The Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo was reduced to 42 overs per side after another rain delay.
As per revised playing conditions, two bowlers can bowl a maximum of nine overs, three bowlers can bowl eight.
Earlier, rain stopped play at 7:32 IST, with Pakistan 130/5 after 27.4 overs. Play was halted immediately after Mohammad Nawaz was bowled by Maheesh Theekshana for 12.
Abdullah Shafique scored 52, while skipper Babar Azam made 29 before being stumped by Dunith Wellalage.
Following a delayed start due to rain, Pakistan won toss and decided to bat first in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match. The game was reduced to 45 overs per side.
The toss took place at 5:00 PM IST, while the match began at 5:15 PM. Powerplays will be of 9 overs, 27 overs and 9 overs.
Team news: For Pakistan, Imam-ul-Haq has a back spasm, so Fakhar Zaman comes back. Saud Shakeel has fever, so Abdullah Shafique is playing.
For Sri Lanka, Pramodh Madushan comes in for Kasun Rajitha and Kusal Janith for Dimuth Karunaratne.
The rain returned in Colombo ahead of the virtual semi-final clash in Colombo on Thursday, September 14 delaying the toss.
Earlier, users shared pictures of gloomy conditions in the Sri Lankan city ahead of the match. The game is crucial for both sides as the as the winner of the contest will face India in the final on Sunday, September 17.
The Men in Blue confirmed their place in the final by getting the better of Sri Lanka by 41 runs in a low-scoring match in Colombo on Tuesday. Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the Super 4 round before going down to India.
Like the previous Asia Cup 2023 matches, the weather is likely to affect the game on Thursday as well. However, there is some positive news for fans, the conditions were bright and sunny in Colombo on the morning of the match. Some journalists and fans tweeted updates regarding the same.
Pakistan suffered a massive 228-run loss against their arch-rivals, which has massively dented their net run rate. Thus, in the event of a no result in the match on Thursday in Colombo, Sri Lanka will progress to the final on the basis of a superior net run rate.
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have two points from two games. While Sri Lanka have a better net run rate of -0.200, Pakistan’s net run rate is -1.892.
What is the weather forecast for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match in Colombo?
According to AccuWeather, the weather will be cloudy in the morning with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm. The probability of precipitation is 89 percent and cloud cover 99 percent.
It is likely to be cloudy in the afternoon as well, with some showers and a thunderstorm. However, the probability of precipitation reduces to 65%.
While the weather forecast for the evening and night in Colombo has predicted some thunderstorms, the probability of precipitation is pretty low at the moment.