Asia Cup: Praying for miracle, Virat Kohli sets sights on Afghanistan
A bonus point win against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka losing both its remaining matches will, possibly, bring India back in Asia Cup tile clash contention. Virat Kohli sees no reason why it is a bit far-fetched.
Trying to keep his and the team's focus away from the mathematical calculations which give India a slight chance at reaching the Asia Cup finals, skipper Virat Kohli said he is solely aiming on a bonus point win against Afghanistan in their last league match. (Points Table)
India now need a miracle to progress to the final as they will have to win by a bonus point against Afghanistan and hope that Sri Lanka lose both their remaining matches, one of them against Afghanistan on Monday. (Also read: Kohli says he isn't shocked by loss to Pakistan, praises Team India's fight)
If both teams have the same number of points, it's the net run rate that will come into count as per the Asian Cricket Council playing conditions.
"I've personally stopped putting my money on the games that are left in the tournament. All we can do is put up a strong performance in our game, try and get a bonus point, and then see. We'll know by March 4 what happens," Kohli said after the one-wicket loss to Pakistan which has severely jeopardised India's chances of making the final of the event.
"We're just looking to improve our cricket and correct our mistakes," Kohli told reporters.
Citing the 2011-12 tri-nation Commonwealth Bank series in Australia when Sri Lanka beat Australia to progress into the final, Kohli said: "In Australia as well, we were watching another game, and Sri Lanka almost beat Australia and we could have made the finals, but that didn't happen."
"Last time in Asia Cup as well we were hoping Sri Lanka to beat Pakistan or Bangladesh, either of the two, but that didn't happen." (Also read: Gavaskar slams Team India's work ethics)
Having suffered consecutive losses, Kohli said his inexperienced team was making quite a few mistakes.
"We are making mistakes regularly, which we need to correct because they are costing us in International cricket. If we make three or four crucial errors in each game, it's quite costly in the end. That is one thing we have to learn from and improve on because there's quite a bit of inexperience in batting and bowling.
"People learn from mistakes and I hope in the coming games, we don't repeat these mistakes and play more smartly at crucial times."
India face Afghanistan on March 5 in their concluding Asia Cup league tie. (Also read: Afghanistan team says it is ready to fire against India, Sri Lanka)