The Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage features four formidable cricketing nations: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. These teams have battled their way to this stage of the tournament, setting the stage for thrilling contests.
The Super Four segment comprises six matches, with one game scheduled to take place at Pakistan’s Gaddafi Stadium, while the other five will be hosted in the coastal city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Super Four fixtures are set to commence on September 5 and will culminate on September 15. In the initial group stage, India, Pakistan, and Nepal were in Group A, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan formed Group B.
India’s journey in the Asia Cup
India’s journey in the multi-national Cup began with an intense encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan. However, their first match was abandoned due to relentless rain, resulting in both teams sharing a point. In their second league game against Nepal, rain again played a role. Nepal posted 230 runs after being bowled out in 48 overs. Due to rain, India had a revised target of 145 runs in 23 overs, which they achieved without losing a wicket.
Pakistan’s dominance in the Asia Cup
Pakistan had a blazing start to the tournament, thrashing Nepal with an emphatic victory margin of 238 runs. Nevertheless, their second match against India faced the same fate as the first, being abandoned due to rain. Despite this, Pakistan maintained the upper hand against India for most of the game, keeping the Men in Blue’s top and lower orders in check. They secured their spot in the Super Four group by topping their group with three points from two games.
Bangladesh’s resilient path in the Asia Cup
Bangladesh’s Asia Cup journey began on a shaky note with a loss to co-hosts Sri Lanka by five wickets in their first encounter. Nevertheless, they made a strong comeback in their last group-stage game against Afghanistan. Bangladesh secured an impressive 89-run victory, powered by centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto, securing their place in the Super Four stage.
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Sri Lanka’s pursuit of Asia Cup glory:
Sri Lanka, co-hosting the tournament, commenced their Asia Cup journey with a notable win over Bangladesh. Their bowlers played a pivotal role in restricting Bangladesh to a chaseable total, which Sri Lanka successfully pursued with five wickets in hand. In the second game they defeated Afghanistan by two runs in a thrilling contest held at Gaddafi Stadium in Pakistan. This victory propelled defending champions Sri Lanka into the Super Four stage, highlighting their potential as contenders in the competition.
Super Four, Asia Cup 2023, Fixtures:
- September 6: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 02:30 pm local
- September 9: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 03:00 pm local
- September 10: Pakistan vs India, R Premadasa Stadium, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 03:00 pm local
- September 12: India vs Sri Lanka, R Premadasa Stadium, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 03:00 pm local
- September 14: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, R Premadasa Stadium, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 03:00 pm local
- September 15: India vs Bangladesh, R Premadasa Stadium, 3:00 pm IST/ 09:30 am GMT/ 03:00 pm local
TV channels and Live streaming details:
- India: Star Sports, Disney+Hotstar
- Pakistan: PTV Sports, Ten Sports
- Bangladesh: Gazi TV, T Sports
- Sri Lanka: SLRC Channel Eye
- UK: TNT Sport 1
- USA: ESPN+
- Australia: Fox Sports, FOXTel app
- Afghanistan: Ariana Television
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