Star bowler Jasprit Bumrah rejoins the Indian cricket team for a crucial Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan, following a brief hiatus for the birth of his first child.
Indian cricket fans can breathe a sigh of relief as star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has rejoined the Indian team ahead of their highly-anticipated Super 4 clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Bumrah had taken a brief hiatus from the tournament to be with his family for the birth of his first child. He arrived in Colombo early on Friday, just in time to bolster India’s squad for the crucial encounter.
Bumrah’s return comes at a critical juncture in the tournament, as India prepares to face Pakistan in their first Super 4 match on Sunday. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has made a significant decision due to the unpredictable weather conditions in Colombo by announcing a reserve day for this vital fixture. In the event of inclement weather disrupting the game on the scheduled day, it will be continued on Monday from where it left off. It’s worth noting that reserve days have not been allocated for the other Super 4 matches due to back-to-back games, but the final will have a reserve day in case of rain.
The star bowler had temporarily left Sri Lanka immediately after India’s initial game against Pakistan on September 2, which resulted in a washout. Consequently, Bumrah missed India’s second league match against Nepal on September 4. However, his return coincides perfectly with the team’s first Super 4 contest.
To prepare for the crucial encounter, Bumrah will join the Indian team for a practice session at the R Premadasa Stadium on Friday evening. Considering the persistent inclement weather in Colombo, the Indian team may have to practice indoors, as they did on Thursday unless the weather improves later in the evening, which has been the recent trend. Fortunately, there has been no rain in Colombo since Friday morning, raising hopes for a productive evening practice session.
The weather outlook for the upcoming week remains uncertain, with Colombo expected to receive heavy rainfall, including a 90 percent chance of rain on Sunday. This explains the ACC’s decision to arrange a reserve day for such a crucial match. Fans will recall that the India-Pakistan league game had to be abandoned due to rain.
On Saturday, during Sri Lanka’s second Super 4 game against Bangladesh, there is an 85 percent chance of precipitation. The weather is set to play a significant role as the championship enters its critical phase.
Following the game against Pakistan on Sunday, India is scheduled to face Sri Lanka on September 12 and Bangladesh three days later, on September 15. The sole remaining Super 4 match will be between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on September 14, leading up to the final showdown on September 17. All these matches will take place at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Schedule of the Colombo Leg:
- September 9: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
- September 10: Pakistan vs India
- September 11: Reserve Day
- September 12: India vs Sri Lanka
- September 14: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
- September 15: India vs Bangladesh
- September 17: Final
- September 18: Reserve Day
Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the resumption of the Asia Cup, hoping for thrilling contests while keeping a close eye on the unpredictable Colombo weather.