India vs Pakistan Asia Cup Clash Threatened by Heavy Rain

Pallekele, Sri Lanka – Cricket fans anticipating the iconic clash between India vs Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 may be in for a disappointment, with a staggering 90% chance of heavy rain predicted for match day. The encounter, scheduled at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, faces the real possibility of being washed out.

Weather Woes: A Cruel Twist for Fans

Heavy rain has lashed Pallekele over the last two days, casting a shadow of doubt over the much-anticipated match. Weather forecasts indicate that conditions could worsen on match day, with the lowest predicted rain percentage standing at 91%. Such grim forecasts make it nearly impossible for the match to proceed without a miraculous change in weather.

Weather Update: Rain and Drizzle Expected on 9/2

It can expect rain and drizzle throughout the day. The high temperature will be around 22°C. Rainfall is likely with a 65% chance of precipitation, totaling 1.8 mm. Winds from the West-Southwest at 7 km/h, gusting up to 22 km/h. High humidity at 98% and overcast skies with 99% cloud cover will limit visibility to 4 km. Dew point stands at 22°C.

Sri Lankan Monsoon Season: A Challenge for Cricket

August and September are not favored months for cricket in Sri Lanka due to the monsoon season, which brings torrential rains. Pallekele, the venue, has hosted only three ODIs during this period out of 33 overall matches, reflecting the challenging weather conditions.

The Shift to Sri Lanka: A Last-Minute Decision

The decision to host the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka during this period was a last-minute alternative. Originally planned to be hosted by Pakistan, the tournament faced relocation due to India’s government clearance issues. Unfortunately, weather predictions in Sri Lanka during this season pose a significant challenge to the matches’ completion.

India vs Pakistan: Match Outcome If Rain Persists

In the event of a washout, both India and Pakistan will share points. Pakistan, having already defeated Nepal in Group A, will automatically advance to the Super 4 stage. India, on the other hand, will need to secure a victory against Nepal to progress.

As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome, all eyes are on the skies, hoping for a change in the weather to witness this historic clash between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023.