Some record-breaking achievements made the fans hearty.
The long innings tested by the weather time and again, finally came to an end with India wiping it off to the biggest win against Pakistan with a high target of 357 runs set by India in R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
King Kohli not only came out as the player of the match by inching closer to Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries but also became the fastest batsman to sweep 13000 ODI runs. A brilliant partnership was put up by openers, captain Rohit Sharma and Young champion Shubhman Gill. Which reached its zenith with an excellent partnership built by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. The partnership was the highest ever in the history of the Asia Cup. Rahul earned all the applause because of his beautiful and vivacious return to rigorous cricket after undergoing surgery, hitting his sixth ODI hundred.
Kuldeep Yadav didn't take much time to turn the tables and brought a quick end to the innings. 5 for 25 in eight overs jostled Pakistan's batters. It induced a lot of pressure on the opposition team. Jasprit Bumrah, who also returned after a period of cricket hiatus due to the months-long recovery time, did not fail to amaze the Indian Team with his fast bowling skills. Pakistan Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman found it challenging to get going against Jasprit Bumrah and another fast-paced bowler Mohammed Siraj. Imam was out in the fifth over. Babar Azam who has earned the title of a masterclass batsman and has high rankings in international cricket, too succumbed to all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya took a little effort to clean bold Babar with an inswinger.
India set a high target against Pakistan of 357 runs which was even higher than the projected scores by various sports agencies during the ongoing match. But, Pakistan ended their chase at 128 for 8 as two of their players did not come out to bat due to injury. In the after-match interview faced by the Pakistan captain Babar Azam, he appreciated Kuldeep Yadav's fast and furious bowling which made it difficult for the team to stand on their toes.
Testing weather conditions and an end of the Super 4
There were unprecedented weather interruptions that took days to bring the match to an end. The most awaited rivalry not only had to face interruptions but also, the humid weather of the coastal country made the players feel exhausted. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli's running between the wickets and matching each other's pace to score 233 runs despite fighting the tough humidity conditions after batting for so long shows the team's arduous efforts.
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