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Asia Cup 2023: Can Pakistan still qualify for final versus India?

Indian squad enters Asia Cup 2023 final after a dramatic victory against Sri Lanka. They will face Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the final.

India reached the final of the Asia Cup 2023 following a dramatic 41-run triumph against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The Rohit Sharma-led team will now face either Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the final of this year’s Asia Cup. The Asia Cup final will be place at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 17 September.

In a low-scoring affair, India were bowled out for 213 after a promising start from openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. In reply, Sri Lanka were restricted to 172 due to the spin brilliance of Kuldeep Yadav and the swinging deliveries of Jasprit Bumrah.

What do Sri Lanka and Pakistan need to qualify for Asia Cup 2023 Final?

Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face in a virtual semi-final at the Premadasa Stadium on 14 September. The victor of this match will play on India for the Asia Cup trophy on 17 September.

Sri Lanka have had a dismal start to the competition, but the home conditions could give them an edge against Pakistan in the important meeting.

Meanwhile, Pakistan are also fighting injuries to pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who picked up niggles against India. As a result of the injuries, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan have been called up by the selectors for the balance of the competition.

What happens if the Pakistan versus Sri Lanka encounter gets washed out?

In the case of a washout between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium, both the sides would be awarded 1 point each for a total of 3 points. However, the side with the superior run rate will qualify for the final versus India.

Pakistan are now placed 3rd in the Asia Cup rankings, whereas Sri Lanka are rated 2nd due to a greater net run rate. Pakistan have a net run-rate of -1.892 whereas Sri Lanka have a net run-rate of -0.200, implying that a washout will benefit the Lankans more.