In a recent Asia Cup 2023 match, Pakistan faced a significant setback, suffering a 228-run defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India. This not only dealt a blow to their net run rate, which now stands at -1.892, but also complicated their path to the tournament’s final.
To secure a spot in the Asia Cup 2023 Final, Pakistan’s route is clear: they must win their remaining Super Four match against Sri Lanka scheduled for September 14. However, the outcome of the India vs. Sri Lanka clash on September 12 holds importance, as the winner gains an advantage.
India, having another Super Four match against Bangladesh on September 15, can secure a final spot by winning both of their remaining matches. For Pakistan to secure the other final berth, they must triumph over Sri Lanka on Thursday.
If Sri Lanka prevails against both India and Pakistan, they will secure the final spot. In this scenario, Pakistan’s fate hinges on India losing to Bangladesh. To bolster their chances, either India or Sri Lanka must lose both of their remaining matches.
If these situations do not materialize, Pakistan’s net run rate becomes a critical factor in their quest for the final.