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Here’s how India can still be disqualified from T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final race despite having 4 points


T20 World Cup 2024: Afghanistan beat Australia by 21 runs in match no. 48 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 on Saturday at Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown. Before this game, India thrashed Bangladesh in match no. 47 by 50 runs to get two more points on the table. The Indian team are at the top of the points table with four points now. They are almost through the semi-final.

India have four points and a NRR of +2.425. Meanwhile, Afghanistan and Australia have two points each. Two games are pending in Group 1, India are almost through, and either Afghanistan or Australia will make it to the semi-finals. But despite having four points on the board, India have still not confirmed a place in the semi-final. So, can India be knocked out? Well, mathematically, it is possible.

T20 World Cup 2024: Team India need to beat Australia to qualify for semi-final

India are almost certain of making it to the semi-final. They will play their last Super 8 game on Monday against Australia at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. That will be an important match for both teams. If India win this game, they will finish at the top of the table and make it through the semis of the T20 World Cup 2024.

But if they lose, there will be a slim chance of elimination. India’s elimination depends on a few results. Let’s suppose India lose their last game against Australia. Then they will end up with four points. And Australia will also have four points. On the other hand, if Afghanistan win their last game against Bangladesh, they will get two more points.

Then, there will be three teams with four points each on the board. Then, the NRR will come into play. Now the chances of India eliminating are very low. But if Australia beat India by a big margin, it will also decrease the NRR of the Indian team. On the other hand, Australia’s NRR will improve.

Then, if Afghanistan register a big win over Bangladesh, then their NRR will also improve. It will leave the Indian team with the worst NRR among the three teams, and they will be eliminated. Well, it might be impossible from here on, but this T20 World Cup 2024 has been a tournament of unexpected things. And we can’t write off any results.

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Karan Rawat
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