Another clash between India and Pakistan in the 2023 Asia Cup will witness a stop-start campaign with the threat of rain looming large in the Super 4 match. When the two teams faced each other for the first time in the tournament, the match had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled in the second innings. But even if play cannot be played on Sunday, the match will not be abandoned as the Asian Cricket Council has set a reserve day for the match.
As for the weather updates for the day, rain has been forecast since morning. However, as the day progresses, the chance of rain increases. According to Accuweather, the chance of rain in Colombo remains below 50% between 10am and 2pm.
From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the chance of rain varies between 49% and 66%. After 7 p.m., the chance of rain increases slightly to 69%, but does not go beyond that point, the weather website said.
If the rain gods show mercy, play in the match is likely possible. But the likelihood of a full 100-over match at this point looks bleak.
What happens if rain washes out the game on Sunday?
The Asian Cricket Council announced on Friday that the much-awaited Indo-Pak clash could resume on Monday if rain plays spoilsport on Sunday.
In an advisory, the ACC had stated on Friday that a reserve day had been included for the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match between Pakistan and India.
“If bad weather suspends play during the match between Pakistan and India, the match will continue on September 11, 2023 from the point at which it was suspended,” the statement added. “If bad weather suspends play during the match between Pakistan and India, the match will continue on September 11, 2023 from the point at which it was suspended.
“In such a case, ticket holders are advised to retain their match tickets, which will remain valid and be used for the reserve day,” the advisory said.
However, the other games will not have a spare day, although rain is predicted in the Sri Lankan capital via the Super 4s.
The ‘Rain God’ had his say when the two teams initially clashed in the Asia Cup, resulting in a failure in their opening match in Pallekele on September 2.
Rain made another appearance during India’s first international match against Nepal at the same venue.
This time, however, the rain was less persistent, allowing a 23-overs chase, which India successfully navigated to secure a Super Four berth.
With PTI inputs
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