December 8, 2022

A certain statistic was frequently emphasised on social media as India advanced to the Super 4 stage of the 2022 Asia Cup last week. This statistic covered 14 straight victories for the Men in Blue over the course of the tournament’s four editions. But over the course of three nights, India dropped two straight Asia Cup games for the first time since 2014, putting them in danger of being eliminated. On Sunday, they were defeated by Pakistan by five wickets and shocked by Sri Lanka by six wickets, both matches taking place at the Dubai International Stadium. Can Rohit Sharma’s team still reach the Asia Cup final with one game left to play?

Few people anticipated the outcome that Tuesday night’s scoreboard showed. Since Sri Lanka has been playing in the format for the past few months, they had difficulty getting their campaign off to a strong start a few nights ago when the tournament had begun. However, the team that India met in Dubai was a revitalised Lankan squad that had defeated Bangladesh in the group stage to go to the Super 4 and avenge their loss to Afghanistan. And lastly, Dasun Shanaka’s team qualified for the Asia Cup final with their victory over India. What will happen to the Men in Blue now?

India’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 Asia Cup final

1) Pakistan lost to Afghanistan.

2) Afghanistan lost to India.

3)Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan.

4) India’s NRR ought to be higher than Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s.

If Afghanistan loses, Mohammad Nabi’s team and India will both leave the competition, suggesting a Pakistan-Sri Lanka final. If Afghanistan defeats Pakistan, India will need to defeat Nabi’s team by a wide margin in their last Super 4 match, and Sri Lanka will likely beat Babar Azam’s team to keep their winning run alive.

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