The highly anticipated Asia Cup final showdown between India and Sri Lanka may experience a significant 90% likelihood of rain in the evening, according to weather forecasts, with cloudy conditions expected throughout the day. The scheduled start of the title clash at 3 pm could be delayed due to thunderstorms forecasted between 1-2 pm.
Following a brief rain shower on Thursday, Colombo has enjoyed rain-free weather for the past two days. Despite earlier predictions of heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday evenings, the city has remained overcast. AccuWeather predicts thunderstorms and rain between 6 pm and 10 pm, which could result in temporary interruptions to the match.
Historically, Colombo experiences rain primarily when the morning conditions are hot and humidity levels are high. However, on days with overcast skies, like the forecast for Sunday, rain showers have typically been brief drizzles.
In the event of rain on Sunday preventing the completion of the match, a reserve day on Monday will be activated. Last Sunday, India’s match against Pakistan was affected by rain, necessitating the use of the reserve day.
Any interruptions during the match may also influence the pitch conditions. At Khettarama, the pitches have tended to be slower, posing challenges for batsmen. However, rain breaks can introduce moisture under the covers, potentially making the conditions more favorable for batting.
India will be without the services of Axar Patel, who is sidelined with a left quadriceps strain. Washington Sundar, who recently joined the team from the NCA, may find a place in the XI if the pitch conditions favor slower bowling.