The Asia Cup ‘Super 4’ clash between India and Pakistan was interrupted by rain on Sunday, forcing the match to be pushed to the reserve day (September 11). The match will resume from the same point where it was stopped, with India at 147/2 in 24.1 overs.
This is the second time in this tournament that the arch-rivals have faced a rain interruption. The previous match between them in the group stage at Pallekele was also abandoned due to bad weather.
India off to a flying start
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first, hoping to exploit the overcast conditions. However, his decision backfired as India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, gave their team a blistering start.
Both Rohit and Gill scored half-centuries and added 121 runs for the first wicket in 16.3 overs. Rohit was the first to depart, caught by Fakhar Zaman off Shadab Khan for 56. Gill followed soon after, caught behind by Mohammad Rizwan off Shaheen Shah Afridi for 58.
Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were at the crease when rain stopped play, with Kohli on 8 and Rahul on 17.
Rain threat looms large over Colombo
The local weather forecast for Monday suggests that rain could play a spoilsport again, as there is a high chance of thunderstorms throughout the day.
The match is scheduled to resume at 3 pm local time, which is also 3 pm IST.
Here is a brief summary of the weather conditions for Monday, September 11:
- Day: Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius; Cloudy with thunderstorms; Wind Gusts: 39 km/hr; Probability of Precipitation: 100%; Rain: 29.1 mm; Cloud Cover: 95%; Hours of rain: 6
- Afternoon: Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius; Cloudy with thunderstorms; Wind Gusts: 39 km/hr; Humidity: 81%; Probability of Precipitation: 97%; Rain: 17.9 mm; Cloud Cover: 99%
- Evening: Temperature: 25 degrees Celsius; Cloudy with occasional rain and a thunderstorm; Wind Gusts: 33 km/hr; Humidity: 90%; Probability of Precipitation: 80%; Rain: 7.4 mm; Cloud Cover: 100%
India and Pakistan could potentially meet for a third time in the final of the tournament on September 17 in Colombo, if they both qualify from the ‘Super 4’ stage.