How team India can qualify for T20 World Cup Semi-finals: Team India managed to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup alive after defeating Afghanistan by 66 runs on Wednesday (November 3) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The pre-tournament favourites India were off to a poor start in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing showpiece event as they lost their first two matches against arch-rivals Pakistan and New Zealand by 10 wickets and eight wickets respectively.
Group 2 leaders Pakistan have already booked their semi-final spot and three strong contenders — Afghanistan, New Zealand and India are fighting for a place in the semis.
With three wins and six points, Pakistan are at the top of the table and look comfortably placed to sail through to the knockouts.
Remember, the format of the Super 12 is such that only the top two teams from each group will be eligible to progress to the knockouts, while the remaining four will head back.
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As of this moment, winless India are placed fifth in their Group 2, just a rung above Scotland. Yes, even Namibia are ahead of India having won a game.
So how can India beat all odds to miraculously make the knockouts? Well, the road ahead is a tough one.
Besides beating Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan by big margins, India would hope for one of these three teams to upset New Zealand, of which Afghanistan look the most likely candidate.
They came close to beating Pakistan and India would hope they could pull off a win against the team that has haunted them in ICC events since 2007. Earlier on Wednesday, New Zealand defeated Scotland by 16 runs.
In that case, the net run rate will come into the equation and the team with a better NRR will advance. Why, you ask? Because India’s loss to Pakistan by 10 wickets with 10 balls to spare and defeat to New Zealand by 8 wickets inside 15 overs has dented their NRR heavily as it currently stands at -1.609.
After winning against Afghanistan, India now have a positive net run rate of 0.073. For Virat and team to qualify, New Zealand need to drop points in one of their remaining two matches, either Afghanistan or Namibia, which is unlikely considering their current form. However, a narrow 16-run win against Scotland states otherwise.
New Zealand’s stands at +0.816.
Afghanistan have a net run rate of +1.481.
India’s run rate +0.073.
The current scenario states that if India do end up winning the remaining two games and New Zealand beat Namibia but lose to Afghanistan, there could be a three-way tie at 6 points. Then the net run rate will decide which team will go through.
New Zealand’s fate is in their hands, on the other hand, the Indian team is pinning hope on others’ performances as well in order to book a semi-final berth.
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