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Rain Threatens To Knock Pakistan Out Of Asia Cup 2023: What If PAK vs SL Washed Out?

The Asia Cup 2023 has reached a crucial juncture as teams vie for a spot in the final alongside India . Rohit Sharma 's Indian team has secured their place with impressive victories over Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4s, leaving Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the other contenders. Unfortunately, Bangladesh has already been knocked out due to their performance in the tournament. Let's delve into the possibilities if rain disrupts the Super 4 match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Reserve Day Uncertainty
The Asian Cricket Council had the foresight to establish a reserve day for the India vs. Pakistan Super 4 match. However, there is no such provision in place for the Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan encounter. In the event of rain affecting the match, a 20-over-per-side contest is scheduled to be held on Thursday to determine the winner between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Rain Threat Looms
Rain has been a persistent obstacle throughout the Asia Cup 2023, hampering teams' preliminary plans and causing disruptions. The Super 4 clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is no exception, with rain forecasted in Colombo on Thursday.

Crucial Net Run Rate Calculation
In the unfortunate event of a complete washout, Sri Lanka would progress to the final. This outcome is determined by the Net Run Rate (NRR) calculation, where Sri Lanka holds the upper hand. Despite both teams having accumulated 2 points, with one win and one loss each in the Super 4s, Pakistan's inferior NRR places them third. Sri Lanka boasts an NRR of -0.200, while Pakistan lags behind at -1.892. Therefore, Pakistan's only path to the final hinges on defeating Sri Lanka in the scheduled match.

Historic India vs. Pakistan Final
Notably, the Asia Cup history has never witnessed a final showdown between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, two of the most fierce competitors in the cricketing world.