June 1, 2023

T20 World Cup 2022: How can Pakistan and Bangladesh still qualify for semi finals

T20 World Cup 2022: How can Pakistan and Bangladesh still qualify for semi finals

With a win over Bangladesh, India will now fancy their chances of a semi final berth in the ongoing T20 world cup. The men in blue won their inaugural world cup encounter against Pakistan by 4 runs which went down to the wire. The Rohit Sharma led team then pipped Netherlands in a one sided encounter to pile up 4 points on the board. They next lost to a resurgent South African team which was always going to be tough for India on a bouncy Perth wicket which would always favour the tall lancy Proteas pacer. Now a win over Bangladesh sees India on the top of the ladder in Group B and something unusual can only derail their chances of a semi final berth.

However, India winning the game against Bangladesh trims down Pakistan’s chances of a semi final berth and they will be relying on other teams to get them through. Here is explaining all the scenarios on how Pakistan can qualify for the semi finals-

  1. Pakistan need to win against South Africa and Bangladesh
  2. South Africa gets just one point in two remaining games. That means the Proteas need to lose both the games or lose one and one washed away game for Pakistan to progress if they win their remaining two matches.
  3. Pakistan’s superior NRR, which is currently 0.765, means they can also move past India if India lose to Zimbabwe. For instance, even if Pakistan score 160 runs and win by just one run in each of their last two matches, they will finish ahead of India if Zimbabwe beat them by eight or more runs (after scoring 160). However, if India manage even one point from their last game, they will move beyond Pakistan’s reach with 7 points. A rain washed out match will guarantee a single point to India.
Bangladesh’s chances-
  1. Bangladesh need to win their last match, and then hope that South Africa get no more than one point from their two remaining games. In that case, both Bangladesh and South Africa will be level on six points, but Bangladesh will finish ahead despite a poorer NRR because they will have three wins compared to South Africa’s two. Means South Africa need to lose two matches against Pakistan and Netherlands or lose one and one washed out game.
  2. Hope India loses to Zimbabwe by 150 runs and they defeat Pakistan by 150 runs to surpass the net run rate of Pakistan and progress.


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