Pakistan’s all-rounder, Shadab Khan, got the initial breakthrough for his team by sending India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, back to the pavilion at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 10. Rohit, who was batting at 56 off 49 balls, was out to a well-flighted delivery from Shadab. Faheem Ashraf made a running catch at long-off to conclude Rohit Sharma’s innings.
This happened after Rohit had hit three sixes and two boundaries against the spinner in the preceding overs. The 36-year-old’s exit occurred during the 17th over of the Indian batting. Shadab delivered a flighted ball targeting the off stump. Rohit attempted to loft it over cover but ended up hitting it more directly. Ashraf swiftly moved to his left at long-off and executed an impressive catch.
Rohit’s dismissal was rather gentle, and it left him thoroughly disappointed, especially considering that he had established himself in the match but couldn’t capitalize on it for a substantial score.
You can watch the dismissal video of Rohit Sharma below:
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Rohit’s departure also ended the 121-run opening collaboration between him and Shubman Gill. Rohit’s innings, in particular, included four sixes and six fours.
Shaheen Afridi removes Shubman Gill following Rohit Sharma’s dismissal
After Rohit Sharma’s departure, Shaheen Afridi secured another crucial wicket for Pakistan by deceiving Shubman Gill with a well-disguised slower delivery. Gill ended up hitting the full-length ball straight to Agha Salman.
However, their partnership set a solid foundation for the middle-order batsmen to post a substantial total, a contrast to their performance against Pakistan in the previous tournament game. Gill contributed 58 runs from 52 balls, featuring 10 boundaries.
At the time of this update, India stood at 140/2, with Virat Kohli and KL Rahul as the batsmen at the crease. In the earlier part of the day, Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, won the toss and chose to field first. The Pakistani team fielded the same lineup as in their previous Super-4 match, where they defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets.
However, Rohit Sharma’s team had to make a forced change as Shreyas Iyer experienced a back issue. KL Rahul took his place in the playing XI. Jasprit Bumrah, who missed the Nepal game due to the birth of his first child, returned to the side, replacing Mohammed Shami.