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Asia Cup 2016: Hopes of an India vs Pakistan final may end today

Photo Credit: AFP

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With a win over Pakistan on Wednesday evening, Bangladesh can knock both Pakistan and defending champions Sri Lanka out of the tournament.

The stage is nicely set up for Bangladesh. With one win on Wednesday evening, they can knock both Pakistan and defending champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup.

Bangladesh will play their last league match of the tournament against Pakistan; and in the must-win game for both the teams, the hosts must upset Shahid Afridi's men to have any hopes of finishing in the top two, who will play each other in the title clash on March 6.

The Indian team is unbeaten in the tournament so far having completed a hat-trick of wins on Monday evening - defeating Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, respectively, to ensure a top-two finish.

Bangladesh are currently No. 2 in the points table with two wins from three matches, ahead of Sri Lanka, who have two points from one win in three matches. Pakistan, who have a game more in hand, are languishing at No. 4 with a win and a loss to their credit from the two matches they have played.

If Bangladesh put it across the Pakistanis on Wednesday, it will end all combinations and permutations by confirming an India-Bangladesh final. However, if Pakistan do the expected and beat Bangladesh, then they will go level with the hosts at four points - leaving the last match of the round-robin league between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to decide the second finalist.

If Pakistan beat Bangladesh but go on to lose to Sri Lanka, then all three teams will end level on four points, bringing in the net run-rate (NRR) to decide who goes through to the final. As of now, Bangladesh (+0.483) have the best NRR compared to Sri Lanka (-0.292) and Pakistan (-0.494).

UAE are already out of contention having lost the three matches they have played. They will play India in an inconsequential tie on Thursday.