The biggest match of Asia Cup 2023 is set to take place on Saturday (September 2) between hosts Pakistan and arch-rivals Team India at the Pallekelle International Stadium in Kandy. Asia Cup 2023 is being played in a ‘hybrid model’ with Team India playing all their games in Sri Lanka in spite of Pakistan being the hosts of the tournament.
Asia Cup 2023 will get underway on Wednesday with a clash between hosts Pakistan and Nepal in Multan. However, the fans from both India and Pakistan will be keeping one eye on the weather with rain set to interrupt the second clash of Group A.
The last outing between the two teams was in the 2022 T20 World Cup, when a stunning knock from Virat Kohli, laced with that six, guided India home from the jaws of defeat.
IND vs PAK, 2nd September weather update
There could be disappointment in store with the weather.com website predicting 90% rain on the game day. AccuWeather also indicates 89% precipitation on Saturday, with a thick cloud cover throughout.
World Weather Online forecasts rain of 102.55 mm on Saturday, making the wettest day in Kandy in the next ten days. The weather forecast till September 8 in the city is generally cloudy with light to moderate rainfall.
Rain is also forecast for Friday night and early Saturday morning, which could cause a delayed start to the big game. At 11 am local time, four hours before the start of play, there are expected to be heavy showers, with 34.6 mm of rainfall forecast. Continuous showers are predicted from 7 am local time till midnight, which could make any play and, subsequently, a result, impossible.
The temperatures during the game will hover between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius.
India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Squads
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel
Travelling reserve: Tayyab Tahir
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
Travelling reserve: Sanju Samson
India’s last ODI match against Pakistan was back in 2019
In fact, India’s last ODI match against Pakistan was back in 2019 – in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester. That match in Manchester was also affected by rain which India won by DLS method by 89 runs.
(With Inputs From Agencies)