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T20 World Cup 2024 Semi-Final Scenarios for Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh

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India’s Dominance and Group Standings

India became the first team from Group 1 to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2024. They achieved this by defeating Mitchell Marsh-led Australia by 24 runs on Monday. However, the race is still on for the remaining three teams in the group. The current standings are as follows:

  • India: 6 points, 3 games, NRR +2.017
  • Australia: 2 points, 3 games, NRR -0.331
  • Afghanistan: 2 points, 2 matches, NRR -0.650
  • Bangladesh: 0 points, 2 matches, NRR -2.489

Qualification Scenarios

Afghanistan’s Path to the Semis

Afghanistan can secure a spot in the semi-finals with a win over Bangladesh. This victory would take them to 4 points, making them the second team from Group 1 to advance to the last four stages.

Australia’s Chances

Australia can enter the semi-finals under specific conditions. They need Afghanistan to lose to Bangladesh by a margin of less than 61 runs (assuming a first innings total of 160) or if Bangladesh takes more than 13 overs to chase the target.

Bangladesh’s Slim Hope

Bangladesh has a challenging path. They must defeat Afghanistan by a large margin. Specifically, they need to win by 61 runs if they score 160 or chase down the target within 13 overs to improve their net run rate significantly.

Recap of India’s Victory Over Australia

On Monday, India showcased their dominance, led by skipper Rohit Sharma’s explosive performance. Rohit scored a scintillating 92 off 41 balls, propelling India to a formidable 205 for five. His innings included eight sixes and seven fours, setting the stage for India’s commanding win.

India’s Batting Highlights

Despite the early dismissal of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma took charge, particularly targeting Australia’s pacer Mitchell Starc. In one over, Rohit smashed Starc for 29 runs, establishing a strong foundation for India. Although Starc later managed to dismiss Rohit, the damage was already done.

Suryakumar Yadav contributed with a quick 31 off 16 balls, and Shivam Dube added 28 off 22. Hardik Pandya finished the innings with a brisk 27 off 17 balls, ensuring India reached an imposing total.

Australia’s Response

In response, Australia managed 181 for seven in their 20 overs. Travis Head top-scored with 76 off 43 balls, but it wasn’t enough to chase down the target. India’s bowlers, particularly Kuldeep Yadav and Arshdeep Singh, played crucial roles in containing Australia’s batsmen.

Kuldeep Yadav’s economical spell of 2/24 in the middle overs and Arshdeep Singh’s 3/37 were instrumental in securing India’s victory.

Looking Ahead

The semi-final race in Group 1 remains open for Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Each team has specific scenarios and margins to meet if they are to advance. Fans can expect intense matches as these teams vie for the remaining spot in the semi-finals.