– The Asia Cup 2023 has started with two matches already played.
– India and Pakistan are facing each other in today’s match.
– This match marks the beginning of India’s campaign in the Asia Cup 2023.
– India and Pakistan have previously played 13 matches in the Asia Cup, with India winning 7 and Pakistan winning 5.
– Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya are performing well in the match.
– Ishan Kishan played a powerful half-century, scoring 50 runs off 54 balls with 7 boundaries and 1 six.
– Hardik Pandya also completed his half-century, scoring 50 runs off 62 balls.
– Together, they have a partnership of 112 runs.
– India’s score at the end of 34 overs is 179/4.
– India has lost four wickets against Pakistan, including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
– Pakistan’s bowlers have taken key wickets, including clean bowling Kohli and Sharma.
– Haris Rauf sent Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill back to the pavilion.

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The much-anticipated Asia Cup 2023 witnessed its third match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Unfortunately, the match was cut short due to rain, but not before Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya put up a stellar performance for India.

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IND vs PAK: A Saviour Partnership

Asia Cup 2023: Batting first, India managed to score 266 runs in 48.5 overs of the allocated 50 overs. The wicketkeeper-batsman, Ishan Kishan, and the all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, were the standout performers, forging a partnership of 138 runs in 141 balls for the fifth wicket. This partnership proved crucial as it not only stabilized the innings after the early loss of key wickets but also propelled the team to a competitive score. Kishan scored 82 runs off 81 balls, hitting 9 fours and 2 sixes, while Pandya scored 87 runs off 90 balls, with 7 fours and 1 six. Remarkably, this was India’s highest partnership for the 5th wicket against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

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India-Pakistan Rivalry in Asia Cup

IND vs PAK: India and Pakistan have a long-standing rivalry in cricket, and the Asia Cup has been no different. So far, 13 matches have been played between the two teams under the Asia Cup. Out of these, the Indian team has won 7 matches, and Pakistan has won 5 matches. One match remained inconclusive due to external factors. This record underlines the closely fought nature of the encounters between the two cricketing giants.

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While the rain played a spoilsport in the recent India-Pakistan match at the Asia Cup 2023, the partnership between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya emerged as a silver lining for the Indian team. Their century partnership not only rescued India from a precarious situation but also set a new record for the highest 5th wicket partnership against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. As the tournament progresses, Team India will be looking forward to more such match-saving performances from its players.