In a highly anticipated clash, Team India outshone Pakistan in both batting and bowling departments in a rain-affected match that extended to the reserve day.
The spectacle witnessed two exceptional centuries from India's top-notch performers, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. KL Rahul's unbeaten 111* marked a spectacular comeback, stepping in for an injured Shreyas Iyer at the last minute, and playing his first match in six months. Facing a formidable bowling lineup, including the likes of Afridi and Naseem Shah, Rahul displayed unwavering composure throughout his innings.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli, the maestro himself, played yet another exceptional innings, scoring an impressive 122*. Special commendation must go to the openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who laid a solid foundation with their half-centuries, although more was expected from them in terms of conversion.
At the end of the fifty overs, the Indian batsmen posted a colossal total of 356 runs, equalling their record for the highest run total against Pakistan in ODIs. With the massive target set, it was now the bowlers' turn to defend it. Following the early wickets secured by Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, spin wizard Kuldeep Yadav dismantled Pakistan's middle order, achieving a remarkable 5-wicket haul.
Rain played a spoilsport in this high-voltage India vs. Pakistan encounter, disrupting the match just as Pakistan's bowlers attempted a comeback against the formidable Indian side. Despite multiple pitch inspections and efforts by the ground staff, rain returned, forcing a suspension of play for the day.
In a historic moment, Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's long-standing record by becoming the fifth player to reach the milestone of 13,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs). What's more, Kohli achieved this remarkable feat in just 267 innings, eclipsing his idol Tendulkar, who took 321 innings to accumulate 13,000 runs in the 50-over format.
Adding to the significance of the match, India secured its largest victory margin against Pakistan in terms of runs, underlining their dominance and showcasing their prowess on the cricketing stage.