Rain is likely to affect the highly anticipated showdown between cricketing giants Pakistan and India, in the Group stage match of Asia Cup 2023 on Saturday, 2nd September at Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The historic rivalry, marred by political tensions, usually plays out in ACC or ICC competitions, and this September 2nd face-off in Kandy is set to be the centerpiece of cricketing attention. However, a relentless downpour threatens to dampen the spirits of fans eagerly awaiting this clash of titans.
Rain has become an unwelcome guest in Kandy, with forecasts predicting a week-long deluge leading up to the match. As the clock inches closer to the 3 PM local time start, there’s a growing apprehension that the game may fall prey to the elements, with a formidable 70% chance of rain disrupting proceedings.
Saturday, the chosen day for the monumental match, offers no respite from the relentless downpour. The weather forecast paints a dismal picture, with a staggering 102.55mm of rain expected, as reported by World Weather Online. With rain predicted for both Friday and Saturday morning, there’s a real possibility of delays, and even the unfortunate prospect of the match ending in a tie due to constant showers expected from 7 a.m. local time until midnight.
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Adding to the weather woes are gusty winds, which could play a role in shaping the playing conditions and overall ambiance of the game. Despite the challenges, the temperature is expected to hover between a comfortable 20 to 24 degrees Celsius.
The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is the chosen battleground for this epic encounter, scheduled for September 2nd (Saturday). And even if the rain gods threaten to intervene and halt the game in progress, there’s a glimmer of hope for cricket enthusiasts. If both Pakistan and India navigate the group stages successfully, they could potentially lock horns again in the Super Four stage, ensuring that this eagerly anticipated clash remains on the horizon, come rain or shine.