Pakistan through to Super Fours after washout

India 266 all out (Hardik 87, Kishan 82, Shaheen 4-35) vs Pakistan – match abandoned

The first ODI between India and Pakistan since the last World Cup four years ago ended in a no-result but not before both the teams teased a great contest in the one innings possible. As a result of the washout, Pakistan’s progress to the Super Fours was confirmed.

The Pakistan fast bowlers lived up to their billing, running through India’s top order in helpful conditions, but Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya rescued India from 66 for 4 with reassuring 80s only for the fast bowlers to come back and keep them down to 266 after they had looked good to go beyond 300 during the 138-run fifth-wicket stand.

Having already lost 53 minutes to two rain breaks during the first innings, any more rain was going to result in loss of overs. As it tends to happen with such scores, the adjusted DLS targets appear to favour the defending side for small stoppages and then the chasing side as the duration of the match gets closer to 20 overs.

After the uneasy wait for the rain to stop, it turned out neither side needed worry because the rain had persisted long enough for both sides to walk away with the noble draw.

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