India’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 Asian Cup final took a slight hit after losing to Pakistan in the first match of the Super Four.
Pakistan became the first team to beat India in the Asian Cup T20I match last night at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the last competition held in this format in 2016, India won all competitions including the final to claim the title.
Now that India have suffered a defeat in the opening match of the Super Four, their other two games have become must-win matchups. India need to beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday and then Afghanistan on Thursday to keep their hopes of the final alive.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan currently lead India by two points in the 2022 Asian Cup standings. Either team will lose at least one game as they face off on September 9th.
The match between Pakistan and Afghanistan could also play a big role in deciding the finalists. Pakistan will come into the game as favourites, but if Afghanistan wins, the game in the final will be more interesting.
At the end of the Super Four, if Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India have two wins each, the net run rate will come into play and the team with the highest net run rate will advance to the final.
How can India qualify for the 2022 Asian Cup without any net run rate considerations?
For India to qualify without involving net run rate, they need to beat Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in their next two games. They also need Pakistan to beat Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
In this case, Pakistan would be first with 6 points and India would be second with 4 points.