The mouth-watering Asia Cup 2023 Tremendous 4 conflict between India and Pakistan ended within the favour of the Rohit Sharma-led facet as they registered a shocking 228-run victory on Monday. The match started on Sunday however as a result of rain interruptions, it needed to be shifted to the reserve day on Monday, the place Virat Kohli left everybody dazzled along with his 122-run knock. Chasing 357, the Babar Azam-led facet couldn’t even inch nearer as Kuldeep Yadav took a five-wicket haul and bundled out Pakistan for simply 128 runs.
In the course of the mid-innings break, there was a second which left former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram extremely disenchanted. Host broadcasters Star Sports activities had organised a ballot, asking the followers to vote both for India pacer Jasprit Bumrah or Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. The outcomes confirmed that 98% of the viewers favoured Bumrah and solely 2% of them took Babar’s facet.
Seeing this, Akram didn’t mince his phrases and stated, “You guys are making these stats up. What? Babar is the No. 1 batter on this planet. I imply, come on guys. Give him just a little appreciation. Make it 3 p.c no less than. It is going to be an incredible battle. One of many high bowlers in world cricket in opposition to the No. 1 batter on this planet, who apparently has simply 2 p.c probability in opposition to him.”
— Nihari Korma (@NihariVsKorma) September 11, 2023
Nevertheless, Bumrah proved Akram mistaken because the Pakistan skipper visibly struggled in opposition to Bumrah’s fiery spell. He confronted 13 deliveries by Bumrah and out of which, 11 have been dot balls. The star pacer ended his spell with 18 runs and one wicket in 5 overs.
Speaking concerning the match, India posted an imposing 356 for two, as Kohli (122 not out off 94 balls) and Rahul (111 not out off 106 balls), which was his sixth ODI hundred, pummeled a hapless Pakistan, whose chase ended at 128 for 8 as Kuldeep Yadav (5/25) scythed via them.
On the century rely in ODIs, Kohli now stands simply two behind Sachin Tendulkar’s document 49.
As soon as India restarted the day from 147 for two in 24.1 overs, they wanted Kohli and Rahul, the 2 in a single day batters, to go massive, they usually did that in some type.
Together with Rahul, Kohli amassed 233 runs for the unbeaten third wicket stand – the very best ODI partnership for India in opposition to Pakistan.
En path to his 77th worldwide century, Kohli additionally added some private milestones to an already lengthy record, changing into the quickest batsman to 13000 ODI runs and scoring his fourth ton in as many innings on the R Premadasa Stadium.
(With PTI Inputs)
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