group stage match between India and Pakistan was washed out after the first innings, with Pakistan bowling India out for 266.
With the threat of rain looming again, the Asian Cricket Council has set a reserve day for Monday, allowing matches to continue if conditions worsen.
keep an eye on the weather
Fans and players got some respite from the scorching heat as the passing clouds hid the sun.
There is no reason to worry as it is still bright and breezy with no sign of impending rain.
The rain forecast has now been extended beyond 9 p.m. local time. The match is due to end around 11 pm, with a reserve day kept for tomorrow.
21 overs. India 137-2
Shadab looked more confident in the last few overs, especially after picking up the crucial wicket of India skipper Rohit.
He finished the 21st over with just two runs. Excellent from the spinner once again!
20 overs. India 135-2
Afridi returned and Rahul hit him for a four.
India’s current run rate is around 6.75, which is still pretty good despite losing two wickets in a row.
19 overs. India 131-2
Shadab gave seven runs in the over.
India’s rhythm has been broken thanks to two quick wickets taken by Pakistan.
Kohli and Rahul will have to build a partnership here to gain control.
18 overs. India 124-2
Afridi, who had a poor start and was treated for a finger, dismissed Gill as Pakistan made a comeback in Colombo.
Gill hits it straight towards cover, where he is caught.
India now have two new batsmen on the field – KL Rahul and Kohli.
17.5 overs. India 123-2, Gill out
Pakistan is back in the game!
Afridi dismissed Gill for 58 and Pakistan got a big success in this match.
KL Rahul will be India’s next batsman.
Fans roared for Kohli
The stadium erupted in thunder as Pakistan finally got the breakthrough. And it’s not because of the dismissal, but what happened after: Virat Kohli coming to the wicket.
It is difficult to tell if only Indian fans are happy to see the former Indian captain, fans of both the teams and even neutral people are chanting Kohli’s name in unison.
Every second Indian shirt has a superstar’s name on the back.
17 overs. India 122-1
Gave away just four runs and took a wicket – Shadab will be buoyed by his performance in this over.
Meanwhile, former India skipper and dangerman Kohli was off target.
16.4 overs. India 121-1, Rohit out!
Finally Pakistan got the first wicket! India’s captain Rohit was dismissed for 56 and Shadab got his first wicket. Rohit tries to chip the ball over wide long off but is caught by Ashraf.
Kohli is India’s next batsman.
16 overs. India 118-0
At the moment Pakistan are on the backfoot, Shadab and Afridi are proving to be very expensive and giving away many runs.
Meanwhile, Rauf came to bowl the 16th over and allowed India to score only three runs in it. Is good!
It’s drinks break time.
India fans are enjoying
Indian fans hardly get a chance to sit between the boundaries of their team’s openers.
Loud cheers and “Indiaaaaa, India!” Slogans of. Say hello on every border.
The Tiranga (tricolor Indian flag) has dominated the flag-waving competition, as the Chand-Tara (crescent and star) has been placed on the back seat, as have Pakistani fans.
15 overs. India 115-0
Indian captain Rohit completed his half-century by hitting a six off Shadab. He reached 50 runs in 42 balls. He then hits a boundary, leaving fans in awe.
If Pakistan have to disturb India’s rhythm, then they are in dire need of wickets. Shadab ends the over with 12 runs.
14 overs. India 103-0
Rauf conceded seven runs in the over as India crossed the 100-run mark.
Excellent start from India. Runs are coming easily for the team, with both the openers playing with complete freedom. Smooth, solid partnership between Gill and skipper Rohit so far.
13 overs. India 96-0
With Shadab coming in, it’s time to bowl some spin.
Gill completes his 50, his eighth ODI half-century. The youngster reached the mark in 37 balls, getting India off to a solid start.
Meanwhile, Rohit hit Shadab for two sixes and a four, increasing the early pressure on the spinner.
19 runs were scored in that over. Sensational from India!
12 overs. India 77-0
Rauf took the new over in place of Naseem and gave away eight runs, which included a four off Rohit.
As things stand, India seems to be in good control of this match with the openers scoring big runs.
Rohit and Gill have been looking aggressive, which will be important for India if they have to set a big target against their opponents.
11 overs. India 69-0
Faheem bowled the 11th over.
India’s openers are enjoying the momentum as Gill hits another four. He is very close to his half-century.
10 overs. India 61-0
Naseem returned to the mix.
Indian captain Rohit hit