Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan vs. India, Today’s Game Weather Report: India and Pakistan’s high-profile, high-stakes match has been at the whim of the weather gods, and as of Saturday morning, the likelihood of a washout appears remote. The weather is expected to get better throughout the day, although there is a 40–60% chance of rain during the coin toss, reports AccuWeather.
Pallekele has been waking up to incredibly dismal weather with heavy clouds hovering nearby for the past two days. Although there hasn’t been any rain since Thursday, Saturday night’s outlook was very gloomy with 90% of rain expected till 6 p.m. But since Friday night, neither Kandy nor Pallekele, which is located a half-hour drive away, have seen any rain.
The dark clouds were being chased away from the area by a strong breeze on Saturday, which continued to be by far the brightest morning since Wednesday. Locals believe that such a sight typically indicates that there will only be brief showers, lasting somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Teams often incorporate the DLS equations at the coin toss in certain situations. Most captains who win the toss choose to bowl first in the event of rain because it allows them to see exactly where they are halfway through the match.It might not be an easy choice, though, because the pitch is on the slower side and appears to make scoring under lights difficult. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to bat first during the first match here despite the dismal overhead conditions, but they faltered midway through their innings and were eventually dismissed for 163.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, stated that the squad has been closely monitoring the weather. “We witnessed some swinging, some spinning, everything. And the batters will constantly face difficulties because of that, you know. Our lineup of batters has experience, which is fortunate. I’ll consider that experience as it applies and act accordingly. Yes, I did say that we wanted to attempt to play the game, but you know, it’s also necessary to read the situational circumstances because, you know, it’s not a T20 format, it’s a 50-over format, so you have to play for a bit longer than T20 cricket.
So, the main point is to let them play their game and be themselves, the captain Rohit Sharma remarked.
Even if this game is rained out, India can still advance because they have a game in hand, and Pakistan has already started out with a victory over Nepal. From the group, two teams advance to the Super 4s, which are held in Colombo.
On Friday night, both the India and Pakistani teams practised, and shortly after the practise was over, the grounds crew covered the entire field. In that case, the likelihood of the game starting shortly after a break caused by rain remains optimistic.
India have a 7-5 head-to-head record against Pakistan in the Asia Cup with only one fixture being washed out.