Pak-SL Asia Cup semi-final threatened by impending rain

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Pakistan’s Asia Cup campaign faces potential disruption as their crucial match against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday is likely to be affected by rain, as per multiple weather forecasts.

This Super Four match, considered by some as a “virtual semi-final,” will be held at Colombo’s R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, with a scheduled start time of 2:30 pm (PST).

AccuWeather, a weather forecasting service, has predicted unfavorable conditions in Colombo, with a 93% probability of rain and a 56% chance of thunderstorms during the day. The night is expected to have a 98% cloud cover with occasional rain and a 48% chance of precipitation, along with a 28% chance of thunderstorms.

During the match timings, AccuWeather anticipates two separate periods of rain, one at 5 p.m. local time with a 53% probability and another at 8 p.m. local time with a 51% probability.

The Weather Channel also foresees a 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms during the day, along with an 80% chance of rain at night.

BBC’s weather forecast for the Sri Lankan capital predicts “thundery showers and a gentle breeze” for the upcoming day. Like AccuWeather, BBC also expects two spells of rain with a likelihood of downpours exceeding 80%.

If the match is washed out, Pakistan, currently ranked third in the Super Four standings based on net run rate, will be eliminated from the Asian championship. In the event of a draw, points will be shared, and India will face Sri Lanka in the final on Sunday.

Pakistan’s net run rate stands at -1.892, trailing behind Sri Lanka’s slightly better -0.2 run rate. This significant difference in run rate is a result of Pakistan’s 228-run loss to India in a one-day international played over two days.


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