The much-anticipated clash between cricketing giants India and Pakistan at the Asia Cup 2023 is under the shadow of overcast weather conditions in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. The skies have been cloudy for the past three days, raising concerns about the potential impact on the match.
While there has been no significant rainfall, brief spells of drizzle were reported in the morning. Despite the presence of grey clouds, they do not appear to be carrying rain, offering some relief to the teams and fans alike.
The Asia Cup 2023, scheduled between August 30 and September 17, is co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Four matches are set to take place in Pakistan, while nine games, including the final, will be held in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan, having started their Asia Cup campaign with a resounding 238-run victory over Nepal, are looking to maintain their momentum. On the other hand, India will be playing their first match of the tournament against their traditional rivals, Pakistan.
Historically, India holds an advantage over Pakistan in the Asia Cup, with seven wins out of 13 One Day International (ODI) matches. Pakistan has managed five victories, with one match ending inconclusively. However, Pakistan’s recent performance in the Asia Cup against India has been less than stellar, losing four of the last five encounters. Their last victory dates back to 2014 in Mirpur, where Shahid Afridi’s two consecutive sixes against Ravichandran Ashwin clinched the game for Pakistan.
In this edition of the Asia Cup, Pakistan shares Group A with Nepal and India, while Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka make up Group B. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 4 stage of the tournament. As the teams gear up for the mega clash, all eyes remain on the weather in Pallekele.