In a gripping contest at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, India secured a hard-fought 41-run victory over Sri Lanka, cementing their spot in the much-anticipated final of the 2023 Asia Cup. This victory also sets the stage for a potential historic India-Pakistan final, a dream showdown that has eluded cricket fans for four decades in the Asia Cup.
India’s journey to the final has been nothing short of spectacular. Over the last two days, they have triumphed over both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, accumulating four crucial points in as many games during the Super 4 stage of the competition. Unfortunately, this winning streak spelt the end for Bangladesh, who found themselves with zero points in the table.
Final Opponents: Pakistan or Sri Lanka?
While India has secured a coveted berth in the 2023 Asia Cup final, their opponent remains undecided. Pakistan and Sri Lanka, each with two points from two games, will face off on Thursday (September 14) in a virtual knockout match. The equation is clear for both teams: a victory secures their spot in the final. However, the scenario becomes complex if rain intervenes, potentially washing out the game.
The absence of a reserve day for this critical match adds an element of unpredictability. In the event of a rain-induced draw, both teams will share a single point. Sri Lanka, with a superior net run rate (NRR) of -0.20 compared to Pakistan’s -1.89 after their 228-run loss to India, would advance to the final. Consequently, Pakistan faces the dual challenge of defeating Sri Lanka and praying for clear skies
A Historic Final Awaits
The eagerly anticipated Asia Cup final, which holds the promise of a thrilling India-Pakistan encounter, is scheduled for Sunday (September 17) at the iconic Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Cricket enthusiasts across the globe are poised for a historic showdown, as India aims to secure their title in a face-off against the resurgent Sri Lanka or arch-rivals Pakistan, depending on Thursday’s outcome.