Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan qualify for Super Four round after rain washes out

The Pakistan and India match was washed out due to rain at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka, on Saturday.

Both teams have been awarded one points each as the match ended in draw. After achieving the one point, Pakistan have become the first team to qualify for the Super Four round.

Earlier, rain had delayed the start of Pakistan’s chase after India set a fighting total of 267 runs.Pakistani pacers – Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah – dismissed all Indian players at 266 in 48.5 overs.

Shaheen Afridi served early blows to India as he removed opening batsman Rohit Sharma and sent him back to pavilion soon after the play resumed after brief ran. An over later, he also claimed Kohli’s wicket with trademark inswinger. He also sent Hardik Pandya and Jedeja packing, to complete his four-for.

Haris Rauf also delivered magical spell as he dismissed Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan at a critical point when the middle order pair – Kishan and Pandya – was helping the team recover from early losses.

Naseem Shah removed Thakur, Jasprit Bhumra and Kuldeep Yadav – the tail order of the Team Blue, restricting it to 266.

Earlier, rain disrupted the match between Pakistan and India.

India won the toss and elected to bat first in the high-octane match with Pakistan. India were 15 without loss when showers stopped the match.

Pakistan’s pacers bowled with ferocity restricting India in early overs.

Hours earlier, showers fell in and around the stadium prompting the ground staff to cover the pitch. Rain stopped after half an hour or so.

Pakistan and India are clashing today in their eagerly-awaited Asia Cup match at Pallekele, Sri Lanka.

The match started at 2:30pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Cricketing fans from around the world wait with bated breath for the dream India-Pakistan clash. Yet another chapter to this storied rivalry is all set to be added when India take on Pakistan at the Asia Cup on Sept 2.

They will meet in an ODI for the first time since the 2019 World Cup, but rain could delay the start in Pallekele.

The Men in Green have named an unchanged side, which beat Nepal by 238 runs in Asia Cup opener on Wednesday in Multan.

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