How can India still reach the 2022 Asian Cup finals despite losing to Sri Lanka and Pakistan?
India’s opportunity qualifies for 2022 Asian Cup the final dropped severely as they lost their second Super 4s to Sri Lanka by six mistakes on Tuesday. The men in blue have lost both of their matches so far in the second round of the tournament.
Sri Lanka has now tightened its lead on the scoreboard at the Asian Cup. With the victory over India, they also almost got a spot for the 2022 Asian Cup finals.
On the other hand, India’s opportunities now depend on Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. For India to reach the 2022 Asian Cup final, both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will have to win against Pakistan.
Also, India needs to beat Afghanistan by a big margin to ensure that they have a higher running rate than Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Looking at how Pakistan has performed in their last two matches against Hong Kong and India, it seems very unlikely that they will lose to both Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
India’s fate will be decided on Wednesday night if Afghanistan loses to Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
It was a disappointing tournament for India as Rohit Sharma’s men were quite dominant in this year’s T20Is. However, the possibility of them reaching the finals of the Asian Cup at this time is quite low.
Pakistan can advance to the 2022 Asian Cup final if they win on Wednesday
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will reach the final of the Asian Cup on Wednesday night if the Blues beat Afghanistan in Sharjah. If Afghanistan wins, all 4 teams will be alive in the tournament.
It will be interesting to see which team takes the lead in Sharjah. Like the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Indian fans will be cheering for Afghanistan on Wednesday.