Afghanistan’s victory increases India’s tension; On the verge of the semi-finals, can India turn back?

Afghanistan's Upset Adds Drama to T20 World Cup Semi-Final Race

Afghanistan’s Upset Adds Drama to T20 World Cup Semi-Final Race

Afghanistan registered a shocking result in the Super 8 group of the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday. Their win over former champions Australia has made the race for the semi-finals in Group 1 even more interesting. Yesterday, India beat Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals, and their place was considered a certainty. But, Afghanistan’s victory has now changed the equation and now the India vs Australia match has gained a lot of importance.

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Group 1 Semi-Final Scenarios-

Group 1 Current StatusIndian (2.425) team is in the top position with 4 points after 2 wins. Australia and Afghanistan have 2 points each, but Australia leads with a net run rate of 0.223, while Afghanistan has a net run rate of -0.650. The match between India and Australia is crucial for both teams. If India wins this match, their entry into the semi-finals will be confirmed. But, if Australia wins, they will also get 4 points. Afghanistan’s last league match is against Bangladesh and if they win they will also get 4 points. Net run rate will be important in such a situation.

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The Indian team’s net run rate is formidable and Australia and Afghanistan will need to win their respective league rounds by a total of over 123 runs to send them out of the semi-final race. E.g. If Australia beats India by 31 runs, Afghanistan will have to beat Bangladesh by 93 runs

Afghanistan’s Triumph and Key Performances

Despite a strong 118-run partnership between Rahmanullah Gurbaz (60) and Ibrahim Zadran (51), Afghanistan managed to post only 148 for 6 in their 20 overs. Pat Cummins achieved his second consecutive hat-trick, and Adam Zampa’s figures of 2-28 were pivotal in the middle overs. Although Australia seemed on course to chase the 149-run target, Naveen-ul-Haq struck early blows. The pair of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis looked to rebuild, but captain Rashid Khan’s strategic decision to bowl Gulbadin Naib turned the game. Gulbadin took 4 wickets for 20 runs, while Naveen claimed 3 wickets for 20 runs, leading to Australia being bowled out for 127 runs in 19.2 overs. Afghanistan earned 2 crucial points with this victory.

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