Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will be up against each other for the second time in the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 on Sunday in the Super Four stage.
The two sides outclassed newcomers Nepal convincingly in their respective Group affair to advance to the Super Fours of the continental tournament. However, the fans are likely to witness another heartbreak as most likely, the rain is set to play spoilsport when the arch-rivals meet in the Super Four clash in Colombo.
Earlier, the Group game between the two sides was also washed out on September 2.
As both of India’s group-stage games were affected by rain, the scenario will be no different when they face Pakistan on Sunday in Colombo. Cutrently, the forecast looks unfavourable for a full game at the R Premadasa Stadium later this week as there is prediction of around 70 percent chance of precipitation in the morning.
The temperature is likely to dip a little as the day progresses however, rain threat persists, especially at the start of play. The temperature is then expectef to dip further by several degrees in the evening with no forecasts of a clear sky.
Going by the forecast, rain is expected to get heavier as the night approaches.
Meanwhile, not just the game between the arch-rivals but India’s next two Super Four affairs – against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – are also expected to be affected by heavy rains.
The Rohit Sharma-led Team India will face Sri Lanka on September 12 in Colombo and going by the forecast, 40 percent chance of rain is expected with a dense cloud cover.
Moreover, Sri Lanka’s capital citu Colombo will receive heavy showers on the eve of the IND vs SL clash, on September 11, which could further affect the ground conditions.
However, India’s last Super Four game against Bangladesh on September 15 could witness better playing conditions as the forecast of precipitation and cloud cover are less as compared to the previous days.
Asia Cup 2023: Super Four Schedule
Sep 06: PAK vs BAN, Lahore
Sep 09: SL vs BAN, Colombo
Sep 10: PAK vs IND, Colombo
Sep 12: IND vs SL, Colombo
Sep 14: PAK vs SL, Colombo