The Pakistan-Bangladesh match is now going place at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium during the Super Four round of the Asia Cup 2023. Afghanistan and Nepal have already been eliminated from the competition, leaving India and Sri Lanka to compete for a position in the final.
In their final match in Pakistan, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by a score of seven wickets. The competition final and the other five Super Four stage games, however, will take place at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium. Due to recent severe rains and conditions in the city that resemble flooding, this poses a serious problem for the competition. There is a poor likelihood of rain starting on September 9 in Colombo, according to the weather forecast for the next few days.
Rain had previously impacted the India-Pakistan match during the group stage, which was played in Pallekele. Given the current Colombo weather forecast, there is a rising chance that further games could be postponed due to rain, possibly resulting in the cancellation of all five Super Four matches. Points would be distributed among the teams in such a case.
Pakistan would go to the final as the only team with a victory and four points if both Super Four games in Colombo are truly postponed. The group stage does not carry over any points to the subsequent round. All three Super Four games between India and Sri Lanka are slated to take place in Colombo, and if none of the games produces a winner, both teams would receive three points. Bangladesh will only have two points after their loss in Lahore, which would prove costly.
As a result, Sri Lanka and India would both be competing for a position in the championship game. If all three games are forfeited, they will not only be tied on points, but also on net run rate. In such a case, Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka, the captains, would flip a coin to decide which side advances to the final to play Pakistan.