India has already qualified for this year’s Asia Cup final, but it is still unclear who would face Rohit Sharma’s team in the championship game.

With a stunning 41-run victory over a valiant Sri Lanka on Tuesday, India maintained their perfect record at this year’s competition. They are already guaranteed a spot in the September 17 one-off final in Colombo.

We examine the four teams competing in the Super Four round of the competition and the remaining games that will determine who advances to the final.


Points: 4
Net run rate: 2.690
Matches remaining: Bangladesh (September 15)

On present form, it’s understandable why the seven-time defending Asia Cup champions are on track to win an eighth championship in Sri Lanka this year.

The tournament’s leader in runs is skipper Rohit Sharma (194), while veteran spinner Kuldeep Yadav is tied for the lead in wickets with nine.

In their final Super Four match against Bangladesh on September 15, India will be looking to maintain their perfect record. They will also be closely monitoring the action between Sri Lanka and Pakistan to find out who they will play in the championship game.

Sri Lanka

Points: 2
Net run rate: – 0.200
Matches remaining: Pakistan (September 14)

Although Sri Lanka’s season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, the defending Asia Cup winners are still in a strong position to retain their crown if they can get back to winning.

With a higher net run rate than Pakistan, Sri Lanka is in a good position to win this year’s championship and may advance to the championship game by defeating Babar Azam’s team on September 14.


Points: 2
Net run rate: – 1.892
Matches remaining: Sri Lanka (September 14)

Pakistan’s equation is straightforward. On September 14, if they defeat Sri Lanka in Colombo, they advance to the match versus India. In contrast, they will lose if the game has any other outcome.

The two-time Asia Cup champions, who are attempting to win their first championship since 2012 and have some recent injury concerns over a pair of crucial fast bowlers, will find it to be a difficult assignment.

After suffering niggles in their 228-run defeat against India, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf were replaced by fellow quicks Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan for the remainder of the competition.


Points: 0
Net run rate: – 0.749
Matches remaining: India (September 15)

Bangladesh’s chances of winning the Asia Cup this year were virtually eliminated by Sri Lanka’s defeat to India on Tuesday, but Shakib Al Hasan’s team still has a lot to play for in their last tournament encounter.

Bangladesh, who have only won one game thus far, would be eager to get back to winning ways in order to boost their confidence before the commencement of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India next month.


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