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Asia Cup 2023: Can Pakistan qualify for final?

KARACHIThe Asia Cup 2023 has entered its exciting final stages, and the question on everyone’s mind is whether Pakistan can secure a spot in the grand finale. As things stand, India has already stamped their ticket to the final, leaving Pakistan and Sri Lanka in a nail-biting race.

India has proven their dominance by clinching victory in both of their Super Four matches, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With an impressive track record, the Indian cricket team is the first to secure a place in the coveted final.

On the flip side, Sri Lanka and Pakistan each boast one win and one loss in the Super Four stage. Both teams managed to triumph over Bangladesh, but Sri Lanka holds a slight advantage in terms of net run rate (NRR) compared to Pakistan.

Pakistan’s NRR suffered a setback after their 228-run loss to India, leaving them with a NRR of -1.892.

Unfortunately for Bangladesh, they have been officially eliminated from contention, suffering two defeats in as many games.

Current Standings:

  • India: Played 2, Won 2, Lost 0, Points 4, NRR 2.69
  • Sri Lanka: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Points 2, NRR -0.2
  • Pakistan: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Points 2, NRR -1.892
  • Bangladesh: Played 2, Won 0, Lost 2, Points 0, NRR -0.749

Qualification Scenario:

India has already booked their place in the final with four points in the Super Four stage. In contrast, Pakistan and Sri Lanka both possess two points, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown.

The Green Shirts and the Lankan Tigers are slated to clash in a do-or-die match on September 14. The victor of this crucial encounter will secure their spot in the Asia Cup final.

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What Happens If Rain Interferes:

India’s final berth is secure regardless of weather conditions, as they have already clinched the top spot. Bangladesh, having been eliminated, will not be impacted by any rain disruptions.

For Sri Lanka and Pakistan, a rain-marred match would result in both teams earning one point each. However, Sri Lanka would prevail due to their superior NRR.

Remaining Asia Cup 2023 Matches Schedule:

  • September 14: Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
  • September 15: Bangladesh vs. India in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
  • September 17: Final in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Cricket enthusiasts around the region are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the upcoming clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as the two teams battle for the chance to face India in the Asia Cup 2023 final. With everything on the line, it promises to be an unforgettable showdown in Colombo.

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