Despite the looming threat of rain disrupting the game, India decided to take the batting initiative in their opening Asia Cup clash against Pakistan. Initially, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill managed to muster just 15 runs within the first four overs before rain intervened, suspending play temporarily.
Following a brief hiatus, the match dynamics underwent a dramatic shift for India, as Shaheen Afridi’s formidable bowling prowess led to the rapid dismissal of four Indian batsmen. Consequently, India’s scoreboard dwindled to a precarious 66/4.
However, the tide turned in India’s favor when Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya joined forces to forge a substantial partnership for the fifth wicket, with both players achieving half-centuries. Kishan delivered an impressive innings of 82 runs, while Hardik contributed a formidable 87 to the team’s total.
As a result of their efforts, India managed to post a competitive score of 266 on the board. Shaheen Afridi secured four wickets, while Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf each claimed three scalps.
Despite India setting the stage for an intriguing contest with their formidable total, Mother Nature had different plans. A relentless downpour during the second innings forced the game to be called off without a single delivery bowled.