The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team was off to a great start in the ongoing edition of the Asia Cup. India won both of their matches against Pakistan and Hong Kong respectively in the group stage. The performance in the group stage enabled the Men In Blue to become the first team to qualify for the Super 4 stage of the marquee tournament.
However, India’s campaign in the Asian tournament got derailed as they faced a humiliating defeat against their arch-rivals Pakistan yesterday (Sunday). The Indian team was clinical throughout with the bat but the bowlers let the team down as they failed to defend a huge total of 182.
How India can still qualify for the Final
The defeat against Men In Green hampered India’s chances to qualify for the Final of Asia Cup 2022. India now has to win both matches in the remainder of the tournament. The team might further be required to register wins with relatively big margins in both matches as the net run rate has entered the equation now.
One more loss in the Super 4 leg will officially eliminate the Indian team. The Indian team has a healthy NRR of -0.126, However Sri Lanka is far ahead in that regard, having an NRR of +0.589. This ultimately makes it clear that if Sri Lanka manages to beat Pakistan, then the viewers will witness three teams namely India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka fighting it out for the two finalists’ spots.
Pakistan registering a victory against India has left the Asian tournament wide open. All four teams including Afghanistan will fancy their chances of making it into the Final. Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the grand finale which is scheduled to be played on September 11.
Here’s what India has to do to qualify for the Final:
Scenario 1 (If Sri Lanka beats Pakistan): Win their remaining two matches and have a better net run rate than either Sri Lanka or Pakistan at the end of the Super 4 stage. Scenario 2 (If Sri Lanka loses to Pakistan): Win their remaining two matches.