With two back to back heartbreaking defeats in Asia Cup qualifiers, every Nepali Cricket supporters are worried whether they can still see their team in Aisa Cup 2018 or not. Here I have brought a small calculation, from where Nepal can still qualify for the Asia Cup.
This the table after the finish of two matches.
Nepal are currently in 5th position with 0 points from two matches. UAE and Oman had won their both matches are have four points each. Similarly, Hong Kong and Malaysia had won one and are on fourth and fifth position respectively. Singapore, along with Nepal have zero 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 Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong)
- Among Oman and UAE, at least one of them must lose two games. (As Oman and UAE are yet to face each other, so the one who will lose the game must lost another match as well). However, the match of these two is in the last day of round robin match.
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. If UAE lost to any one against UAE or Hong Kong and Oman also lost any one of their match, either against Singapore or Hong Kong, then Nepal had a chance to be in top two ( The match between Oman and UAE mustn’t be drawn). Similarly, if UAE lost any one of their two matches and Oman wins their both matches, then Oman must defeat UAE in the last game for Nepal to be in top two. Similar is the case in UAE won both their matches and Oman lost at least one. Then UAE must defeat Oman.
(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.
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