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Afghanistan’s qualification scenario for the semi-finals of the ICC’s T20 World Cup 2024


Understanding How Afghanistan Can Reach the Semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

The Saturday night in St. Vincent’s Arnos Vale Stadium is going to go down as the best one in the history of Afghanistan Cricket as the Rashid Khan-led team recorded one of their most important and famous victory against 2021 winners Australia for the first time ever in international cricket.

This match against the Afghans was not expected to be an easy win for the Aussies because of the slow nature of Arnos Vale’s surface. But the Asian side scripted a huge upset by defeating the Mitchell Marsh-led team, which before this game had finished on the victorious side in all of their matches.

Afghanistan’s victory over the Kangaroos has opened up the semi-final race in Group 1 of the Super 8, and the Rashid Khan-led team are alive in the race of qualifying for the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. This is really good news for the Afghan fans but not for the Aussie fans as they the 2021 champions will have to win at any cost in their upcoming game against India on Monday.

Rohit Sharma and his men are sitting comfortably at the top of the overall standings with them securing easy wins over Asian rivals Afghanistan (by a margin of 47 runs) and Bangladesh (by a margin of 50 runs).  They have a really healthy Net Run Rate (NRR) of +2.425 as well and they just need to secure a win or avoid a big margin defeat against the Aussies in their upcoming match in order to secure their qualification for the semi-finals.

The Australins are ranked second in Group one with two points next to their name in two encounters with a net run rate (NRR) of +0.223, and they are followed by the Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan, who also have the same number of points as the Aussies in the same number of encounters, but their net run rate (NRR) of -0.650 is worse than the Australians. Lastly, Bangladesh are sitting at the bottom of Group 1 with zero points in two encounters and are officially eliminated from the race for the semi-finals.

The remaining Group One encounters are India vs Australia and Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, and both of these matches will be played on 24th and 25th June respectively.

Afghanistan’s qualification scenario

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Afghanistan vs Australia | Pic: X(Afghanistan Cricket Board)

If the Australians lose against the Indian Cricket Team, then Rashid Khan and his men will just have to secure a win against Bangladesh to secure their semi-final qualification. However, if the Aussies end up winning against the Men in Blue, then the Afghans will get an idea about the necessary margin they would require to secure a victory against the Najmul Shanto Hossain-led team to go ahead of Australia or India on the basis of net run rate.

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Aryan, cricket lover, writes on ICC Cricket Schedule. His articles cover cricket news, match analysis, and fantasy cricket tips, entertaining and informing fans.

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