India out of contention for Asia Cup final even before last match

DUBAI: India were on Wednesday knocked out of contention for the Asia Cup final after Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket in a tense ‘Super 4’ match in Sharjah.
Winless in two matches, both India and Afghanistan are out of the tournament and Thursday’s match between the two sides here has been rendered inconsequential.
With four points each from two wins apiece, Pakistan and Sri Lanka sealed their places in the summit clash to be played on Sunday.
After convincing wins over arch-rivals Pakistan and Hong Kong in the group matches, India looked clueless in the Super 4 stage. They lost to Pakistan by five wickets and then slumped to a six-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in a close match.
Despite the losses, India still had a mathematical chance to qualify for Sunday’s final if Afghanistan had beaten Pakistan on Wednesday. Besides, India were also required to beat Afghanistan by a big margin on Thursday and for Sri Lanka to do a favour by beating Pakistan on Friday.
India’s fate had slipped out of their hands after the defeat against Sri Lanka and any faint hopes remaining were snuffed out with Pakistan snatching victory against Afghanistan in the final over in a Super 4 match that could have gone either way.

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