Flight tickets are almost booked and the “arguably” best team in the world is all set to fly back home. India’s journey in the Asia Cup 2022 is going to end soon. With all the hopes being shattered, the Indian side has only one match left in the Super 4 group stage.
India started the tournament with a close win, later on, the team became fully overconfident and that resulted in them getting thrashed by Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 league matches. Everything in the team was totally unpredicted. Forming a 15-member squad with only 3 pacers. Playing 11 with inexperienced Deepak Hooda preferred over in form Dinesh Karthik. Captaincy was a major issue. Fans were not happy with Rohit’s ideas and his on-field decisions. In short, they took things a bit lightly which resulted in back-to-back two defeats in three days.
Well, being an ICT fan, we still have some hopes for the Indian team making it to the finals. Our experts at Sportbetpro have brought you some scenarios that can lead to India qualifying for the finals. However, there are very less chances of these scenarios to get accurate but as Dalai Lama said, “Choose to be Optimistic, it feels better”. So, there are a few tides of hope left for him.
Afghanistan to WIN against Pakistan
Pakistan and Afghanistan will face each other on the 7th of September, the match will be played on Dubai International Cricket Stadium. If Afghanistan manages to beat Pakistan with a big margin then Afghanistan will get 2 points and the chances of India qualifying will increase.
Afghanistan is looking in great form, they bamboozled every cricket enthusiast after their stunning performance in the Super 6. Things went south after they got defeated by Sri Lanka in their first Super 4 game but the team has the caliber to defeat Pakistan.
The in-form players and positive approach of the Afghanistan team can help them beat Pakistan. Batters like Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran can play a special role in paving their victory path.
India to WIN against Afghanistan
India and Afghanistan will lock horns against each other on Friday 8th of September. This will be the second consecutive game for Afghanistan. In this match, India will have to defeat Afghanistan with a very high margin which will boost their Net Run Rate. Then India will also get 2 points in the group stage.
Right now, it would be very foolish to expect anything from the Indian Cricket team. But still, there are chances that they can defeat Afghanistan with a big margin. Deepak Chahar will play the next match against Afghanistan, so the main issue of India’s pace bowling will get sorted.
Batters like Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have good records against Afghanistan, so this can be a plus point for them.
Sri Lanka to WIN against Pakistan
In the final match of Super 4, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face each other on the 9th of September. This will be the last possible scenario to fulfil. In this match, Sri Lanka will have to beat Pakistan and win its all three games of Super 4.
Sri Lanka is performing exceptionally in the tournament. They are enjoying a 3 match-win-run so far. The team successfully defeated Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the mighty Indian side also. The team is fully positive and can win their match against Pakistan with a big margin.
If these three anticipations are achieved successfully, then Sri Lanka will have 6 points and they will qualify for the playoffs. Whereas, India and Afghanistan, and Pakistan will have 2 points each. And the team with the best run rate will join Sri Lanka in the finals of Asia Cup 2022.