The Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2023 will begin for Team India when they take on Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 10, Sunday. In the continental cricket tournament, both these arch-rivals will go head-to-head for the second time, looking to secure their first win against each other in the process.
Notably, the Asia Cup 2023 Group A match between India and Pakistan was washed out due to incessant rains in the evening hours, but it did produce some scintillating cricket in the first half of the contest. It was the captain of Team India, Rohit Sharma, who had decided to bat first on a rainy day, a decision which came into scrutiny from many fans and experts alike.
His decision wasn’t proven right either after the fast bowlers of Men in Green reduced the Indian cricket team to 66-4 in the early stages, picking up four big wickets in the top order. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohil, and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed in quick succession, halting the progress of the Indian batting innings.
But then, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya stitched together a brilliant partnership of 138 runs, with both batters going past their fifties, to help the India score gain some respectability. Before Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf shared ten wickets amongst themselves, the Indians managed to put 266 on the board.
Talking about the weather for the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash at the R Premadasa Stadium, it is expected to stay cloudy right throughout with a couple of thundery showers, according to the listings on AccuWeather. The probability of precipitation stands at 90% and the probability of thunderstorms stands at 54% on the day, September 10, Sunday.
As the rains could be steady in Colombo, the match officials could be forced to have a delayed start to the India vs. Pakistan encounter. Furthermore, the weather isn’t expected to change much as the night arrives, which is far from ideal for the players and fans, who will be looking forward to the big Asia Cup 2023 encounter on the weekend.