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Asia Cup 2018 Final: Qualification scenarios of all four teams

The 2018 Asia Cup has been a success so far and it is entering its last stage as the teams are fighting it out for a place in the final which will be played at the Dubai international stadium on September 28. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will make it to the final and the last round of the Super Four stage matches will get underway on September 25 with India taking on Afghanistan in a dead rubber while Pakistan will take on Bangladesh a day later with everything to play for.

Let us take a look at what the teams need to do in their final Super Four matches to qualify for the final.

Afghanistan:

The Afghans have impressed everyone so far in the tournament as they already beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage and almost beat Pakistan and Bangladesh again in the Super Fours. But, their inexperience clearly showed as they failed to cross the line in both those games and tasted defeats. With zero points in two matches, the Afghans are already out of the tournament.

India:

India, despite not having Virat Kohli in their ranks, are easily the team of the tournament as they are unbeaten so far. With two wins in the Super Fours, one each against Bangladesh and Pakistan, India have already booked their place in the final. Even if they lose to Afghanistan in their final Super Four game, they are set to make it to the final.

Pakistan and Bangladesh:

Both Pakistan and Bangladesh have won one match and lost the other in Super Fours and have two points in as many matches. With both the teams playing each other, the winner between Bangladesh and Pakistan will join India in the final. If the match is washed out, Pakistan (-0.556) will pip Bangladesh (-0.645) for a place in the final on the virtue of having a superior NRR.

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