Explained: Who Will Make Asia Cup 2023 Final If All Super Four Matches In Colombo Are Washed Out
Asia Cup 2023: Five of the six games of the Super 4 stage will take place at Colombo's R. Premadasa Stadium. The weather forecast in the city leaves a genuine fear of all five games being washed out. The India-Pakistan game in the group stage of the tournament saw no result due to rain in Kandy.
The Asia cup super four stage face a massive rain threat in colombo
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Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the first Super four game in Lahore
The remaining five matches will take place in Colombo
Colombo's weather forecast paints a gloomy picture
The 2023 Asia Cup is heading towards its business end as the Pakistan-Bangladesh clash at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore started the Super Four stage of the competition. With Afghanistan and Nepal knocked out, these two teams, along with India and Sri Lanka, are competing for a place in the final.
The Men in Green's comprehensive seven-wicket victory over the Shakib Al Hasan-led side was the last game of the competition in Pakistan. The remaining five super four stage matches and the final of the tournament will take place at the iconic R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
This brings a massive threat to the competition as the city has faced excessive rain over the last couple of weeks and also saw a flood-like situation. The weather forecast for the next few days is no better, putting the status of the matches in massive doubt. According to weather.com, there is more than 80% rain predicted on most days from September 9 to September 17.
See Colombo weather forecast
The marquee India-Pakistan game in the group stage held in Pallekele has already been washed out, and the forecast for the next few days in Colombo raises the possibility of more games not getting a result. In fact, many will fear all five games will be abandoned due to rain, and points will be shared.
What happens if all Super 4 games in Colombo are washed out?
If the doomsday scenario of all five games in Colombo being washed out comes true, Pakistan will qualify for the final as they will be the only team to register a victory, and with four points to their name, points from the group stage are not carried forward to the next round. Both India and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play all three games of the round in Colombo and will end with three points each in this situation. On the other hand, Bangladesh's defeat in Lahore will prove costly, as they will have only two points on the table.
This will mean both India and Sri Lanka will be in contention for a spot in the final. Both teams will not just be equal on points but also on net run rate if all three games are washed out. This means a coin toss between the Rohit Sharma and Dasun Shanaka will decide who will play in the final against Pakistan.