Mirpur: All but eliminated from the race to final, a demoralised India would look to sign off their disastrous Asia Cup campaign on a positive note when they take on spirited debutantes Afghanistan in their last round-robin league match here on Wednesday. Hit hard by successive defeats, India will be eyeing a bonus point win over Afghanistan to boost their sagging morale in what has been a depressing campaign for the record five-time champions.
India's minuscule chances of making the final hinge on bizarre arithmetical equations. Virat Kohli's men would have to get past Pakistan in net run-rate so as to make the final, a situation which will only arise if Bangladesh managed to beat Pakistan in their last match. Four-time champions Sri Lanka have already sealed their final berth cruising to a third consecutive win, this time with a bonus point against Afghanistan on Monday night.
But it's not going to be easy for the Indians who look vulnerable without regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as that winning edge has been missing from the side. The batting has centred around Kohli as none of the other batsmen have shown the temperament to stay at the crease and go all the way. (Also read: Why India won't play the Asia Cup final)