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India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023: Rain threat exists even on Reserve Day of Super-4 clash in Colombo

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Given Colombo’s wet week leading up to the game and the forecast calling for a likelihood of thunderstorms on the game day, there is a substantial risk that rain will interrupt the second Pakistan vs. India match in the 2023 Asia Cup.

The city has successfully hosted ODI cricket at this time of year in the past, though some games have been postponed due to rain, which is unusual for the city in September. Mid-October is often when the northeast monsoon begins, and September frequently falls during this less rainy period.

The Pakistan vs. India match does have a reserve day, making it the first Super Four game to have that luxury. On the actual game day, the umpires will work to produce a result. The playtime can be increased by 90 minutes in the event of a delay or interruption. The teams will try to continue the match from where they left off on Monday if it cannot be finished on Sunday.

The PCB had supported plans to transfer the Colombo Asia Cup matches to Hambantota, a site that is drier at this time of year, but the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) scrapped those plans at the last minute. The ACC essentially asserted that it was too late to change the location of the games because traveling supporters would already have made arrangements to attend them in Colombo.

Rain had forced the cancellation of the first game between these two teams, although that game was in Pallekele. India lost that match after being dismissed for 266 in 48.5 overs. Pakistan’s pursuit was halted due to bad weather.

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