The rolled-up covers placed along the boundary lines strike your eyes as fast as the Hunnasgiriya ranges that decorate the backdrop on one side of the Pallekele Stadium. The ground staff are busy fixing giant screens and the scoreboard, besides keeping the covers in place. But more than the ground, they had their eyes firmed on the dark clouds kissing the top of splendid ranges, as late monsoon threatens to wreak havoc on the Asia Cup. The fans too would have a finger on the weather apps, ahead of the feisty Sri Lanka-Bangladesh encounter on Thursday and even more for the Saturday fixture between India and Pakistan. According to Accuweather, there is a 90 percent chance of thunderstorms, putting the match under serious doubts.
Regarded as the mother of all battles in the sport of cricket, the India vs Pakistan game never fails to draw public attention. With so much buildup and anticipation for the game, it indeed becomes a mouthwatering contest for the fans and even for the players.
This time in the Asia Cup 2023, the possibility of multiple India vs Pakistan clashes is very high. There is a chance that the two Asian giants could meet not once, or twice, but thrice in the same tournament.
Meanwhile, the first interaction between India and Pakistan during the Asia Cup 2023 will be on September 2nd at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The biggest match of Asia Cup 2023 is set to take place on Saturday (September 2) between hosts Pakistan and arch-rivals Team India at the Pallekelle International Stadium in Kandy. Asia Cup 2023 is being played in a ‘hybrid model’ with Team India playing all their games in Sri Lanka in spite of Pakistan being the hosts of the tournament.
Asia Cup 2023 will get underway on Wednesday with a clash between hosts Pakistan and Nepal in Multan. However, the fans from both India and Pakistan will be keeping one eye on the weather with rain set to interrupt the second clash of Group A.
The hype around India vs Pakistan match always outshines everything else as fans are always thrilled to see these two neighbours test their skills against each other on the field. The same hype has taken over the fans for the September 2 clash.
However, rain and bad weather can likely play a huge factor, and there are even chances that the match between India and Pakistan might get canceled due to it. As per the weather reports, there is 90 percent chance of heavy showers on September 2.
According to the MET department, there is around 60 per cent chances of rain in the India vs Pakistan clash in Kandy which will get underway at 3pm IST. The humidity is expected to be around 98 per cent. The temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius.
The weather forecast for September 2 predicts haeavy rain at Pallekele in Sri Lanka which can result in spoil the match proceedings of much awaited IND vs PAK clash in Asia Cup 2023
Before India’s game against Pakistan, Bangladesh are set to take on defending champions Sri Lanka at the same venue on Thursday (March 31). However, for that match there is about 44 per cent chance of rain although the humidity will be around 88 per cent with 99 per cent cloud cover around the afternoon.
In fact, India’s last ODI match against Pakistan was back in 2019 – in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester. That match in Manchester was also affected by rain which India won by DLS method by 89 runs.
Batting first, India posted 336 for 5 with opener Rohit Sharma smashing 140 and skipper Virat Kohli chipping in with 77 off 65 balls. Pakistan, in reply were restricted to 212 for 6 in 40 overs before rain ended play. The revised target for Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side was 302 runs in 40 overs.
In the Asia Cup 2018, India played Pakistan twice and won both the games by 8 wickets and 9 wickets respectively en route to winning the title under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.
India Vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Squads
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel
Travelling reserve: Tayyab Tahir
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumraj, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna