What India need to do to reach Super Fours of Asia Cup 2023 after Pakistan qualify following washout in Pallekele
It looked like the India vs. Pakistan game at the 2023 Asia Cup would live up to the hype and be a nail-biter, but rain in Pallekele made that impossible. India made an amazing comeback, led by Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan.
On the other hand, Pakistan's pacers, led by Shaheen Afridi, gave their hitters a lot of trouble. India was all out for 266 on a pitch that bounced in different ways, and the pacers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, who had just come back from injury, seemed eager to get going.
Rain was expected to be a factor in the game, and it did happen twice during India's innings. After India's last wicket fell, it came back just as the players were leaving the pitch, and it never left. At some point, it stopped, and the covers were all taken off.
It looked like Pakistan might be on, even if it was a short one, and the Indian bowlers came out to get ready. But just before it was supposed to start again, the rain came back, and after that, there was no more play.
The group tables
Both Pakistan and India are in Group A, along with a small country called Nepal. While this was India's first game of the event, Pakistan had just won their first game in Multan by 238 runs against Nepal.
Both teams got a point from the match that was rained out on Saturday, so Pakistan now has three points and a spot in the Super Four stage. India is in second place with one point, and Nepal is in third place with no points.
In Group B, Sri Lanka has only played Bangladesh once, while Afghanistan has yet to play a game. Afghanistan lost that game by five runs, so Sri Lanka is now on top of the table.
What India need to do to qualify
India's spot in the Super Four hasn't been decided yet, but Nepal would have to beat the six-time winners of the Asia Cup ODI event to stop Rohit Sharma's team from making it to the next round.
Right now, India doesn't have an NRR, while Nepal's is -4.760. But that doesn't matter because India will still qualify even if they lose their next game. The only way they won't move on is if they lose to Nepal in their next match, which will take place on Monday in Pallekele.