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India Dominates Pakistan with a 228-Run Victory in Asia Cup Clash

In a one-sided encounter during the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup in Colombo, India achieved a resounding 228-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul played pivotal roles, both scoring unbeaten centuries.

India’s batting display was formidable as Kohli amassed 122 runs, while Rahul contributed an impressive 111 not out. Together, they powered India to a commanding total of 356-2. This victory marked India’s most significant margin of victory over Pakistan in one-day internationals.

Reflecting on their partnership, Kohli stated, “KL and myself are both conventional players. It’s 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.”

The match had resumed with India at 147-2 after rain had disrupted play on the previous day, necessitating an additional reserve day. This unusual scheduling decision was prompted by a group game washout between the two teams earlier in the tournament.

On the initial day, half-centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma and opener Shubman Gill provided India with a strong foundation. Kohli and Rahul, while initially cautious, later unleashed their aggressive strokes, accumulating 100 runs in 102 balls.

Rahul’s remarkable innings included 12 boundaries and two sixes from 106 deliveries, while Kohli’s commanding performance featured three sixes and nine fours from 94 balls.

In response, Pakistan faced early setbacks, losing their captain Babar Azam for just 10 runs, bowled by Hardik Pandya. Kuldeep Yadav, with his five-wicket haul, dismantled Pakistan’s middle order, restricting them to a total of 128-8 in 32 overs. To compound their woes, both Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah were unable to bat due to injuries.

India’s comprehensive victory showcased their dominance over Pakistan in this highly anticipated cricketing clash.