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9th Match, Super Four (D/N), Colombo (RPS), September 10 - 11, 2023, Asia Cup
(32/50 ov, T:357) 128

India won by 228 runs

Player Of The Match
122* (94)
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Scores: Ranjith P | Comms: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
India 356/2(50 overs)
122* (94)
1/71 (10)
111* (106)
Pakistan 128/8(32 overs)
27 (50)
5/25 (8)
23 (32)
1/17 (5)
end of over 327 runs • 3 wickets
PAK: 128/10CRR: 4.00 RRR: 12.72 • Need 229 from 18 overs
Shaheen Shah Afridi7 (6b 1x6)
Kuldeep Yadav 8-0-25-5
Shardul Thakur 4-0-16-1

That's all from us. Thank you for joining us for this big fixture that ended up being a one-sided affair. India with the two points, and they come back again tomorrow to face Sri Lanka. Pakistan have now slid to third on the points table. See you tomorrow again for more Asia Cup action. Thank you all.

Virat Kohli is the POTM for his 77th international century. He says, "I always prepared my game in a way I can help the team. Today was a classic example of you don't get off to a good start... KL started better, I was trying to bring him on strike and playing second fiddle. And yes, then after that I stepped up where I could. I take a lot of pride in fitness. Pushing for doubles are easy runs, compared to a big shot. It has paid off before, hope to continue in the same way. (Partnership... was classical.) Both KL and myself are both conventional players. And when you have him batting the way he was and me playing, its tough to break these partnerships because we don't play fancy shots. We didn't think about the partnership too much, the idea was to 'keep batting.' It is one of the memorable partnerships we've had and for Indian cricket as well. He hit form for us straightaway, good for us. (Another game in a few hours) Its the first time I have done anything like this in 15 years of cricket. Luckily we are Test players, so we know how to come back the next day and play. Recovery is crucial. It was humid out there today. I am 35 in November, so I need to take care of my recovery. A big shoutout to the groundstaff from my side."

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Rohit Sharma, winning captain: "We wanted to walk out to the park and have some game time. Many of the guys didn't have game time. This wouldn't have been possible if for the groundsman. I know how tough it is to do it yesterday and then again today. Big thanks to the groundstaff. It's not easy. We've seen them. There are so many people around the ground who wanted to make sure the game happened. (Big batting numbers today) It was a fantastic batting performance, right from yesterday. When we started, we knew the wicket was good. With interruptions you have to adjust, but with two experienced batters in the middle, we knew they'd get their eye in and then terrific effort from both. (Bowling - Kuldeep, Bumrah...) Bumrah looked good. We all saw that. wung the ball both ways. Really worked hard for the past 8-15 months. I know how hard it is who goes through that kind of injury. Bumrah is only 27. For him to come back... the way he bowled, he's shown what Bumrah is all about. Good to see him in that rhythm. (Boxes ticked?) Looking at how we batted, there were lot of positives. And then Virat and KL obviously. We know it was a typical Kohli innings, brilliantly paced. Very happy for KL... last minute change. Not easy coming from injury. Five minutes before the toss we had to tell him to play... not easy to come out in those circumstances."

11.05pm But India's victory, of course, was set up by the batters. The base was set up after half-centuries from Rohit and Gill, and then, the centuries from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli was the icing on the cake. Their domination of the Pakistan bowlers (who did miss Haris' services) has, in some way, given some relief to fans of Indian cricket.

11pm This is now India's highest margin of win for India against Pakistan (by runs). To sum up Pakistan's innings, three of the nine batters went past 20 but nobody could get that big score which they needed to chase a total of this size. India would be very pleased that Hardik, Shardul and Kuldeep impressed in their respective spells.

Losing captain Babar Azam: (Where did you lose the game?) Weather not in our hands - but both bowling and batting. (How Rohit and Shubman attacked Pakistan's main bowlers) They had a plan for our bowlers. And then KL and Virat followed up and finished very well. (Pakistan fans, disappointed, maybe in the run chase. Never in the hunt.) Jasprit and Siraj bowled very well in first ten overs swinging both ways. Yes we lost back to back wickets, couldn't build partnerships."

10.55pm GAME OVER. Haris Rauf won't bat, neither will Naseem Shah, so India complete a mammoth 228-run win. We had the toss at 2.30pm local yesterday and finished at 10.55pm today.

Kuldeep: "Better rhythm from last one year. Enjoying it, with the consistency. (Wicket-taking deliveries) Its good to pick five wickets. Whenever I got four wickets, I never thought about picking the fifth one. Because at the moment all I am thinking about is bowling a good length. Whenever you get a five-for, it is really amazing. (Plan) I have plan ready against top sides. You have to be prepared. I've played against them in 2019, I know most of the guys, how they play spin. Just focusing on my variation. I'm just working on my length and focused on bowling wicket to wicket. Whenever I am playing against a good spin side, they try to sweep and reverse sweep, that's when you're in with a chance to take wickets."

Kuldeep to Faheem, OUT

Kuldeep cleans Faheem up. Another wrong'un, skids back in, Faheem plays back and misses it altogether. Kuldeep finishes with a five-for

Faheem Ashraf b Kuldeep Yadav 4 (12b 0x4 0x6 17m) SR: 33.33
Kuldeep to Faheem, no run

wrong'un from Kuldeep, zips back in, inside-edged onto the pad. India have no reviews left

Kuldeep to Faheem, no run

tossed up on off stump, blocked into the leg side

Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run

Afridi backs away once again and flat-bats it in the air. Bursts through the hands of Kuldeep

Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, SIX runs

Afridi backs away and carts Kuldeep over his head for six. He unleashes a clean swing and gives Pakistan fans something to cheer about

Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

looped up and outside off, Afridi reverse-sweeps and does not make any contact

end of over 312 runs
PAK: 121/7CRR: 3.90 RRR: 12.42 • Need 236 from 19 overs
Faheem Ashraf4 (9b)
Shaheen Shah Afridi0 (3b)
Shardul Thakur 4-0-16-1
Kuldeep Yadav 7-0-18-4
Thakur to Faheem, no run

short and ducks back in from round the stumps to cramp Faheem and hit his thigh pad

Thakur to Faheem, no run

on a length and comes back in like a fast offcutter. Faheem wafts and misses

Thakur to Faheem, no run

short and holds its line outside off, Faheem chops off the back foot to backward point

Thakur to Faheem, no run

pitched-up delivery outside off, which is driven through the line to extra-cover

Nick: "Very pleased to see Kuldeep find his rhythm again and bowl beautifully this year. Always bowled with a big heart. He will be a weapon in this year's WC"

Thakur to Faheem, 2 runs

shortish and on the hips, picked away square through the leg side

Thakur to Faheem, no run

good length and on off stump, blocked to extra-cover

Thakur has been brought back into the attack

end of over 304 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 119/7CRR: 3.96 RRR: 11.90 • Need 238 from 20 overs
Shaheen Shah Afridi0 (3b)
Faheem Ashraf2 (3b)
Kuldeep Yadav 7-0-18-4
Ravindra Jadeja 5-0-26-0
Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

back of a length and slides on outside off, Afridi keeps it out off the back foot

KANNI: "@Naga Thats the reason they are taking wickets quickly"

Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

tossed up on middle, Afridi hangs back, opens the face and dinks it to point

Kuldeep to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

looped up on off, quietly defended back


Kuldeep to Iftikhar, OUT

Kuldeep dives to his right and collects this return catch. Fourth wicket for Kuldeep. Back of a length and turning into Iftikhar who can only pop it back to the bowler. Another weak shot, another wicket

Iftikhar Ahmed c & b Kuldeep Yadav 23 (35b 1x4 0x6 43m) SR: 65.71
Kuldeep to Iftikhar, no run

on a length and turns in, worked to midwicket

Kuldeep to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Can Thakur get to this? No, he dives to his right in vain from long-on. Pushed through on off or just a shade outside off, drags a slog-sweep and beats Thakur

end of over 294 runs
PAK: 115/6CRR: 3.96 RRR: 11.52 • Need 242 from 21 overs
Faheem Ashraf2 (3b)
Iftikhar Ahmed19 (32b)
Ravindra Jadeja 5-0-26-0
Kuldeep Yadav 6-0-14-3
Jadeja to Faheem, no run

full and on off stump, defended back to Jadeja

Naga: "It is very tough day for Indian batters and bowlers. They may leave to hotel at night and get ready to match before 3 pm. Very huge challenge for both mind and body. "

Jadeja to Iftikhar, 1 run

squeezed to the right of Kuldeep at deep cover

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
V Kohli
122 runs (94)
9 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
32 runs
4 fours0 six
KL Rahul
111 runs (106)
12 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
23 runs
4 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Kuldeep Yadav
HH Pandya
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossPakistan, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4639
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.10, Second Session 19.10-22.40
Match days10,11 September 2023 - daynight (50-over match)
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PointsIndia 2, Pakistan 0
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