The much-awaited clash between cricketing giants India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023 is facing an unexpected challenge as rain threatens to dampen the spirits of fans and players alike. As excitement reaches a fever pitch for the India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup 2023, weather predictions have cast a shadow of doubt on whether the match will take place as planned.
Cloudy conditions prevailed on Friday, and the forecast for Saturday offers little hope for clear skies ahead of the eagerly-anticipated showdown. Despite the potential weather hurdles, both teams participated in practice sessions on Friday following the pre-match press conference.
According to Kandy’s weather report, where the match is set to take place, it has an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain on Saturday. This prediction has left fans and cricket enthusiasts anxiously monitoring the skies, hoping for a break in the weather that would allow the match to proceed as scheduled.
The first match of India’s Asia Cup campaign is against their arch-rivals Pakistan, and the prospect of rain adds an element of uncertainty to an already intense rivalry. This encounter marks their first meeting since the T20i World Cup in 2022, heightening the anticipation and stakes for both teams and their fans.
In the tournament’s group stage, Pakistan, India, and Nepal are grouped in Group A, while Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka form Group B. The Asia Cup 2023 adopts a hybrid model with Pakistan hosting four matches across two venues and Sri Lanka hosting the remaining games. The group stage will be followed by the Super Fours stage, commencing on September 6, where the top teams will compete for a spot in the final.
Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
Pakistan Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.