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India-Pakistan clash in Asia Cup hit by Colombo rain


Arch rivals India and Pakistan will resume their rain-hit Asia Cup clash on Monday with India well placed at 2-147 after 24.1 overs of their innings.

Following a heavy downpour at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, ground staff had targeted a restart at late-evening restart for the Super Four game, but but more rain forced the umpires to call off play for the day.

The reserve day was activated with 50 overs scheduled for each team — weather permitting.

India were put in after Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave their side a terrific start by adding 121 for the first wicket in just 100 deliveries.

Rohit was slow off the blocks but the introduction of spin got him going as he cut loose, hitting Shadab Khan for two sixes and a four in successive balls.

Rohit reached his half-century in the next over against Shadab (1-45 in 6.1 overs), pulling the leg-spinner for six over midwicket. His half-century came off just 42 balls.

Gill, meanwhile, was confident against the quicks and brought up his 50 in only 37 balls with 10 fours.

The partnership was broken soon after the drinks break when Rohit attempted to hit Shadab over covers, but ended up giving Faheem Ashraf a well-taken catch in the deep.

Both India's openers were back in the pavilion by the next over. Gill failed to spot a cutter from Shaheen Shah Afridi (1-37 in five overs), was too early on his shot and ended up spooning an easy catch to Agha Salman.

Virat Kohli was unbeaten on eight while KL Rahul was 17 not out.