Melbourne November 12 2022: Australia's Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting 100% chance of rain with 10-20mm expected including "the chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe with heavy falls on Sunday," which might impact T20 World Cup Final clash between Pakistan and England.
But nothing is ever guaranteed in Melbourne when it comes to the weather. England risked failing to reach the knockouts, after focusing on Melbourne's unpredictable weather too much earlier in the tournament in the shock loss to Ireland at the MCG.
"Obviously, the Ireland match is a big disappointment for us as a team throughout this tournament, but certainly feels a long time ago now," England captain Jos Buttler said on Saturday. "Being able to sit in this position on the eve of the World Cup final, I think we will have learned quite a few lessons throughout that game and actually, the lead-up into the game.
"The weather around Melbourne was dominating the whole tournament at that stage and was definitely a distraction at times."
"We know the areas we were short," Buttler said. "That definitely hurt us. And I think we've seen a reaction to that game in the rest of the cricket we've played so far."
Pakistan were not distracted by the weather against India, having outplayed their opponents for much of the night before losing the game in the final eight deliveries.
Again, ahead of the final, they are unperturbed by the forecast.
"We discuss the weather situation of course, but we don't focus on it," Pakistan captain Babar Azam said. "We're focused on getting a full game in. It's a World Cup final, so getting a part-game in or not getting one at all would be disappointing. We're aiming to execute regardless of how long it is, but I'm really looking forward to getting a full game in."
England too will take comfort from the knowledge that they have played a rain-shortened game in this tournament. They also played another in the lead-up to the event, against Australia in Canberra, giving them added recent experience of both setting and chasing in rain-shortened matches should the game be reduced to a 10-over affair, the minimum length needed for a result in the final.
But as Crowded House front man Neil Finn wrote, "finding out wherever there is comfort there is pain, only one step away, like four seasons in one day."