Bright and sunny in Colombo ahead of India vs Pakistan Super Four match

Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam shake hands to signal an end to the frustrating wait Associated Press

It was bright and sunny on Sunday morning in Colombo, the venue for the India vs Pakistan Super Four game in the 2023 Asia Cup.*

Till Saturday, there was a significant risk of rain interrupting the game, with Colombo having experienced a wet week in the approach to the match, and with the forecast suggesting there is a chance of thunderstorms on the match day. There is still a forecast for rain in the evening, but the showers that were expected around the same time yesterday never made an appearance, and the Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh game went on uninterrupted.

There is a reserve day for the India vs Pakistan match as well - the only Super Four game to have that luxury. However, the umpires will try to achieve a result on the match day itself. In case there is a delay or an interruption, the hours of play can be extended by 90 minutes. If the match cannot be completed on Sunday, the teams will attempt to finish it on Monday, continuing from where they left off.

Colombo does not usually see this amount of rain in September, and has hosted ODI cricket successfully at this time of year in the past, though some matches have been rain-reduced. The northeast monsoon generally starts in mid-October, and September often falls within the less wet inter-monsoon season.

The PCB had been on board with plans to move the Colombo Asia Cup matches to Hambantota - a drier venue at this time of year - but those plans were abandoned at the last minute by the Asian Cricket Council. The ACC essentially claimed that it was too late to move the matches, as travelling fans would have already made plans to watch the games in Colombo.

The first match between these two teams had been rained out, but that was in Pallekele. On that occasion, India were dismissed for 266 in 48.5 overs. Pakistan could not begin their chase because of the weather.

0620 GMT Sep 10, 2023 The story was updated with the latest information.