The Super 4 of the Asia Cup 2023 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played on September 14, 2023, Thursday, at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The game will start at 3:00 PM(IST), and the toss of the match will be done at 2:30 PM(IST). In the game, the Pakistan team will be led by Babar Azam and the Sri Lanka team will be led by Dasun Shanaka.
The winner of this crucial Super 4 clash will qualify for the final of the event, where they will face India on September 17. Here are the weather conditions and pitch report for the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Weather Forecast:
The weather forecast for the Sri Lanka-Pakistan game is not the brightest, but it is relatively better than what it has been for the last few games in Colombo. As per the reports, The weather will be partly cloudy at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, and the chances of rain during the match are quite low. Still, some drizzle is expected in the match. There will be a full 50-over match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The temperature will be around 26 degrees Celsius, and the humidity is expected to be approx. 85%, whereas the wind speed will be about 17 km/hr.
BBC Weather’s rain predictor varies between 30 to 40 percent during the match hours, with temperatures supposed to range between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius.
Weather.com has fluctuating predictions for rainfall during match hours, with thunderstorms predicted towards the start of the game and the mid-innings interval. The other parts of the match are supposed to be cloudy but dry.
R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report:
The pitch at R. Premadasa Stadium has a balanced wicket, which helps both batters and bowlers. Traditionally, the pitch favors spinners as they have phenomenal records at this venue. The pacers are ineffective in the first innings, but they can get a couple of wickets in the second innings. Seasoned pacers who understand the intricacies of varying their delivery speeds also find success here. The average score at R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium in ODI Cricket is around 226 runs. Chasing on this surface is quite challenging.
Pak vs Sl Batting or Bowling Pitch:
The wickets at the R Premadasa Cricket Stadium are known to be batting-friendly but provide spinners some assistance as the game progresses, with the teams batting first enjoying more success compared to the teams chasing. Teams batting first have won 79 times in the 144 ODI. In the ongoing tournament, we saw the same pattern in three matches, with teams batting first enjoying success. While two were tight contests with spin coming into play, the India vs Pakistan match was a one-sided contest in which Indian bowling dominated.
However, the India vs Sri Lanka match saw spinners come into play as the Men in Blue lost all their 10 wickets to Lankan spinners. Kuldeep Yadav also dominated when India bowled in their two matches at the venue. So, spin is likely to dominate again. The average score batting first at the venue is 226. The captain winning the toss on Thursday (September 14) may also look to follow the pattern of getting runs on the board and use the slowing wicket to their advantage.
Premadasa Stadium ODI Stats:
Matches Played: 144
Batting First Won: 79
Batting Second Won: 55
Highest Score: 375/5(India)
Lowest Score: 86(Netherlands)Average Score: 226
What happens if the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super-4 match gets washed out due to rain?
If the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super-4 match gets washed out due to rain, Sri Lanka will automatically qualify for the Asia Cup 2023 Final, and Pakistan will get knocked out. In case of a washout, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be awarded a point each, but Sri Lanka’s net run rate is much better compared to Pakistan, which gives them an edge over Babar Azam & Co. It must be noted that the India-Pakistan match during the group stage was washed out. Additionally, the Super 4 clash between the arch-rivals was also heavily affected by rain and consequently finished on the reserve day.
Notably, India has never faced Pakistan before in the final match of the Asia Cup tournament. In the last 38 years, India and Sri Lanka have squared off against each other 8 times in the final. Of these eight finals, India emerged as the winners 5 times, while the Lankan Lions won on three occasions. The trophy will be shared if the final of the Asia Cup 2023 is also washed out on September 17. The final also has a reserve day.