Pak vs Ind: Rain stops play after India lose openers in quick succession

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The much-anticipated high-voltage clash of Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 clash was halted due to rain after India lost both openers in quick succession to Pakistan. 

A storm made its way to the Premadasa Stadium with the covers moved immediately, according to ESPNcricinfo. India are 147/2 in 24.1 over. 

The match kicked off Sunday with Pakistan winning the toss and opting to bowl in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

“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.

Meanwhile, India are playing their first match in the 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. 

In the clash today, each side is looking to come out on top, especially after rain washed out their previous game in Pallekele. 

On that occasion, India were dismissed for 266 in 48.5 overs. Pakistan — who are currently at the top of the points table — could not begin their chase because of the weather.

With chances of precipitation up to 90%, spectators and fans fear another disrupted game. However, according to ESPNcricinfo, it was bright and sunny on Sunday morning in Colombo.

However, should the rain interrupt the match later in the day, the match will move to Monday — the reserve day for the clash.

This is a big match because even one loss in the Super 4s can send you on the brink of “must-win territory”, and with in-form Sri Lanka set to face both these sides next week, the two points at stake today are in high demand. 

There is also a small chance that today’s fixture is the last India v Pakistan fixture at the 2023 Asia Cup because Sri Lanka are strong contenders to be a finalist and history tells us that India and Pakistan have never met at Asia Cup finals.

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