With two back to back heartbreaking defeats in Asia Cup qualifiers, Nepal managed to win the third one. With UAE losing their third match, there arise a small ray of hope for Nepali cricket fans. Here I have brought a small calculation, from where Nepal can still qualify for the Asia Cup.
This the table after the finish of three matches.
Nepal are currently in 5th position with 2 points from three matches. Oman had won all three matches and have six points. Similarly, after winning today’s game, Hong Kong are in second postion with 6 points. Now, in order to qualify for the Asia Cup, the first target would be finishing in top two (as top two will play final).
- Nepal must win all the remaining matches now (against Singapore and Hong Kong)
- UAE lost one of its match, so now they should lost yet another match (probably with Oman).
I will explain this now. At first Nepal must win all the remaining three matches. Its a compulsion as Nepal are to qualify for the Asia Cup 2018. UAE had lost one match. Therefore, if UAE lost to Oman then there will be a chance for Nepal. But if UAE defeat Oman, then Oman must have lose to Hong Kong. Then, Nepal will have a chance to be in top two ( The match between Oman and UAE mustn’t be drawn). If Oman lost against Hong Kong tomorrow, then it all depends on Nepal only. If Oman lose to Hong Kong tomorrow, then Nepal can qualify for Asia Cup winning all their matches with better run rate.
(Note: The net run rate will be vital in all the case, so Nepal must gain better net run rate as well.)
If Nepal managed to be in top two, then the last (final) game will be the ultimate decider on who will join India and Pakistan.
Let’s hope for positive. Let’s hope that we can play Asia Cup 2018 after couple of weeks.
If you have any confusions regarding Nepal’s chance, please leave it in the comment box below.