India vs Pakistan rain updates live: Match called off as weather has the final say in Pallekele

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Rain covers are pulled over the pitch as rain stops the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan in Pallekele. (Pic: AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)

The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 match in Pallekele has been called off due to rain. India batted first after winning the toss and posted 266 in 48.5 overs. Pakistan did not get a chance to bat due to persistent rain. Both teams get one point each due to the no result. India will next face Nepal at the same venue on September 4.

There was an inspection at 9:00 PM IST and players had begun warming up, but it started drizzling again, after which the covers were put on again and the writing was on the wall.

Earlier, there were two weather interruptions during India's innings. The first came after 4.2 overs when India were 15/0. When play resumed, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi for 11 and 4 respectively. Comeback man Shreyas Iyer also fell to Haris Rauf for 14.

Rain stopped play for the second time with the Men in Blue were in trouble at 51/3 after 11.2 overs. Shubman Gill was batting on 6 off 24 and Ishan Kishan on 2 off 6 when play was halted. Gill was eventually dismissed for 10 off 32 balls.

There was no interruption after the second break as India ended up posting 266 in 48.5 overs. Kishan (82 off 81) and Hardik Pandya (87 off 90) played terrific knocks, while Shaheen Afridi claimed 4/35 for Pakistan.

Earlier, the toss took place as scheduled at 2:30 PM IST as the weather surprising cleared up. In the end, though, rain had the final say.

What the weather report for India vs Pakistan Asia Cup match in Pallekele says

According to AccWeather, there are chances of rain and showers during the duration of the match.

The afternoon forecast says, it will be cloudy and humid with a couple of showers. The cloud cover will be around 98 percent.

Rain and drizzle is predicted for the evening as well, with humidity at 100 percent and cloud cover at 99 percent.

As with every India vs Pakistan game, there is plenty of excitement over this match as well. After all, India vs Pakistan is considered one of the biggest rivalries in cricket.

When the teams met last time at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 2022 T20 World Cup, it resulted in a brilliant encounter, as the Men in Blue beat Pakistan off the last ball. Virat Kohli (82* off 53) was the hero for India, playing a blinder.

Cricket fans are expecting another great contest, but they also want the rain to stay away. On the eve of the game, most weather apps predicted that there are more than 90 percent chances of rain during the India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 game.

Cricket fans share updates on Pallekele weather

Many cricket fans have been sharing updates on the weather in Pallekele. According to some, there hasn’t been any rain since morning although the conditions are still overcast.

Others claimed that there has been light drizzle but not enough to threaten the match. Many are hopeful of the game going ahead due to improvement in weather on the morning of the match. Fingers crossed.

India vs Pakistan: Asia Cup 2023 record in ODIs

As you wait with bated breath for the match to start, here's a look at India's record against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in ODIs.

India have Pakistan have met in the Asia Cup 13 times, with the Men in Blue winning seven games and Pakistan five. One game did not produce a result.

The last game between the two teams was in 2018 when India hammered Pakistan by nine wickets.

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