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ACT M 2016: Points table interestingly poised (10/26/2016)
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With just two action days to go, and four of the six teams in the fray finishing four of the five matches, the position of teams in the points table is getting suspenseful in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy.

The points table position is such that that if Malaysia wins today, it will top the table notwithstanding the outcome of its last match against Korea on Thursday. Now, only India, though has only one match to play, is in a position to topple them with today’s victory. Even a draw is not sufficient for India to be at top and thus avoid possibly Pakistan in the semis.

After four matches Pak has just six points. It need to win China on Thursday to remain at third. Pakistan is struggling, even conceded three goals to Japan in a seven-gal thriller yesterday. Still, it can come on top against China. Other wise, China can pip Pakistan to fourth spot even theoritically out of semis race. And thus avoid relegated from knock-out.

undefined Korea has just 4 points, but with two matches on hand it can create havoc.

Korea is likely to win today against Japan that will give them seven points. If it can upset Malaysia in the last match, it can finish second behind India provided India wins today’s Malaysia match.

Unlike previous three editions, semifinal provision has been made in this year’s Asian Champions Trophy. It proved to be exciting. Even after five action days the semifinal line up is uncertain, adding suspense to the whole affair.

Except Japan, which has lost all the four matches, five teams are in contention for semifinal.

If China can upset Pakistan with good score, it can push Pak out of knock out. And occupy fourth position. Goal difference will play a role here in this case.

With the form and history, it seems India will top the pool followed by Malaysia. With two wins Korea can challenge Malaysia pushing them to third positon, leading to India-Malaysia semifinal. Every combination is now possible.

Today's two matches can clear the air. The penultimate day of Asian Champions Trophy assumes so much significance.

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