As the heavens opened up, India found themselves at 147 for two in 24.1 overs, bringing an abrupt halt to the much-anticipated encounter. To accommodate the weather disruption, organisers have activated a reserve day, with play set to resume at 3 pm local time on Monday.
As it happened: India vs Pakistan
This impromptu shift in the schedule has created a tight turnaround for India, as they are now set to face Sri Lanka in their next Super Four encounter on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after their contest against Pakistan.
Before the heavens intervened, Virat Kohli (8 not out) and KL Rahul (17 not out) were on the crease, holding the fort for India after two quick wickets.
The early fireworks were ignited by the Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who notched up impressive half-centuries, scoring 56 and 58 runs respectively.
This is not the first time that rain has dampened the spirits in the Sri Lankan leg of the Asia Cup. Weather-related interruptions have been a consistent theme throughout the tournament, causing frustration for players and fans alike.
The decision by the Asian Cricket Council to implement a reserve day only for Sunday’s game and the final has triggered a wave of controversy. Critics have raised concerns about the adequacy of measures to address weather disruptions during the entire Sri Lanka segment of the Asia Cup.
With hopes pinned on a thrilling conclusion, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the resumption of the India-Pakistan clash on Monday, hoping for clear skies and an uninterrupted contest.
(With inputs from PTI)