India’s chances of reaching the 2022 Asian Cup finals have decreased slightly after a defeat to Pakistan in the first match of the Super Four round.
Last night at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Pakistan became the first team to beat India in the framework of the Asian Cup. In the previous version of this format which took place in 2016, India won all the games including the final, to claim the title.
Now that India have conceded defeat in their opening Super Fours, their remaining two matches have become must-win encounters. India needs to beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday and then beat Afghanistan on Thursday to keep their hopes up in the final.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently ranked above India in the scoreboard at the 2022 Asian Cup with two points each. Either team will lose at least one game as they will be playing each other on September 9.
The match between Pakistan and Afghanistan could also play an important role in deciding the team to the final. Pakistan will go into the match as favorites, but if Afghanistan wins, the race to the final will become more interesting.
At the end of the Super Fours round, if Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India have two wins, the net run rate will be calculated and the teams with the best net run rate will advance to the final.
How can India qualify for the 2022 Asian Cup without considering the net run rate?
For India to qualify without regard to net run percentage, they need to beat Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the next two matches. They also need Pakistan to defeat Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
In such a scenario, Pakistan would come out on top with six points, followed by India in second place with four points.