After suffering a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, India are on the verge of being eliminated from the Asia Cup 2022, even if they win their next game against Afghanistan comprehensively.
Chasing 174 to win, Sri Lanka brought the equation down to needing 21 in the last two overs. They scored 14 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Arshdeep Singh bowled wonderfully to try and defend seven runs in the final over. In the end, however, it wasn’t to be India’s game.
Although India are virtually knocked out of the tournament, they can still make it to the finals if the results of other teams go their way.
After defeating India, Sri Lanka have all but confirmed their place in the final. They are currently at the top of the Super 4 points table with four points and an NRR of 0.3512, followed by Babar Azam-led Pakistan, who are second in the table with two points and an NRR of 0.126. India are third with zero points and an NRR of -0.125, while Afghanistan are fourth on the list with zero points and an NRR of -0.589.
These are the remaining games in the Asia Cup 2022 before the final
Pakistan vs Afghanistan in Dubai on September 7, Wednesday
India vs Afghanistan in Dubai on September 8, Thursday
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Dubai on September 9, Friday
Final on September 11, Sunday in Dubai
India will need Pakistan to lose to Afghanistan on September 7 and to Sri Lanka on September 9 to stand a small chance to make it to the final. But that is not all they require. The Rohit Sharma-led will need to beat Afghanistan by a big margin on September 8 to improve their NRR.
Here’s a summary of how the results should pan out for India to play the final
-Afghanistan beat Pakistan.
– India beat Afghanistan.
– Sri Lanka beat Pakistan
– India’s NRR should be greater than that of Afghanistan and Pakistan.