Play was called off in Colombo on Sunday in the Pakistan-India match due to persistent rain but will continue tomorrow since a reserve day has been set aside for the high-voltage clash.
It must be noted that Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first against India in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match.
When the match was stopped due to rain, India were 147/2 in 24.1 overs.
At one stage it seemed that a 34-over match will be possible but rain once again returned to dash the hopes of cricket fans.
According to the playing conditions, the game will continue from this point tomorrow with no overs lost.
Pakistan have fielded an unchanged playing XI for this high-voltage clash. Meanwhile India have made two changes with one of them being forced after Shreyas Iyer picked up a spasm in the back moments before the toss and will be replaced by KL Rahul. Jasprit Bumrah has also replaced Mohammad Shami in India’s lineup.
After beating Bangladesh by seven wickets in their first Super Four match, the Men in Green will look forward to continuing their excellent form in the Asia Cup.
“We will bowl first. I think there is a bit of moisture, we need to use that. Always, India-Pakistan is high intensity, but we will take it match to match. As a team, we are playing well, we are focused on this one,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam said at the toss.
India will be playing their first match in the Asia Cup Super 4 stage.
“Looking to bat first. There will be a challenge upfront, but the way we guys batted last time around gives us confidence. Every game is important for us, but one thing at a time to focus on,” said Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
The Group stage match between India and Pakistan on September 2 was washed out in Pallekele.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf