The Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2023 is set to kick off in Lahore on Wednesday, featuring three confirmed teams: Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Sri Lanka secured the final spot with a narrow 3-run victory over Afghanistan. In Group A, Pakistan emerged as the top team (A1), while India secured the second spot (A2). This stage will comprise six matches, culminating in the grand final scheduled for September 17 in Colombo.

The Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage is a highly anticipated cricketing event that promises thrilling encounters as these top Asian teams battle it out for supremacy. The schedule, dates, venues, and timings of these Super Four matches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka are eagerly awaited by cricket enthusiasts worldwide. It’s an opportunity for fans to witness top-notch cricketing action as these teams compete for the coveted Asia Cup title.

Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Schedule

DateTime (IST)MatchVenue
Match 16 Sept 20233pmPakistan vs BangladeshSharjah
Match 29 Sept 20233pmSri Lanka vs BangladeshColombo
Match 310 Sept 20233pmPakistan vs IndiaColombo
Match 412 Sept 20233pmIndia vs Sri LankaColombo

The Asia Cup has been buzzing with talk of rivalries, and several exciting matchups are on the horizon. There’s the classic India-Pakistan rivalry, the intense Pakistan-Afghanistan clash, and even what’s humorously called the “Naagin derby.” But there’s one more sizzling rivalry that’s set to ignite the Super Four stage – Pakistan vs. Bangladesh. These two teams have a long and complex history both on and off the cricket field, and their Wednesday ODI encounter marks their first meeting since the 2019 World Cup.

For Bangladesh, their cricketing journey took a significant turn against Pakistan. While they had a breakthrough moment against them, it also became the site of their prolonged struggle to convert potential into on-field success. From 1999 in Northampton to 2015 in Mirpur, Bangladesh managed to defeat every other international team at least once, but they suffered a staggering 40 consecutive losses to Pakistan. Some of these defeats were heart-wrenching, especially the ones in the Asia Cups of 2012 and 2014.

However, Bangladesh has made strides since then, particularly in ODIs, where they’ve won four out of their last five meetings with Pakistan. Yet, the 2019 World Cup marked Pakistan’s resurgence in the rivalry, especially in Tests and T20Is. Nonetheless, the 50-overs format is where Bangladesh appears strongest.

Pakistan enters the match as favorites, being the world’s top-ranked ODI team and playing at home. They seem well-prepared and well-rounded. On the other hand, Bangladesh faces challenges with key players injured, including the in-form Najmul Hossain Shanto. Nevertheless, Bangladesh is a savvy and experienced ODI squad, familiar with Lahore’s conditions, having recently secured a thrilling victory against Afghanistan.

Despite Pakistan’s favored status, expect a well-prepared Bangladesh side to give their all in this ODI clash, as they aim to continue their recent success in this historic rivalry. The encounter promises to be an exciting chapter in their ongoing cricketing tale.