India’s star batsmen Virat Kohli and the returning KL Rahul both scored unbeaten centuries to lead India to a resounding 228-run victory over Pakistan in a rain-affected Super Four match of the Asia Cup on the reserve day.
Kohli, with 122 runs, and Rahul, with 111 runs, combined for a formidable partnership of 233 runs as India posted a total of 356-2. This total proved to be more than enough as they bowled out Pakistan for just 128 runs in their 50-over encounter in Colombo.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma expressed the importance of getting some game time in the One Day International format. He credited the groundsmen for their efforts and appreciated their terrific job in managing the pitch.
Sharma acknowledged that it wasn’t easy due to the interruptions caused by rain but praised the fantastic batting performance of his team. He highlighted the outstanding contributions of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav while commending Jasprit Bumrah for his strong comeback after a long injury layoff.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, expressed his disappointment with his team’s performance, noting that they were below par.
He was surprised by the aggressive approach of India’s batsmen from the outset and credited KL Rahul and Virat Kohli for their excellent finishing.
Babar mentioned that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj bowled exceptionally well in the initial Powerplay, and he concluded by acknowledging that Pakistan failed to build strong partnerships during the match.