T20 World Cup Semi-final: India's double blow on Australia; Now not only Afghanistan, Bangladesh can also be eliminated

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. India has made it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup by defeating Australia in a thrilling match. Now it will face England on June 27. The defeat against India has broken Australia's back. Australia, which reached the Super-8 by winning all its four matches in the group stage, is now waiting for Bangladesh's victory like a Chatak bird in the hope of making it to the semi-finals. The interesting thing is that Bangladesh's victory can also prove to be a double-edged sword for Australia. Let's know how-

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T20 World Cup 2024 is now in its final stage. There are only 4 matches left in the tournament now. Apart from the semi-finals and the final, there is also a Super-8 match. This Super-8 match will decide whether Australia, Afghanistan or Bangladesh will go to the semi-finals. This match is to be held today on 25 June from 6 am.

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India's victory opens the way for Bangladesh
Australia will also keep an eye on this match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The reason is that India has reached the semi-finals from Group-1 of Super-8. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Australia are in the race for the second semi-finalist team from this group. India has the highest number of 6 points in the group.
Australia and Afghanistan have 2-2 points. Bangladesh has not opened its account yet, but it is also in the race for the semi-finals. India's victory has brought a ray of hope for Bangladesh as well.

The easiest route to Afghanistan
Afghanistan seems to have the easiest way to reach the semi-finals. It currently has 2 points. If it defeats Bangladesh, it will have 4 points. This will take it straight to the semi-finals. There will be no problem of anything like net run rate.

Bangladesh can do Australia's job
The Bangladesh team has not been in form throughout the tournament. Therefore, its fans cannot have much expectations from it. But Australia will hope that the Bangladesh team defeats Afghanistan. If Bangladesh wins by a margin of 60 runs or less, it will get 2 points, but it will be behind Australia in net run rate. If this happens, the Australian team will reach the semi-finals.

This is how Bangladesh can whitewash Australia
If Bangladesh beats Afghanistan by 62 runs, it will overtake Australia to become the number-2 team in the group. A big win (62 runs or more) will mean that Bangladesh's net run rate will be better than Australia. If Bangladesh bats second and gets a target of around 160 runs, it will have to win in 12.5 overs. Currently Australia's net run rate is -0.331. Afghanistan's net run rate is -0.650 and Bangladesh's is -2.489.

Afghanistan benefits from rain
If the match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan is cancelled due to rain, Australia will suffer a direct loss. If the match is cancelled, the points will be divided between the two teams. Afghanistan will get three points. This will qualify them for the semi-finals.

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