Weather Forecast Raises Concerns of Rain Delays in Asia Cup Final Between India and Sri Lanka

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Weather Forecast Raises Concerns of Rain Delays in Asia Cup Final Between India and Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka – As cricket fans eagerly await the Asia Cup final showdown between India and Sri Lanka, weather forecasts have raised concerns about potential rain delays during the much-anticipated match. AccuWeather predicts that thunderstorms and rain are likely between 6 pm to 10 pm on Sunday, indicating the possibility of brief interruptions in play.

The Asia Cup final, scheduled to commence at 3 pm, may also experience a delayed start due to expected thunderstorms between 1-2 pm. Colombo has had a brief spell of rain on Thursday but remained dry for the past two days. Despite earlier predictions of heavy showers on Friday and Saturday evening, the city has experienced primarily overcast conditions.

However, AccuWeather’s forecast indicates a 90 percent chance of evening showers during the final, raising concerns among cricket enthusiasts. These showers could lead to brief stoppages in the match, affecting its flow and momentum.

Rainfall in Colombo typically occurs when morning conditions are hot and humidity levels are elevated. On days characterized by overcast skies, similar to the forecast for Sunday, the city has observed only sporadic drizzles.

In anticipation of adverse weather conditions, tournament organizers have implemented a reserve day on Monday, which will be activated in the event of rain preventing the completion of Sunday’s final. This precaution was previously invoked during last Sunday’s match between India and Pakistan when rain disrupted play.

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Rain delays during the match could also impact the condition of the pitch. At Khettarama, the pitches have generally favored bowlers with slower and trickier conditions, posing challenges for batsmen. However, should rain interrupt the game, the moisture that accumulates beneath the covers has historically made the pitch more batting-friendly.

The absence of key players due to injuries, such as Axar Patel, who is recovering from a left quadriceps strain, further adds to the intrigue of how weather conditions may influence the match. Washington Sundar, who recently joined the team from the National Cricket Academy (NCA), could potentially make his way into the playing XI, especially if the pitch conditions favor slower bowling.

Cricket fans around the world will be closely monitoring weather updates and hoping for an uninterrupted and thrilling Asia Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.

Reference:

https://indianexpress.com/section/sports/

https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/asia-cup-final-90-per-cent-chance-of-rain-in-the-evening-8943372/

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/india-vs-sri-lanka-asia-cup-2023-final-colombo-weather-live-update-rain-ind-sl-today-september-17/article67317623.ece

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/india-vs-sri-lanka-colombo-weather-forecast-today-rain-disrupt-asia-cup-2023-final-what-if-summit-clash-gets-washed-out-101694884931206.html

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