Hyderabad: With favourites India suffering a 10-wicket hammering at the hands of Pakistan, their first ever in a World Cup, in their first match of the ongoing T20 World Cup, all eyes are on Virat Kohli and Co’s next match against New Zealand on Sunday.
Arch-rivals Pakistan handing drubbings to India, New Zealand and Afghanistan, the Babar Azam-led side are at the top of the group and more or less assured of a place in semifinals, given that they will face Namibia and Scotland in their next encounters.
Only two teams progressing from two groups, the winner of this match on Sunday have a bright prospect of advancing into the semifinals along with Pakistan.
For India to qualify, India have to win their four remaining matches, including against New Zealand on Sunday. Their four wins will give India 8 points and will qualify for semis as the runner-up to Pakistan, provided they win against minnows Namibia and Scotland.
If India lose to New Zealand on Sunday, the situation becomes tough for India. New Zealand will be up against weaker teams like Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland in their next encounters and by beating them, New Zealand will have 8 points and they will make it semis
If Afghanistan can cause an upset and beat India, the situation becomes complex bringing the net run rate into the account. With Afghanistan winning against Namibia and Scotland already, a win against India will put them on 6 points and their fate depends on their encounter against New Zealand on Nov 3. A win over New Zealand will see them through to semis.
And if India lose to New Zealand and manage to beat Afghanistan, India will have six points with wins over Namibia and Scotland. Afghanistan, if manage to win against New Zealand, will also have six points and it will boil down to net run rate.
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