Rain may have played spoilsport on Sunday but fans were surely left mesmerised as Virat Kohli and KL Rahul combined to produce a top-notch effort against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Super 4 encounter in Colombo on Monday. The proceedings, which was scheduled to start at 3:00pm on the reserve day, met with a delay due to poor weather conditions, but what followed next was absolute carnage at the R Premadasa Stadium from arguably India's best batters.
Resuming India's innings from 147/2 after 24.1 overs, Kohli and Rahul made intentions clear right from the word go and kept the scoreboard moving briskly. The duo then went to slam their respective centuries and returned unbeaten having taken India to a massive 356/2 in 50 overs. This is also India's joint-highest ODI total against Pakistan, matching India's total of 356/9, which they had achieved back in 2005 at Vishakhapatnam.
Kohli slammed an unbeaten 122 from 94 deliveries, which included nine fours and three sixes. Rahul, who is playing his first match in 6 months after returning from an injury, finished on an unbeaten 111 from 106 balls. His knock featured 12 boundaries and 2 maximums.
Together the pair added an unbeaten 233-run stand for the third wicket, which is also the highest by any pair in the history of Asia Cup. This is also the highest partnership by any Indian pair against Pakistan. Here are some of the records Kohli and Rahul broke as they were in for a party.
Meanwhile, Colombo continued to remain a happy hunting ground for Kohli as this was his fourth consecutive ODI ton at the venue. With this Kohli took his century tally to 47 in this format and he now stands only two centuries away from matching batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's record.