Monday, 28 November, 2022

Group 2 still open for four teams

Both the semifinalists from Group 2 will be decided on the final match day on Sunday after Pakistan beat South Africa by 33 runs in the D/L Method during their penultimate ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 match in Sydney on Thursday.

It means Bangladesh still have an outside chance to qualify for the last four but in reality, it is a hard nut to crack situation for the Tigers.

India are currently leading Group 2 with six points from four games and they will face Zimbabwe in their last game in Melbourne.

If India can beat Zimbabwe, which is quite likely, they will obviously finish the Super 12 stage as Group 2 champions and will face Group A runners-up in the first semifinal at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 9.

South Africa, who are currently in the second position with five points despite their defeat against Pakistan, will face Netherlands in their last match at Adelaide Oval and they will be clear favourites to win the game and progress to the next stage as Group 2 runners-up.

The second semifinal will be held at the same venue on November 10. However, if Australia qualify for the semifinal from Group 1, their match will be played in Sydney with the other played in Adelaide.

Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in their last group match and it will be held after the game between South Africa and Netherlands.

The Tigers need to beat Pakistan by a big margin in order to better their net run rate which is currently in minus (-1.276) and also hope that either India or South Africa lose their last group matches.

Bangladesh will desperately want a Protea defeat against Netherlands as it will allow them to finish as group runners-up if they are able to beat Pakistan in their last game.  

Both Zimbabwe and Netherlands are already out of the tournament after they could only earn three and two points respectively so far from their four matches.