Virat Kohli and KL Rahul had to pause and start their innings after rain delay. India and Pakistan are playing against each other in Asia Cup 2023 Super 4’s Match. As their round robin match got washed away due to rain, BCCI and PCB have gone for a reserve day for this important clash. Pakistan captain Babar Azam has asked India to bat first after winning the toss. Rohit Sharma(56) and Shubman Gill(58) gave India a steady start on 10th September. 2023. Rain came pouring down and both teams have had to activate Reserve Day.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul started the innings from where they left off. Both of them survived few chances and went on to score brilliant centuries. KL Rahul on his return after an injury break, played good cricketing shots and went after spinners. India benefitted with his approach in the middle when Virat Kohli looked slow. As the innings progressed both of them grabbed the opportunities and hit their centuries. India did not look as vulnerable as they did in washed out game against Pakistan, in this one.
Both the batters did not give Pakistan bowlers time to re-think their strategies. Even though a drizzle came down, it did not stop the play this time around. India kept benefitting from the fact that Pakistan bowlers looked tired and clueless. Haris Rauf got injured and Pakistan had to look for a batter who can bowl or a part-timer to compensate. This helped KL Rahul to complete his 6th ODI hundred and Virat Kohli to complete his 47th ODI century. Virat scored 122 runs off 94 balls and KL Rahul scored 111 in 106 balls. Because of their combined efforts, India reached 356/2 in 50 overs.
Virat Kohli smashed 4,4 and 6 to finish the innings on a high. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have put on a partnership of 233 runs for third wicket. This is has become highest ever partnership for any wicket for India in Asia Cups. At Colombo RPS, the conditions have turned slightly overcast as the innings progressed. Hence, the swing under lights could be threatening to Pakistan batters. India with 356 runs on board is looking to register another famous victory against Pakistan in Asia Cup bouts.
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