The scenarios that will decide who would compete in the Asia Cup final

India have already qualified for this year’s Asia Cup final, but it is unclear who will face Rohit Sharma’s team in the title decider.

India’s perfect run in this year’s competition continued on Tuesday with an amazing 41-run victory over a spirited Sri Lanka, and they already know they will play in the one-off final in Colombo on September 17.

We look at the four teams in the Super Four stage of the tournament and the remaining matches that will determine who advances to the final.

India
4 points
2.690 is the net run rate.
Bangladesh (September 15) is the only remaining match.

On present form, the seven-time Asia Cup champions are on track for an eighth triumph in Sri Lanka this year, and it’s simple to understand why.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (194) has the most runs in the tournament, while evergreen spinner Kuldeep Yadav is tied for the most wickets with nine.

India will be looking to remain unbeaten when they face Bangladesh in their last Super Four encounter on September 15 and will be keeping a careful eye on the action between Sri Lanka and Pakistan to determine who they will face in the final.

Points for Sri Lanka: 2
Net run rate: – 0.200 Remaining matches: Pakistan (September 14)

While this campaign hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Sri Lanka, the reigning Asia Cup champions are still well placed to defend their title if they can return to winning ways.

By virtue of a superior net run rate to Pakistan, Sri Lanka are well placed to reach this year’s final and can earn a place in the decider by not tasting defeat in their final Super Four match against Babar Azam’s side on September 14.

A win will have them qualify with ease, while a tie or no result will also see them progress as there is no reserve day scheduled for the final two Super Four matches.

Pakistan has two points.
Net run rate: -1.892 Remaining matches: Sri Lanka (September 14)

For Pakistan, the equation is straightforward. If they defeat Sri Lanka in Colombo on September 14, they will go to the final versus India. Any other outcome in that match, on the other hand, will result in their elimination.

That won’t be easy for the two-time Asia Cup champions, who are looking for their first trophy since 2012 and are dealing with new injury concerns for a pair of crucial fast bowlers.

Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf had niggles in their 228-run loss against India, prompting selectors to call up fellow quicks Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan for the rest of the competition.

Bangladesh has 0 points.
-0.749 net run rate
India (September 15) is the only remaining match.

Bangladesh are effectively out of contention for this year’s Asia Cup final after losing to India on Tuesday, but Shakib Al Hasan’s side still have a lot to play for in their final encounter of the tournament.

Bangladesh has only won one match so far in the tournament and will be eager to get back on track before the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India next month.