Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that the entire Pakistan team scored just six runs more than Virat Kohli showing the stunning show of India’s convincing win in their Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash as well. However, India set a 357-run target on the back of Kohli and KL Rahul’s unbeaten centuries and Rohit-Gill’s quick fifties in Colombo on Monday, September 11. Then they bowled out Babar Azam’s side for 128 to complete a 228-run win as well.
Reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Give the follow-on because you don’t register a 228-run win in ODI cricket but India did it. They made 356 and stopped Pakistan at 128. Kohli alone made 122 and the entire team made only six more than him. The truth is that they were totally destroyed in the match. I get three words in my mind – destruction, demolition, annihilation. Pakistan felt something like that in yesterday’s game.”
Notably, none of the Pakistan batters could manage to reach the 30-run mark in their run-chase. Kuldeep Yadav, who registered figures of 5/25 in his eight-over spell, was the main destroyer for India. Moreover, Aakash Chopra also added that Pakistan failed to get a breakthrough in the 25.5 overs they bowled on Monday as well which also cost them the game.
“Rain caused a lot of interruptions but the reserve day came in handy. They almost started on the 11th from where they left off on the 10th. 24 overs had been bowled and 147 had been scored. India had lost only two wickets and after that, they didn’t get even a single wicket. It was amazing. Pakistan had problems and they multiplied manyfold by the time the innings ended because Haris Rauf wasn’t available at all. He got a slight side strain when he was bowling on the 10th. The good thing is that it’s not a tear but he didn’t bowl a single ball and Naseem Shah got injured just before the end,” Aakash Chopra concluded.