Sunday’s T20 World Cup 2022 Group 2 encounter in Perth saw Temba Bavuma’s South Africa defeat Rohit Sharma’s Team India by a shocking margin of five wickets (October 30). South Africa has surpassed India into first place in Group 2 with five points thanks to the victory on Sunday. Only the top two teams from each group advance to the semifinal rounds.
Despite the defeat, India is still in the second position with four points, tied with Bangladesh in third following their exciting victory against Zimbabwe earlier in the day. India leads the two teams by a margin of +0.844 net run rate, but Wednesday’s match between India and Bangladesh suddenly seems much more important.
Zimbabwe had a chance after their incredible victory over Pakistan, but after their shocking defeat to Bangladesh, it would require extraordinary efforts for them to finish in the top two. South Africa is now the overwhelming favorite to advance from the group after defeating Bangladesh by 104 runs, giving them a Net RR of +2.772.
Bangladesh vs India on November 2
This particular fixture has the power to completely alter Group 2. With just one game remaining, a victory for Bangladesh would give them a two-point lead over India in the group, perhaps allowing Bangladesh to steal India’s semifinal position in the last round of games. India will have a strong chance of making the semi-finals if they prevail over Zimbabwe in Sunday’s fifth and final group encounter.
India’s defeat affected Pakistan
Pakistan has to do something extraordinary to go to the semifinals after suffering two defeats, both of which came on the last ball of games against India and Zimbabwe. Additionally, India’s loss against South Africa has dealt further damage to their prospects, making it more difficult for Babar Azam’s team to qualify.
Pakistan will earn six points if they defeat South Africa on November 3 and Bangladesh on November 6. However, Pakistan has little control over the situation and it is becoming less probable that six points would be sufficient.
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