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India advances to the final of the Asia Cup 2023; Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka will serve as a virtual semifinal.

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In terms of making it to the final of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan and Sri Lanka still control their own destiny. Since Team India was the first team to secure their place in the final on Tuesday, September 12, there is only one remaining berth available. After defeating Sri Lanka valiantly in the Super 4s, the Men in Blue successfully advanced to the Asia Cup 2023 championship match. India faced a determined Sri Lankan team that had won 13 straight games. Despite being the underdog, Sri Lanka proved why they were undefeated.

At the R. Premadasa Stadium, the co-hosts came dangerously close to defeating India in a historic victory, but ultimately lost by 41 runs. India was bowled out for a paltry 213 runs against Sri Lanka. In response, despite some energetic efforts with the bat from players like Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage, they were all out for 172 in the 42nd over.

How Pakistan might achieve final qualification:

With Sri Lanka losing to Team India, there is still a chance for the first-ever India vs. Pakistan Asia Cup final. After Sri Lanka’s defeat, Pakistan now controls their own destiny and has the potential to set up an exciting matchup with their bitter rivals.

India leads the Super 4s standings after two victories in as many games. Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who each won one of the two games, are now in second and third place, respectively. Due to the net run rate, Sri Lanka has an advantage over Pakistan. Bangladesh, on the other hand, lost both games and was eliminated from the competition.

There are still two games left in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4. Sri Lanka and Pakistan will compete against one another in what would be another virtual semifinal, while India would face Bangladesh. The final standings will not be affected by the contest between India and Bangladesh, however the match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will determine the second finalist.

So how does Pakistan get into the 2023 Asia Cup final?

The equation is actually quite straightforward. The Men in Green will only need to win to advance to the championship game. Similarly, if Sri Lanka defeats Pakistan, they will also advance to the championship game. India will play the game’s victor in the championship. But Pak’s preparations could be derailed by the weather.

There is a chance that the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be cancelled due to the unfavourable Colombo weather forecast. As a result of their superior net run rate (-0.200) compared to Pakistan’s (-1.892) in this scenario, Sri Lanka will proceed to the championship game. Therefore, Pakistan must pray that the rain stays away and that they defeat Sri Lanka in order to qualify and set up an India vs. Pakistan final.

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