There was intense debate late on Saturday, on social media, YouTube channels and news channels, as to who is the favorite between the two teams, India or Pakistan, with rain continuing to pour into the second half of the high-octane match. Asia Cup Engagement in Pallekele, that means PakistanShe didn’t even start chasing them on 267. Combined runs sent Pakistan through to the group stage, while India had a chance to join them with their victory over Nepal on Monday.
For that to happen, they have to hope the weather gods are kinder to them. But the forecast points to more wet weather on Monday. There is a 60% chance of rain in the morning with precipitation dropping to 22% at the time of hurling. While that may sound encouraging, the chances of rain returning rise to 66% in the evening. India are desperate for a full match to test the form and fitness of those who have been returning from injury layoffs.
India could still qualify for the Super Four if they win again by two points, but they will want playing time in all divisions.
Their higher ranking can do some running as well. Rohit Sharma, Shopman GillAnd Virat Kohli He succumbed to Shaheen Shah Afridi’s pace Harith Rauf And while no Nepalese bowler can bowl at this pace, having runs under their belt will be a welcome boost to their confidence ahead of the tougher Tests.
India has managed to pick up double digits in terms of middle-order slots as Ishan Kishan And Hardik Pandya showed great sense and style to play the escape artists and save India from a perilous 66 for 4. And with the World Cup squad completed the next day, that’s good news.
Resilience, captain Rohit’s buzzword recently, was seen a lot by Kishan in his debut at No. 5. Hardik also showed all the characteristics of a crisis man and tweaked the model of his idol MS Dhoni to try and take the game as deep as possible before going on the offensive.
Critical game to Shreyas Iyer Also as he was reliably at fourth and even dismissed with a powerful shot from Raouf on Saturday, Ayer looked in his turn even against quality pace, something he hadn’t found very comfortable negotiating in his previous outings.
India will also be interested in the ODI format Ravindra Jadeja. The all-rounder had a good opportunity on Saturday to make a big contribution with the bat but fell in a loose flight off Afridi denying India a chance to finish strongly. Since 2022, bowling has also become less threatening and more restrictive. His batting average is an acceptable 32.60, but his batting average of 60.14 is very low for someone who bats in seventh place and is expected to finish in style.
Nepal, who lost by 238 runs in Multan to Pakistan, will be looking to give India some tension and what they may lack in pedigree they are willing to make up for with passion.
Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichan hopes to feed off Rohit and Kohli’s perceived weakness against the ball bouncing away.
Nepal is also hoping to stage a short-lived rain competition, where the 20-plus penalty shoot-out could become a lottery. All matches in Sri Lanka may now be a lottery, thanks to the tournament being played during the monsoons.