The Pakistan middle-order batsman Agha Salman suffered an injury on his face at R. Premadasa Stadium on September 11.
Agha Salman suffered a nasty injury during IND-PAK clash
India is scheduled to play against Pakistan in the third match of the Super Four in the Asia Cup where India won the match with 228 runs difference. During the match, Agha Salman got hit on his right cheek just below his eyes as he was wearing only a cap.
The incident took place in the last ball of the 21st over by Ravindra Jadeja. It was bowled with a full-length delivery where Salman tried for a paddle sweep shot which got edged on the top of his bat and hit Salman leaving a cut in his face.
While he started bleeding, Indian wicketkeeper KL Rahul was quick to check him before the Pakistani medical team rushed to the ground. It was wide open cut, requiring a patch. After the first aid he continued the match but was sent out by Kuldeep Yadav in the 24th over.
The match was originally scheduled to be played on September 10. Winning the toss, Pakistan chose to bowl. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill opened for India while Shaheen Afridi opened the bowling attack. Rohit Sharma had a good start as he scored 56 runs on 49 balls and was sent out with Shadab Khan.
The other opener Shubman Gill scored 58 runs on 52 deliveries and was sent out by Shaheen Afridi. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul scored 8 and 17 runs respectively and the match was interrupted by rain and stopped with India scoring 147 runs losing 2 wickets on the first ball of the 25th over.
Then the match was interrupted due to rain and rescheduled to reserve day. Resuming the match, Kohli and KL Rahul had an impressive innings and had a partnership score of 233* runs which is said to be the highest partnership score in Asia Cup ODI games.
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 122 runs on 94 deliveries including 9 boundaries and 3 sixes, while KL Rahul had an unbeaten 111 runs on 106 deliveries and was sent out with 12 boundaries and two sixes. By the end of 50 overs, India had scored 356 runs losing 2 wickets.
With the huge target of 357 runs, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq opened for Pakistan while Jasprit Bumrah opened the bowling attack. Imam-ul-Haq was sent out with 9 runs by Bumrah and Babar Azam’s dismissed with 10 runs by Hardik Pandya. With Fakhar Zaman’s dismissal with 27 runs by Kuldeep Yadav Pakistan is down to 47-3 on the 12th over of their innings.
Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed by KL Rahul with 2 runs, while Agha Salman and Iftikhar Ahmed scored 23 runs each and were sent out by Kuldeep Yadav. With Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf injured during the match, the other batters were dismissed at regular intervals.
Kuldeep Yadav had scalped 5 wickets while Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Thakur dismissed one wicket each. By the end of the 32nd over, Pakistan scored 128 runs after losing all wickets.
India will be facing Sri Lanka in the fourth match of the Super Fours on September 12 at R. Premadasa Stadium.