India will take on Sri Lanka in their second Super Four match of Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai on Tuesday, September 6. India are in a strange situation as they are facing a potentially must-win situation against the islanders after having lost to Pakistan in their first Super 4 match of the campaign.

Sri Lanka are currently on top of the points table after having hammered Afghanistan in their opener in the Asia Cup Super 4 campaign and India can’t afford any more slip-ups against Dasun Shanaka’s men who are looking pumped up after their comeback-from-behid campaign so far.

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India looked in fine rhythm as they topped the group stage with wins over Pakistan and Hong Kong but India were stunned by an inspired Pakistan side on Sunday, September 4 by 5 wickets. Despite posting 181 on the board, India lost the last-over thriller as Mohammad Rizwan’s 71 and Mohammad Nawaz’s 20-ball 42 blitzkrieg helped Pakistan script their highest-successful run chase against their arch-rivals in T20Is.

India have gotten off to a shaky start with questions being asked about their team combination after the injury to Ravindra Jadeja, their premier all-rounder. India’s bowling was ordinary in their defeat to Pakistan and the middle-order struggled to get going as Virat Kohli’s 44-ball 60 and a fast start from openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul went in vain.

However, all is not lost for Rohit Sharma’s men despite the Super 4 stage being a highly-competitive affair. IndiaToday.in looks at how India can qualify for the final from hereon.

SUPER 4: UPCOMING MATCHES

Note: The top 2 teams at the end of the 4-team Super 4 stage qualify for the final.

India vs Sri Lanka in Dubai on September 6, Tuesday

Pakistan vs Afghanistan in Dubai on September 7, Wednesday

India vs Afghanistan in Dubai on September 8, Thursday

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Dubai on September 9, Friday

Final in Dubai on September 11, Sunday in Dubai

India need to win their remaining 2 matches to stand a good chance of making the final. Even if India win their remaining 2 matches, they are not guaranteed of a place in the final as more than 2 teams can finish with 4 points. In case of a 3-way tie, the Net Run Rate will come into play.

If India beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Afghanistan on Thursday, 3 teams (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) can still end up on 4 points each, making it a tie-breaker with NRR at the end of the Super 4 stage.

Scenario 1

Pakistan – 4 points from 3 matches

Sri Lanka – 4 points from 3 matches

India – 4 points from 3 matches

Afghanistan – 0 points from 3 matches

An easier route to the final for India would be, Pakistan winning all their matches in Super 4 and India beating both Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Scenario 2

Pakistan – 6 points from 3 matches

India – 4 points from 3 matches

Sri Lanka – 2 points from 3 matches

Afghanistan – 0 points from 3 matches

On the other hand, if India lose to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, their chances of making the

Another one would be Sri Lanka losing to India but beating Pakistan in their final match and Afghanistan beating Pakistan in their final Super 4 match.

Scenario 3

India – 4 points from 3 matches

Sri Lanka – 4 points from 3 matches

Pakistan – 2 points from 3 matches

Afghanistan – 2 points from 3 matches

If India lost to Sri Lanka, then they have to wait for other results to go their way to qualify for the final of Asia Cup.

India would be hoping that either Sri Lanka or Pakistan go on to win all their remaining matches and they beat Afghanistan on Thursday. Net Run Rate will once again come into play to decide the tie-break.

Scenario 4

Pakistan – 6 points

India – 2 points

Sri Lanka – 2 points

Afghanistan – 2 points

Scenario 5

Sri Lanka – 6 points

India – 2 points

Pakistan 2 points

Afghanistan – 2 points

However, if India lose to Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Pakistan beat Afghanistan on Wednesday, none of the above scenarios would be valid.

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