Rain has played a significant role in the ongoing Asia Cup, affecting nearly every match taking place in Sri Lanka. India and Pakistan have been particularly impacted, with heavy rain in Colombo on Sunday forcing their Super 4 clash to be rescheduled to the following day, Monday.
During their innings, India scored 147-2 in 24.1 overs. They will continue from that point at 3 pm (09:30 GMT) on Monday. This isn’t the first time their match has been affected by rain; the previous match also ended without a result due to similar weather conditions. In that match, only one inning could be played.
Despite efforts like super soppers, sponges, electric fans, and grass trimmings, the pitch might not be saved during the first attempt. However, these measures are in place to safeguard the pitch for Monday’s rescheduled match.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn’t look favorable, and there’s a high chance of more rain disrupting the game between the two teams. According to AccuWeather, there’s an 80 percent chance of rainfall around 5 pm in Colombo. The match, on the other hand, is set to resume at 3:00 pm local time. India will pick up where they left off in their innings.
On Sunday, the rain was expected to affect the match, but to everyone’s surprise, it began under clear and sunny skies, giving hope for a complete 50-over game. However, during the middle of the Indian innings, which started after Pakistan chose to field, a heavy downpour interrupted the match. Unfortunately, the rain persisted, leaving no further possibility to play.
When the rain came, India was 147-2 and the innings had only lasted 24.1 overs. This partnership was led by Sharma and Shubman Gill, both of whom scored half-centuries and contributed to a total of 121 runs for the opening wicket, showing great performance. According to Shoaib Akhtar, the rain rescued the Green Shirts from being “trapped” by India.
If the match takes place today, it would result in India playing for three consecutive days. Their next Super 4 match is against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
However, this break gives both teams extra time to plan and prepare for what should be an exciting match when they return to the field. Cricket fans around the world are eagerly waiting for this much-anticipated clash between the two teams.