The highly anticipated match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023 commenced on Sunday (10th September) at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistani captain Babar Azam hoped for a strong start from his team. However, rain interrupted the match when the Indian team had made a commendable score of 147 runs for the loss of two wickets in 24.1 overs. The match is set to resume on Monday (11th September), promising an exciting conclusion.
Strong Strong from Indian batters
Indian openers Shubman Gill and captain Rohit Sharma provided a solid foundation for Team India. The Pakistani bowlers struggled to make an impact in the initial 10 overs, allowing the Indian batsmen to capitalize on their advantage.
Shaheen Afridi Injury Asia cup 2023
Star fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who unfortunately got injured early on, was unable to showcase his bowling skills. He conceded 31 runs in three overs before leaving the field. However, he later returned to continue bowling.
Pakistan had a chance to dismiss Shubman Gill on the third ball of the eighth over when a delivery from Naseem Shah outside off-stump went to slip after hitting Gill’s bat. Iftikhar Ahmed, standing there, failed to catch it, giving Gill a lifeline. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Gill went on to score a half-century.
Captain Rohit Sharma and opener Shubman Gill formed an impressive partnership, reaching their respective half-centuries and achieving a century partnership for the first wicket. They played exceptionally well against all the Pakistani bowlers.
Pakistan’s Shadab Khan finally broke the partnership by dismissing Indian captain Rohit Sharma in the 17th over. Despite playing some remarkable shots and hitting boundaries and sixes, Rohit couldn’t continue for long and was caught by Faheem Ashraf off Shadab Khan’s delivery.
Rohit Sharma batting vs Pakistan
Rohit scored 56 runs off 49 balls, including six fours and four sixes, completing his 50th half-century in ODI cricket. He became the eighth Indian batsman to achieve this milestone. Additionally, Rohit created a special record by hitting a six in the first over of Shaheen Afridi, becoming the first batsman to do so in any format of international cricket.
Shubman Gill also reached his eighth half-century in ODI cricket before being caught by Salman off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling. He scored 58 runs off 52 balls, featuring 10 fours, before getting out.
The rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is widely regarded as one of the most intense and closely watched rivalries in the world of sports.
Their matches in the Asia Cup, a tournament held between Asian cricketing nations, have always been highly anticipated and eagerly awaited by fans from both countries.
When India vs Pakistan first match happened in Asia Cup history
The first clash between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup took place in 1984, with India emerging as the victors, defeating Pakistan by 54 runs. This initial triumph set the stage for future encounters between the two teams and ignited a fierce competitive spirit between them.
All Asia cup matches between India vs Pakistan
In 1988, the two teams faced off again in the Asia Cup, and once again, India came out on top, winning the match by 5 wickets. This win further solidified India’s dominance over Pakistan in the tournament.
Pakistan won Asia cup match in 1995
However, Pakistan managed to turn the tables in 1995 when they defeated India by a significant margin of 97 runs. This victory was a significant moment for Pakistan, showcasing their ability to compete against their arch-rivals on the cricket field.
In 2000, Pakistan once again emerged victorious against India in the Asia Cup, winning by 44 runs. This win served as a reminder that Pakistan was a force to be reckoned with and could challenge India’s supremacy in the tournament.
Strong comeback by Indian Team
The year 2004 saw India reclaiming their dominance over Pakistan in the Asia Cup, winning the match by a comfortable margin of 59 runs. This victory showcased India’s superior skills and strategic prowess on the cricket field.
However, political tensions between India and Pakistan led to the abandonment of the match in 2008. This unfortunate incident highlighted how the rivalry between these two nations extends beyond the cricket field and can impact sporting events.In 2010, Pakistan once again emerged victorious against India in the Asia Cup, winning by 54 runs.
This win was celebrated by Pakistani fans as a significant achievement against their traditional rivals.India bounced back in 2012, winning the match against Pakistan by 8 wickets. This victory showcased India’s batting prowess and their ability to chase down targets with ease.
Result of IND vs pak Asia cup 2014
In 2014, Pakistan secured a thrilling victory against India by just one wicket. This closely contested match provided fans with a nail-biting experience and added another chapter to their long-standing rivalry.
The year 2016 saw India coming out on top once again, defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets. This victory further solidified India’s dominance over Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
Most recently, in 2018, India once again emerged victorious against Pakistan, winning by 8 wickets. This win showcased India’s consistent performance against their arch-rivals and added another memorable moment to their rivalry.
who won most matches India vs Pakistan in Asia cup history
Overall, India has had the upper hand in their encounters in the Asia Cup, winning six matches compared to Pakistan’s four victories.
However, each match between these two teams is highly competitive and sparks intense emotions among fans. The rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is a testament to the passion and love for the sport in both countries.