Mirpur: Millions of
Indian cricket fans will be praying for a Sri Lankan victory when the
islanders take on hosts Bangladesh on Tuesday in their last league match,
the result of which will determine India’s fate in the Asia Cup cricket
The Indians recorded their highest run-chase ever to
pull off an extra-ordinary victory over arch rivals Pakistan yesterday,
riding on Virat Kohli blistering 183 off 148 balls to keep themselves in
the hunt for a place in the final.
But Sunday's win alone is not
enough for the defending champions to seal their place for Thursday’s
summit clash as India’s fate now entirely depends on how Sri Lanka
India, whose Asia Cup campaign was thrown into disarray
after their upset five-wicket loss to minnows Bangladesh, will now have to
wait for the result of Tuesday’s Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka win, India will go into the final but a defeat for the islanders
will ensure that Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the title clash on
As per the rules of the tournament, if two teams are
tied on points, head-to-head record will be considered, so Bangladesh will
go into the final as they had beaten India in their league match.
by the form of both the teams, Bangladesh would back themselves to
register another upset win in the tournament.
Pakistan a scare in the tournament-opener, Bangladesh sprung a surprise by
chasing down India’s challenging 289-run target with five wickets in
hand and four balls to spare.
Nicknamed ‘Tigers’, the
Bangladesh cricket team has so far showed in the continental event that
they are quite a handful in front of adoring home fans.