Sports Desk: The ongoing Asia Cup is coming to an end. And only 3 matches are left to determine the two finalists, that is, three matches of the Super Four have been completed. Although no finalists have been finalized yet, every team has a chance to win the trophy.
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Let’s see how each team in this Asia Cup can get the ticket to the final.
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Sri Lanka (Point 4) :
Remaining Matches: Against Pakistan
Dasun Shanaka What Lankans Should Do:
Pakistan must lose
Expect Afghanistan to lose one of the remaining two matches
Should have a better net run rate than Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka are in safe position with four points from two wins in the Super Four. To say the final is almost certain.
However, they can get tickets for the final on Wednesday (September 7). Dasun Shanaka’s team will reach the final only if Afghanistan loses to Pakistan.
Their net run rate of 0.351 is impossible to surpass for Pakistan (0.126 run rate) and Afghanistan (-0.589).
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Pakistan (Point 2):
Remaining matches: Against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Babar Azam’s Pakistan needs to do:
The remaining two matches must be won
Must win at least one match, must be ahead of Afghanistan or Sri Lanka in net run rate.
If they lose both the matches, they will want India to lose against Afghanistan or have a better net run rate than the two teams.
Pakistan kept their destiny in their own hands by winning against India. The Rezwans will advance to the final if they beat Afghanistan on Wednesday night.
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Afghanistan (Points 0):
Remaining Matches: Against Pakistan and India.
What Muhammad Nabi’s Pakistan should do:
Both matches must be won and net run rate higher than Pakistan or Sri Lanka.
India or Pakistan must lose. In that case, they will want Pakistan to lose to Sri Lanka and have more net runs than the two teams.
Dasun Shanaka’s road has been tougher for Afghanistan with a net run rate of -0.589 in their loss to Sri Lanka. Rashid Khan’s Afghans have no choice but to win the remaining two matches to reach the final.
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India (Point 0):
Remaining match: Against Afghanistan
What Rohit Sharma’s India need to do:
Afghanistan must lose and Pakistan will want to lose the remaining two matches.
Despite winning the last match against Afghanistan by a huge margin, they have no chance. With two losses in the Super Four, India will now have to rely on the results of other teams.
Incidentally, even if India reaches the final by doing something miraculous, it is definitely not an India-Pakistan match.