During India’s Asia Cup match against Pakistan, ground staff utilize electric fans to dry out the field. Rain forced a halt to play during India’s critical Asia Cup match against Pakistan on Sunday, September 10.
India and Pakistan meet in the third match of the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage in Colombo. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got India off to a blazing start after Babar Azam won the toss and chose to bowl. Pakistan, on the other hand, responded by dismissing the openers in quick succession, reducing India to 123/2 in 17.5 overs.
A newly fit KL Rain interrupted play just as Rahul and Virat Kohli were beginning to form a strong partnership
After the rain stopped, the ground crew was seen employing a novel method to dry the outfield. They were seen employing a few electric fans to speed up the drying process of the outfield.
Earlier in the day, Rohit and Shubman launched a deadly Pakistan pace attack. The latter provided a few half-chances, but Pakistan failed to capitalize. Their 121-run stand came to an end when Rohit miscued a single to long-off fielder Faheem Ashraf off Shadab Khan. Shubman was also out in the next over, bowling a fullish delivery straight to Salman Ali Agha at cover.
Rain stopped play with India on 147/2 after 24.1 overs. After much deliberation, the umpires determine that further play would be impossible on this particular day. As a result, the match moved to Monday, September 11. India will begin their innings at 147/2 in what will remain a 50-over affair.
The Men in Green will be able to devise stronger strategies, as they may not have expected KL Rahul to be selected for the Indian XI. Unfortunately, the prognosis for Monday does not look great, with an 80% likelihood of precipitation. After the previous meeting between these two sides finish in a draw in Pallekele, fans will be hoping that the rain Gods will be kinder on the reserve day.