India need victories to reach finals

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Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 17:59 [IST]
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India in must-win situation

Brisbane, Feb 21: India find themselves in a tight spot after they slumped to their second successive loss in the tri-series on Tuesday.

Their hopes of qualifying to the best-of-three finals depend on the team's final two games, where they have to win and hope for other results to go in their favour.

After Tuesday's 51-run defeat to Sri Lanka, India are placed at the bottom of the points table. Two games earlier they were on top.

At the moment, Australia lead with 14 points followed by Sri Lanka (11) and India (10). India have played six games as against the other two teams' five each. A total of eight matches are there for each side in the league stage.

MS Dhoni and his boys will face Australia on February 26, Sunday in Sydney and wrap up their league engagements two days later, on February 28, with a game against Sri Lanka.

However, the final match of the league is on March 2 and it is between Australia and Sri Lanka. This presents a tricky situation for India if they have to wait till the last day to know their finals' fate.

The best scenario for India now is to win both matches and if they do so they will jump to 18 points (without bonus points). That might brighten their chances of progressing to the finals.

If India lose one of their remaining two games, that might not be enough to give them a spot in the finals.

Remaining Tri-series Fixtures

February 24: Australia vs Sri Lanka, Hobart

February 26: India vs Australia, Sydney

February 28: India vs Sri Lanka, Hobart

March 2: Australia vs Sri Lanka, Melbourne

March 4: First final, Brisbane

March 6: Second final, Adelaide

March 8: Third final, Adelaide (if necessary)


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