Asia Cup Final: Who Will India Face If Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Super 4 Match Gets Washed Out?
The stage is prepared for the Asia Cup 2023, which will determine which team will join India in the tournament's final. Rohit Sharma's men advanced to the final after two convincing victory in the Super 4s against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the remaining two contenders, while Bangladesh has already been eliminated.
The Asia Cup teams have had an interesting journey, with weather disrupting their preparatory plans. But what if the Super 4 match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is again rained out?
Is there a reserve day scheduled?
The Asian Cricket Council has scheduled a reserve day for the India-Pakistan Super 4 match, but no equivalent provision has been made for the Sri Lanka-Pakistan encounter. The match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan would need to be decided by a 20-over-per-side duel on Thursday.
What happens if the rain washes out the game?
Rain has already hampered many matches in the Asia Cup 2023, and the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Super 4 match may be affected as well, as rain is anticipated in Colombo on Thursday.
It should be noted that in the event of a complete washout, the Sri Lankan squad will go to the final due to a higher Net Run Rate than Pakistan.
Despite having the same number of points (2) as Pakistan, Sri Lanka is now ranked second in the Super 4 point count. Both sides have won one game and each have lost one game. However, the magnitude of Pakistan's results places them third, with a lower Net Run Rate than their Super 4 opponents.
Sri Lanka has a negative NRR of -0.200, whereas Pakistan has a negative NRR of -1.892. As a result, Pakistan requires the match to be played today because beating the Lankans is the only option for them to qualify for the final.
It should also be mentioned that there has never been an Asia Cup final between India and Pakistan, possibly the game's two most bitter rivals.
India are advanced to the title decider thanks to their perfect performance in the Super 4 stage and will try to add to their Asia Cup title count (in the ODI format) of 7. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has five titles in the 50-over format, while Pakistan has won the competition twice.