India registered their biggest win against Pakistan in ODIs, with a comprehensive 228-run victory in the Asia Cup Super Four match on August 22, 2023.
The match was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. India won the toss and elected to bat first.
The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, gave the team a solid start, putting on 121 runs for the first wicket. Sharma scored 56 off 49 balls, while Gill made 58 off 52 balls.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul then took over and scored centuries, helping India post a mammoth total of 356-5 in their 50 overs. Kohli scored 122 not out off 94 balls, while Rahul scored 111 not out off 106 balls.
During his outstanding knock against Pakistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup, Kohli completed 13,000 ODI runs, becoming the fifth player to reach the landmark in men’s ODIs.
Pakistan had a tough time chasing the target and were bowled out for 128 in 31.5 overs. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India, taking 5 wickets for 24 runs.
This was India’s biggest win against Pakistan in ODIs, surpassing their previous record of 206 runs, which was set in 2004.
The match was a complete performance by India, with both the batting and bowling departments firing on all cylinders. The batting was led by Kohli and Rahul, who both scored centuries, while the bowling was led by Kuldeep Yadav, who took 5 wickets.
Here are some of the key highlights of the match:
- Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave India a flying start with a 121-run partnership.
- Virat Kohli scored 122 not out, his 47th ODI century.
- KL Rahul scored 111 not out, his 6th ODI century.
- Kuldeep Yadav took 5 wickets for 24 runs, his best bowling figures in ODIs.
- Pakistan were bowled out for 128, their lowest total against India in ODIs.
The win was a comprehensive one for India and it showed that they are a force to be reckoned with in the ODI format. They will be hoping to carry this momentum into the World Cup 2023, where they will be one of the favorites to win the title.