Asia Cup 2023: Can team India still qualify for Super Fours after Pakistan washout?

The highly-anticipated clash between cricketing giants India and Pakistan at the 2023 Asia Cup in Pallekele took an unexpected turn as rain disrupted what promised to be a thrilling encounter. Despite weather interruptions, both teams showcased moments of brilliance, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the next face-off.

Early in their innings, India found themselves in a tight spot facing Pakistan’s formidable pace attack led by Shaheen Afridi. However, a remarkable recovery, spearheaded by Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan, allowed India to post a total of 266 on a pitch that exhibited variable bounce. The return of Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead, added to the excitement.


Throughout the match, rain was a looming concern, causing two brief interruptions during India’s batting. Despite these interruptions, there was hope that the game would resume, with Indian bowlers even warming up. Unfortunately, just before the scheduled resumption time, rain made a comeback, dashing hopes of witnessing the anticipated showdown between India and Pakistan.

In terms of group standings, Pakistan, India, and Nepal constitute Group A. Pakistan had previously secured a resounding 238-run victory over Nepal, while this match marked India’s tournament opener. The rain-marred contest saw both teams earn one point each, resulting in Pakistan’s advancement to the Super Four stage with three points. India currently holds the second spot with one point, while Nepal remains in third place with no points.

In Group B, Sri Lanka has played against Bangladesh, securing a five-wicket victory, while Afghanistan is yet to commence their campaign.

To secure their place in the Super Four stage, India simply needs to avoid an upset against Nepal in their next match. Currently, India’s Net Run Rate (NRR) is of no consequence, and they require just one more match without a result to confirm their qualification. The only scenario that would threaten India’s progression is if they suffer a defeat at the hands of Nepal in their upcoming fixture scheduled in Pallekele on Monday.