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Kuldeep Yadav registered a five-wicket haul while Virat Kohli and KL Rahul smashed unbeaten centuries as India thrashed Pakistan by 228 runs in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match in Colombo on Monday. The match, which started on Sunday but was moved to the reserve day due to rain, eventually saw India finish on a high with both bat and ball. Inden resumed with the score of 147 for 2 in 24.1 overs on Monday with Kohli and Rahul in the fold, posting a daunting total of 356 for 2 in 50 overs against Pakistan.
Kohli scored 122 not out while Rahul hit an unbeaten 111 to steer India to the big total. Only if India’s dominance in the game lacked anything, Kuldeep bounced back with figures of 5 for 25.
After the big win, India rose to the top spot in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 table. They have two points to their credit, but an excellent Net Run Rate (NRR) of +4,560 has put them at the helm.
On the other hand, Pakistan slipped to number three with an NRR of -1,892.
Sri Lanka are second with an NRR of +0.420, while Bangladesh are at the bottom of the four-team table with an NRR of -0.749.
Here is the updated table:
Talking of the game, Kohli’s superb fitness was evident in his 47th ODI century, while comeback man Rahul produced an equally engaging ton on the comeback as India beat a listless Pakistan by a record margin of 228 runs in the rain-soaked contest .
This is India’s biggest win in terms of runs against the cross-border neighbours.
India posted an impressive 356 for 2 as Kohli (122 not out from 94 balls) and Rahul (111 not out from 106 balls), his sixth ODI hundred, hammered a hapless Pakistan whose chase ended at 128 for 8 as Kuldeep Yadav (25/5) ran through them.
(With PTI inputs)
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