Hardik Pandya found himself in the midst of a comical incident as he witnessed the umpire falling for a fake rain scare not once but twice during India’s second Asia Cup encounter against Nepal. India had won the toss and chose to bowl. Nepal’s innings appeared to be on the verge of interruption on three separate occasions.

The first incident occurred right after the toss. As India prepared to take the field, a light drizzle began to fall, leading to a brief halt in play. Groundsmen hurriedly rushed onto the field with covers, but before they could reach, the rain mysteriously disappeared. The Indian players, who had not yet left the field, quickly resumed their positions. It was a false alarm that left everyone in splits.

The second incident unfolded when Ravindra Jadeja was about to bowl the 35th over. Once again, a drizzle began, and this time, Nepal’s batters scampered towards the dugout, expecting a longer interruption. However, the Indian players stood their ground, and the break was even shorter than the previous one. Hardik Pandya couldn’t contain his laughter and playfully teased the umpire. The stumps were briefly removed but quickly placed back in position after the rain disappeared once more.

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The third and final interruption came during the 38th over when the rain finally descended heavily, compelling the players to vacate the field. What started as a drizzle had now turned into heavy showers, causing a significant interruption. At this point, Nepal had reached a score of 178/6 and seemed to be the happier of the two teams.

In the initial stages of the match, India had struggled, allowing Nepal to race to 65 runs in the first 10 overs. India’s fielding performance was lackluster as Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, and Ishan Kishan dropped three catches. The ground fielding was equally poor, drawing criticism from commentators.