India and Pakistan will resume the rain-spoiled Super 4 clash on reserve day

The most expected and highly anticipated Super 4 match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan was spoiled due to rain on Sunday. The rain showed off its brutal face when India was batting at 147/2 in 24.1 overs. After a long wait, the match referee finally called off the game and confirmed that the teams will resume their battle on the reserve day, September 11. Virat Kohli (8*) and KL Rahul (17*), who looked well-settled to build a steady partnership, will resume batting when India takes on the field today.

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam’s decision to bowl first backfired as Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill counterattacked on a seaming pitch. Both right-handed batters rained boundaries and scored runs quickly at a good strike rate. Rohit (56) and Gill (58) stitched a dazzling 121-run partnership for the opening wicket, with both players scoring half-centuries.

The pair scored 100 runs in only 13.4 overs as Pakistan tried to control the Indian captain and the young hitting prodigy. In the process, Rohit and Gill made history by being the 13th Indian opening duo to set up a 100-run stand against Pakistan. This enabled the Men in Blue to equal Australia’s (13) all-time record for most century stands by a team against the Men in Green. However, both openers departed in quick succession.

Indian captain Rohit achieved the rare accomplishment of hitting 50 half-centuries in ODIs. It’s worth mentioning that Rohit registered his 80th 50+ score in ODIs. Rohit is only the sixth Indian to have 80 or more 50+ scores in 50-over cricket. On the elite list, Rohit joins Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and MS Dhoni.