Pakistan defeated India by five wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Mohammad Rizwan’s 71 and Mohammad Nawaz’s quickfire 42 guided helped the team chase a 182-run target with one ball to spare in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2022.
With their first defeat of the tournament this year, India’s path to the final got a little tougher. Now, Rohit Sharma and co need to win both their remaining games – against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan – to make it to the finale.
How does the Super 4 system work?
Many have confused the Super 4 format of the Asia Cup with semi-finals. The India vs Pakistan match on Sunday was not a knock out. As per ICC’s rules, a team needs to win as many games out of the three played at the stage to make it to the final.
The Super 4 teams consist of the ones who came first and second in the Group A and B in the round robin stage.
From the first group, India and Pakistan qualified for the Super 4 and from the other Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were the top two.
“Instead of a normal semi-final phase, the teams progressing from the two groups play each other in another round robin phase. From there, the top two sides to go head-to-head in the tournament final. Points from the opening group stage do not carry over for the Super Four stage,” ICC explained the Super 4 stage on its website.
It means, if we take one team, say India, then they will play Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan once in this stage of the tournament.
In case of a tie, in terms of wins, the net run rate will decide the finalists. India will have to defeat Afghanistan and Sri Lanka by big margins.