Colombo: Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s spectacular centuries propelled India to a commanding total of 356/2 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 clash, which was ultimately decided on a reserve day due to intermittent rain. After resuming their innings at 147 for two on Monday, the Indian duo of Kohli and Rahul combined for an extraordinary partnership of 233 runs, remaining unbeaten throughout their stellar performance.
Kohli, initially starting cautiously, steadily accelerated his innings, displaying his trademark class and composure. He reached his 47th ODI century with absolute authority, leaving the Pakistan bowlers helpless against his relentless onslaught. Rahul, returning from injury, exhibited remarkable form as well, including a delightful pull shot against Shaheen Shah Afridi for his first boundary. His impeccable timing and confidence persisted on the reserve day, as he notched up his 6th ODI century.
Jasprit Bumrah, initially subdued, later tightened his grip on the match, consistently troubling the Pakistani batsmen with his swing and pace. He drew first blood by dismissing Imam-ul-Haq for just 9 runs.
Kuldeep Yadav, undeterred by a dropped catch off his first over, maintained his focus and determination. He eventually claimed Fakhar Zaman and continued his fine form, scalping Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, and Iftikhar Ahmed to finish with a remarkable 5/25.
India’s comprehensive victory over their arch-rivals was a testament to their batting prowess and the brilliance of their bowlers, particularly Kohli, Rahul, Bumrah, and Yadav, who collectively engineered Pakistan’s downfall in this thrilling encounter.