Rain briefly halts play in Pallekele after the Men in Blue elect to bat in the Asia Cup 2023.

When play was halted due to rain, India were 15/0 in 4.2 overs, with all ten wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on 11, while Shubman Gill had yet to score after eight deliveries.

Ahead of the match, weather forecast on The Weather Channel had predicted 18 per cent of rain during the day, while there is 59 per cent chance of rain in the evening.

The Asia Cup 2023 group stage match between India and Pakistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium was called off after less than 30 minutes due to heavy rain.

Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan :

When play was halted due to rain, India were 15/0 in 4.2 overs, with all ten wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma was unbeaten on 11, while Shubman Gill had yet to score after eight deliveries. India had previously won the toss and elected to bat.

The match resumed after a little more than half an hour, having lost 33 minutes but no overs. When the game resumed, Pakistan got off to a flying start, with Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissing Rohit Sharma for 15.

India were 22/1 after 5.3 overs when this report was updated, with Vira Kohli joining Shubman Gill at number three.

Shreyas Iyer has returned to the Indian team following a lengthy absence due to a back injury. Jasprit Bumrah has also returned to the India ODI squad following a back injury.

The Weather Channel predicted 18% chance of rain during the day and 59% chance of rain in the evening ahead of the game.

Pakistan is coming off a 238-run victory over Nepal in their first group match in Multan. India will face Nepal in Pallekele on Monday (4 September) in their first group match of the Asia Cup.