On Saturday, thousands of spectators were left frustrated after the rain abandoned the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup ’23 encounter. The rain interruption occurred twice during India’s inning and after its third interruption, the match was called off.
Fans were excited to see the nail bitting action of second innings as Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah set the stage by trembling India’s top order before Ishan Kishan & Hardik Pandya scored a 138-run partnership. Now, team India may face a similar situation in their match against Nepal.
Sri Lanka avoids scheduling matches in September because of the monsoon around this time in Pallekele and Colombo. These areas received heavy rainfall and it’s most likely to rain heavily on Monday in Kandy. There is a 89 per cent probability of precipitation, with an additional 26 per cent chance of thunderstorms in Kandy. The Indian team was unable to practice for the match against Nepal.
There are high chances of a delayed start and overs likely to be trimmed. In case India vs Nepal gets washed out, then Nepal will be knocked out and India will proceed to Super 04 with two points from consecutive washed out matches. This will create a mental impact as they will go untested into the second round of Asia Cup 2023 and impact their preparations for the ODI World Cup next year.