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Current Situation in Group 2: Does Pakistan suffer the most from India’s loss?

Current Situation in Group 2: Does Pakistan suffer the most from India’s loss?

The Group 2 qualifying stakes are starting to take shape after three sets of games, with South Africa leading and Pakistan still having a lot of problems.

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However, there is still much to play for as the sides compete for a place in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semi-finals in 2022. We look at the current situation as it stands:

Who has the best chance of making it to the semi-finals?

Due to their victory over India, South Africa now leads the group with five points. India and Bangladesh, both on four points, are closely following them.

India has the advantage between the two teams with a net run rate of +0.844, but Wednesday’s matchup between India and Bangladesh now seems much more important.

Zimbabwe had a chance after their incredible victory over Pakistan, but after their shocking defeat to Bangladesh, it will 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.

What about Pakistan’s future is uncertain

Pakistan needs 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 to South Africa has dealt further damage to their prospects, making it more difficult for Babar Azam’s team to qualify.

Pakistan will have six points if they defeat South Africa on November 3 and Bangladesh on November 6.

Although not mathematically impossible, Pakistan is utterly out of its control, and it is appearing less and less probable that six points will be sufficient.

Due to South Africa’s victory on Sunday, Pakistan will not be able to overtake them even if they defeat the Proteas in their upcoming encounter.

A large margin of victory in at least one of the remaining games wouldn’t hurt because the net run rate could still play a role.

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Important Upcoming Games

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.

South Africa vs. Pakistan on November 3.

Pakistan’s match against South Africa in Sydney could be crucial for both teams, depending on the outcomes of the matches that came before them. Even without the possibility of qualification being on the line, it’s a significant matchup between two of the best teams in the world.

Rest of the Group 2 Fixtures

  • Netherlands vs. Zimbabwe on November 2 at Adelaide Oval
  • India vs. Bangladesh on November 2 at Adelaide Oval.
  • South Africa against. Pakistan on November 3 at SCG in Sydney
  • Netherlands vs. South Africa on November 6 at Adelaide Oval
  • Bangladesh vs. Pakistan on November 6 at Adelaide Oval.
  • On November 6, Zimbabwe will play India at Melbourne’s MCG.