Asia Cup 2023 Final: Here are the possible qualification scenarios for Pakistan, Sri Lanka

The final will be played on September 17 in Colombo

September 12, 2023
Pakistan (L) and Sri Lanka (R) will have all to play for in their last Super Four match on Thursday — AFP

All four teams competing in the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 have played two games and two teams are still in the race for the final of the Asian event.

India have defeated Pakistan and Sri Lanka and is the only team to have won both of their Super Four games. With two out of two victories, the Blues have qualified for the event's final.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka — along with Pakistan — have won one match and lost the other in the Super Four stage. Sri Lanka and Pakistan recorded their wins against Bangladesh but the former have a slightly better net run rate (NRR) than the latter.

After Pakistan's 228-run defeat against India, their NRR fell to -1.892.

Bangladesh is officially out of the race for the final with two defeats in the two games.

Asia Cup Super 4 Points Table

Asia Cup Super Four points table after India qualify for final — Geo Super

Qualification Scenario

With four points in the Super Four stage, India have confirmed their place in the final while Sri Lanka and Pakistan both have two points each.

The Green Shirts and the Lankan Tigers will take on each other in a must-win match on September 14 as whoever wins, will qualify for the final.

What happens if rain washes out remaining matches?

India have already qualified for the final so rain will have no effect on their position. Meanwhile, Bangladesh are already out of the race for the final.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will both get one point but the Lankan Tigers will book their ticket to the final due to their better NRR.

Asia Cup schedule of remaining matches

Sept 14 - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Sept 15 - Bangladesh vs India Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Sept 17 - Final in Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)

Wasay Qayyum is a sports journalist at Geo Super.