How India Can Still Reach In Asia Cup Final

The Indian cricket team lost in the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday night after failing to successfully defend a target of more than 170 runs for the second time in a row. 

With six wickets in hand and one ball remaining, Sri Lanka was able to reach the 174-run goal that India had set for them. The last two innings mirrored India’s defeat to Pakistan on Sunday in every way.

In the last over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s weak bowling lost India another wicket, and young Arshdeep’s valiant efforts were in vain since he only had 6 runs to defend in both instances.

India’s poor powerplay bowling made the Sri Lankan victory possible, as the Lankan openers Nissanka and Mendis dominated the game. 

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India entered the game thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal’s three wickets, but the pacers lacked the cutting edge that would have allowed India to control the last overs.

India is currently in danger of being eliminated after their second consecutive defeat. However, Rohit Sharma’s group might still reach the championship game.

Here are all the possible outcomes when considering the three other teams:

Sri Lanka: Following their second consecutive victory, the Lankans are sure to go to the finals. Sri Lanka would now need to defeat Pakistan and do so decisively for India to win.

Pakistan: Rohit Sharma’s squad will be eliminated if Pakistan defeats Afghanistan on Wednesday. India needs Babar Azam and his team to lose against Sri Lanka by a wide margin and to Afghanistan by a narrow margin.

Afghanistan: India’s last Super 4 opponent will be the influential Afghans, but Mohammad Nabi’s squad must first defeat Pakistan. To maintain their prospects, India would want to dominate the Afghans by a wide margin.