India reached the finals of the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan is set to face defending champions Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The winner of this encounter will face India in the finals on Sunday. However, in a setback for Pakistan, the match is set to be delayed because of the rain.
As per the latest news report, the toss is delayed due to the rain. The whole ground is fully undercover, and it might be a long delay. Meanwhile, the weather forecast suggests that rain is likely to interrupt the game, as there are up to 80 per cent chances of a downpour during the match. It’s worth noting that if Rain continues to play Spilsport and this game doesn’t get a 20-over per side match, then Pakistan will be eliminated from the tournament.
In that scenario, the defending champions Sri Lanka will make their way to the finals as they have a better net run rate than hosts Pakistan. The Sri Lankan team has two points from two games and a net run rate of -0.20. On the other hand, Babar Azam-led Pakistan has a net run rate of -1.892. They have won one close game against Bangladesh and lost by a huge 228-run margin against arch-rivals India.
Will Pakistan be able to create history?
If Pakistan beats Sri Lanka in the Super 4 match, they will face India in the Asia Cup final for the first time. India has won 7 titles, while Sri Lanka has won 6. This is a golden opportunity for Pakistan to close the gap.
Before the final, India will play Bangladesh in their last Super 4 game. Bangladesh is already out of the tournament, but they will want to win for confidence. India will use the game to test their bench strength ahead of the ODI series against Australia.