Pakistan beat India by five-wicket in a thrilling Super Four clash against India in the ongoing 2022 Asian Cup on Sunday. Team India made life difficult for themselves in the ongoing 2022 Asia Cup after being edged out by arch-rivals Pakistan in their first game at the Super-4 stage on September 4 (Sunday).
Pakistan goalkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan continued his best form in the continental tournament as he blitzed 71 from 51 deliveries with the help of six limits and two maximums. In addition to Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz (42 of 20), Khushdil Shah (14 of 11) and Asif Ali’s 16-run cameo at the end helped his team win the game. While India’s team was undefeated in the group stage of the tournament, Rohit Sharm’s team lost their first match of the Super-4 stage.
India and Pakistan may yet face each other in the summit clash in Dubai on 9/11. It will be their third meeting as the two also met last Sunday (Aug 28), where India defeated Pakistan by five wickets.
How does the Super 4 format work?
Four teams – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan – have qualified for the Super 4 stage and will meet once, which means a total of six matches will be played at this stage.
It is worth noting that if India win their remaining two games, Afghanistan will be eliminated from the tournament, while Sri Lanka will also be eliminated if they lose to Pakistan.
However, NRR will come into the picture if Sri Lanka or Afghanistan win any of the remaining games. Therefore, India has to win the next two matches by big margins to improve their NRR and book their place in the final, which is scheduled for September 11 in Dubai.
How can India qualify for the Asian Cup final?
India’s path to the 2022 Asian Cup final is quite simple. They need to beat both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Super 4 matches by good margins. India currently has a net execution rate of -0.126, while Sri Lanka (+0.589) and Pakistan (+0.126) are far ahead in the NRR scenario.
There can be two scenarios
Pakistan can win their remaining two matches and Sri Lanka will be out of the competition.
However, if Sri Lanka and Pakistan win a total number of two matches each, the top two will be decided by Net Execution Rate. This means that India has to win the next two matches by big margins to qualify.
Schedule for upcoming Super 4 matches
6th September: India vs Sri Lanka (Venue – Dubai)
7th September: Pakistan vs Afghanistan (Venue – Dubai)
8th September: India vs Afghanistan (Venue – Dubai)
9th September: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (Venue – Dubai)
- When will the final be played?
The final is scheduled for the 11th of September in Dubai.
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