The Men In Blue cruised into the Asia Cup 2023 final with a convincing victory over Sri Lanka in their second game of the Super Four on Tuesday in Colombo.
A day after thrashing Pakistan by 228 runs, Team India was bundled out for a paltry 213 however, their bowlers fought hard and defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs to seal a place in the Final of the continental tournament.
With Tuesday’s win, India also broke Sri Lanka’s 13-match winning streak.
Now, all eyes will be on the next Super 4 clash tie between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday as the winner will advance to the final.
On the other hand, Bangladesh are already out of the reckoning after losing two of their Super 4 games and will face India on Friday.
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have won a game each in the ongoing Super 4 stage before being beaten by India.
Coming to the points-table, India are comfortably placed on the top with 4 points and a Net Run Rate (NRR) of +2.690 with one more game to go.
Despite losing to India, Sri Lanka are placed at the second spot with 2 points however, their NRR has dipped to –0.2.
Pakistan has the worst NRR of -1.892 and are placed third on the points table with 2 points.
Bangladesh are at the bottom with 2 losses and 0 points and with a NRR of -0.749.
Now with the weather in Colombo playing hide and seek, what would happen if the game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka gets washed out?
If rain washes out the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka clash on Thursday, a point each will be divided between both the teams and in such a scenario, the team with a better NRR will advance to the finals.
A washout means the Babar Azam-led Pakistan will be knocked out.
Significantly, the Men In Blue have won the most number of Asia Cup titles in the ODI format, having lifted the title six times while defending champions Sri Lanka have won it 5 times while Pakistan won only twice.