After losing to Sri Lanka by six wickets in the Super 4, India’s attempt to defend its Asia Cup crown may likely be over. Their fate now depends on Pakistan losing both of their remaining games and them finishing with a higher net run rate than Afghanistan and Pakistan, since it was their second straight defeat in the Super 4.

India struggled to defend totals in both games, and the goals they set felt inadequate given the quality of their batting starts. India’s difficulty, according to batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who isn’t participating in the Asia Cup, seems to be batting in the middle overs.

“The overs between 6 and 15, and then we are not finishing as well because we are losing too many wickets in the middle overs, and then after the 15th over, we don’t have good hitters. On ESPNCricinfo, Pujara said, “I believe we need to sort it out, learn to bat effectively in that era.

“Today we didn’t get off to a good start; we lost a few wickets early. However, if we consider the game against Pakistan, despite a strong beginning, we continued to lose wickets between 6 and 15. We cannot exert ourselves in the last five overs. Therefore, I believe we will need to focus a little more on our batting in the middle overs.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave India a flying start against Pakistan by setting up an opening partnership of 54 runs in only 31 balls. However, owing to wicket losses, India lost that momentum after the 12th over. They scored 93/3 in the first 10 overs and finished up with a total of 181/7.

In their match against Sri Lanka, India lost two early wickets in Rahul and Virat Kohli, but they quickly recovered thanks to a 97-run partnership between Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav that took only 58 balls. India, on the other hand, barely ever formed partnerships after that, with Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant being their lone double-digit partnership.