The result saw India earn both points on offer which took their tally to 4 from 2 games. Only one other team now, between Sri Lanka (2) and Pakistan (2) can reach 4 points, which essentially means that Thursday’s clash between these two teams in Colombo becomes a virtual semi-final.
Having lost both their matches so far, Bangladesh are 4th and are out of contention.
The Bangla Tigers play their last game vs India in what will be a dead rubber on Friday.
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So who will play India for the Asia Cup trophy in the final on September 17, Sunday?
The equations are simple.
- The winner of the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan match will enter the final.
- But what happens if the match is called off? There is no reserve day for this game. There is once again a chance of rain on Thursday in Colombo, with a 73% chance of precipitation being forecast, including thundershowers.
- If the game ends in a No Result due to rain, Sri Lanka will advance to the final, owing to a better net run rate (-0.200) than that of Pakistan (-1.892).
Pakistan’s NRR took a beating due to their huge 228 run loss vs India which is also now the biggest margin of defeat in terms of runs for the men in green against India. Incredibly, the largest margin of victory for India against Pakistan in terms of runs before this was 88 runs less – 140 – way back in 2008 in Mirpur.
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There’s no doubt that most cricket fans around the world would want to see another India vs Pakistan clash. This time in the Asia Cup the first clash between these two teams didn’t produce a result. So fans have been able to enjoy only one complete game between the arch rivals so far.