Latest weather update: Concerns have been raised about the potential disruption of the highly anticipated cricket match between Pakistan and India due to rain. The match is scheduled to take place today at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka as part of the Asia Cup 2023 tournament.
Earlier reports suggested that rain was expected on Friday night and early Saturday morning, raising fears among fans that the start of the game could be delayed or even entirely washed out. BBC Weather had reported a 70 percent chance of rain, causing disappointment among cricket enthusiasts eagerly awaiting this high-octane encounter.
However, there seems to be a silver lining for the fans. The likelihood of rain has significantly decreased in the city, opening up the possibility of some cricket action. Despite the current conditions indicating that a full game may not be feasible, optimism remains high among fans. This is largely due to the ground staff in Sri Lanka, who are known for their expertise in managing such situations effectively.
The rivalry between Pakistan and India is well-known, with the teams only facing each other in ACC or ICC events. Their last encounter was in the T20 World Cup 2022, where the Rohit Sharma-led Indian team emerged victorious in a thrilling match at the MCG. In the Asia Cup 2022, India won the opening clash, while Pakistan clinched the Super Fours game. However, Pakistan failed to secure the trophy in the final against Sri Lanka.
As the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium gears up to host this significant clash, fans from both countries are holding their breath, hoping that the weather will hold up and allow for an exciting game of cricket.