There is a major threat of rain in Kandy for Saturday’s Asia Cup 2023 encounter between India and Pakistan.
One of the most highly anticipated clashes of the Asia Cup 2023, between India and Pakistan, is under the looming threat of rain at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy on Saturday. Heavy rainfall is predicted for the southern region of Sri Lanka over the upcoming days, prompting the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to consider alternatives. Dambulla has been offered as a potential replacement venue for Kandy due to the inclement weather conditions.
However, India’s next matches, scheduled against Pakistan and Nepal, are set to take place in Kandy on Saturday and Monday. As per the UK-based Met Office, the chance of rain during the India vs Pakistan match in Kandy is currently estimated at around 70 percent. The rain is expected to arrive around 2:30 pm (half an hour before the match’s start time), which could potentially lead to a delayed toss and subsequently affect the match proceedings.
The probability of precipitation is expected to decrease to 60 percent by 5:30 PM on Saturday. Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department has also forecasted rain in several provinces across the country for the upcoming days. Kandy, which is situated in the Central Province, is anticipated to experience rainfall on both Friday and Saturday.
The Meteorological Department stated in its bulletin for Wednesday to Sri Lanka news: “Showers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Northwestern provinces and Galle and Matara districts. Fairly heavy showers above 75mm can be expected at some places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.”
In the history of their rivalry, India and Pakistan have contested in 132 ODIs, with India triumphing in 55 matches and Pakistan emerging victorious in 73 encounters. Among these matches, only 4 have ended in a ‘no-result’ due to various reasons.
Babar Azam’s Pakistan has already secured a victory in their initial match against Nepal in Group 1, defeating them by a massive 238-run margin on Wednesday. If their match against India on Saturday gets affected by rain, Pakistan will secure a spot in the Super 4 stage of the tournament.
Meanwhile, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India will need to defeat Nepal on Monday to ensure their qualification for the Super 4 stage in case the match against Pakistan on Saturday is impacted by rain.