The third and final window of the first round of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers is almost upon us! India is set to face off against Iraq on 20th February followed by Lebanon on 22nd.
The roster details too have been announced.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
This is a high stakes, potential win-or-go home situation for India, which ideally needs to win at least one of the two games to stay in contention for qualifying for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. Considering that Lebanon is undefeated in the group, India will be hopeful of repeating its first window performance against Iraq, when it won 94-75. Failure to win a single game could see India crashing out of qualifying for the FIBA Asia continental event for arguably the first time in its history, dating back to its first appearance in 1965.
If India loses both its games, there is still an outside shot at progressing to the ‘Final Qualifying Tournament’ in June-July, but that will come down to the points differential between India (-53) and Iraq (-50).
How to watch India at the FIBA Asia Cup QuAlIfIERs
India’s games vs Iraq on 20th Feb 6:30 pm IST, followed by Lebanon on 22nd Feb 7:30 pm IST, will be live streamed on FIBA’s Youtube Channel and the FIBA Asia Cup Facebook page. Additionally, fans can also tune in for free via signing up on the LiveBasketballTV website/app.
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