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Virat Kohli still hopeful of playing in Asia Cup 2014 final

Virat Kohli is banking on a few upsets and a bonus point from the match against Afghanistan © AFP
Virat Kohli is banking on a few upsets and a bonus point from the match against Afghanistan © AFP

Mirpur: Mar 3, 2014

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 2014 finals, skipper Virat Kohli said he is solely aiming on a bonus point win against Afghanistan in their last league match.

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.

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.”

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.

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