In the Asia Cup 2022 Super Four match that took place on Tuesday in Dubai, India was defeated by Sri Lanka by a score of six wickets.
The defeat decreased India’s hopes of advancing to the final and successfully defending its title. The two-time reigning champion is now confronted with a scenario in which its qualifying for the final hinges on the achievements of another team, most specifically Pakistan’s.
India’s chances of advancing to the championship match are now contingent on Pakistan’s performance in its last two Super Four matches, which will take place against Afghanistan (on Wednesday) and Sri Lanka (Friday).
In order for India to win, Pakistan will need to lose both matches. India will also need to win Thursday’s match against Afghanistan by a significant margin. In the event that all of the aforementioned events fall in team India’s favour, the equation can still boil down to an NRR knockout between India and Afghanistan.
India lost both of their Super 4 games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka
On September 6, Sri Lanka won their fourth second Super 4 match in the Asia Cup 2022 by defeating India by a score of six wickets. The match took place in Dubai. Following their defeat to Pakistan in its most recent encounter, India is now in danger of being eliminated from the competition. The outcome of Wednesday’s match between Afghanistan and Pakistan will determine how far India will go in the series.
Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis, the openers for Sri Lanka, dominated from the very beginning and surpassed the 50-run mark in just five overs in response to the challenge of 173 runs posed by India.
While Pathum Nissanka scored a vital 52 runs in 37 balls, Kusal Mendis scored 57 runs in 37 balls.
As was the case in the last encounter against Pakistan, the Indian bowlers were unable to impress and did not succeed in taking early wickets. Despite this, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal got three wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin was responsible for Danushka Gunathilaka’s dismissal.