Asia Cup 2022: Can Team India Still Reach the Finals?

Team India’s Asia Cup 2022 journey started on a good note. The men in blue defeated both Pakistan and Hong Kong in the group stage. They became the first team from their group to reach the Super 4 stage, however, that was it. The super 4 wasn’t what the team expected it to be. Team India first faced Pakistan in the super 4 and then Sri Lanka but the result of both the games turned out the same; a defeat for India. Facing back-to-back losses has now nearly ended their dream of the Asia Cup finals.

Can India still reach the finals of the Asia Cup 2022?

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Though this seems like a distant dream, there is a slight possibility that one can have India in the finals of Asia Cup 2022. Before the start of the super 4 stages, there were 6 points up for grabs. India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were to face each other in one game. The team with the most points + a better run rate would automatically qualify for the finale. Sri Lanka’s group stage performance wasn’t that great. The team lost to Afghanistan and was almost eliminated by Bangladesh but they came up with their A game in the most important stage of the tournament. Sri Lanka has defeated both Afghanistan and India to retain the top spot in the points table with 4 points.

Pakistan lost their group stage game to India but later on, they avenged their loss by winning the much-needed 2 points. As of now, Afghanistan and India are at the bottom of the table with zero points. Interestingly, there’s a slight change for India but it is dependent on the performances of other teams.

For Team India to have a chance at finals, the following things should happen:

  • Afghanistan should defeat Pakistan with a decent margin.
  • India should win against Afghanistan with a good number of runs or wickets.
  • Pakistan should lose against Sri Lanka.

Supposedly, if things occur in this order, Sri Lanka will have a direct entry into the finals of Asia Cup 2022 finals with 6 points. However, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will be battling out with 2 points each, and the team with a better net run rate will then be facing, Sri Lanka, on September 11th in the final of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament. Pakistan will face Afghanistan and Sri Lanka on 7th September and 9th September whereas India’s last game will be versus Afghanistan on September 8. Sri Lanka is the second most successful Asian team with 5 trophies, Pakistan with 2 and the men in blue have won the tournament 7 times. This is the second edition of the T20I version of the Asia Cup, the inaugural edition was in 2016 with India beating Bangladesh.

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