Cricket fans excitedly anticipate the high-stakes match between Pak vs India, but there is a worry that the game could be ruined by rain, which would draw attention to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
This encounter marks the second time these two cricketing giants face off in the ongoing six-team continental tournament. In their previous match last week, their contest was marred by rain.
According to the weather advisory issued by the Sri Lankan Meteorological Department, intermittent showers or thundershowers are expected in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, and North-western provinces, as well as in Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts. Some areas in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces, as well as Puttalam, Galle, and Matara districts, may experience fairly heavy showers, exceeding 75mm.
The Met department forecasts several spells of showers in Colombo for today.
Today’s latest weather report indicates a 49% chance of rain at 1:30 pm PST, increasing to 66% at 2:30 pm, which is the scheduled start time for the India vs. Pakistan Super Four game. Rainfall probabilities during Sunday’s match will fluctuate between 49% and 69%. It’s highly likely that today’s match between India and Pakistan will be affected by rain, akin to their previous group stage encounter.
In the event the game cannot be completed today, it will resume from where it left off on September 11 (tomorrow), designated as the Reserve Day for this high-stakes encounter. However, the Reserve Day may also face rain interruptions. According to The Weather Channel, Colombo is expected to witness daily thunderstorms until September 17.
Pakistan initiated their Super Four campaign with a seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday. If the remaining Super Four matches suffer washouts, Pakistan will secure a spot in the final with four points.
In the event of washouts, Sri Lanka and India will be tied at three points each, along with identical Net Run Rates. Consequently, a coin toss will determine which team advances to the final.
Bangladesh, having already lost one Super Four game, will have just two points in case of washouts, eliminating them from contention for the final.
Should rain also wash out the final of the Asia Cup 2023 on September 17, the trophy will be shared.