The T20 World Cup gets off to a feisty and fascinating start, with India and Pakistan playing a nail-biter on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In a last-ball drama, Rohit Sharma and company triumphed, as India won by four wickets.
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Virat Kohli was the hero of the show, scoring an unbeaten 82 runs off 53 balls. India currently has two points as a result of this victory.
On Monday, two additional Group 2 matches were played: Bangladesh vs. the Netherlands and South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, both at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Bangladesh defeated the Netherlands, while South Africa and Zimbabwe were forced to cancel their match owing to the weather in T20 World Cup.
With the cancellation of the match between Zimbabwe and South Africa, Group 2 has become extremely competitive, and the race for the semi-finals appears to be going down to the wire.
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Bangladesh and India both have two points, but Shakib al Hasan’s team is first and India is second. Bangladesh leads the way due to a higher net run rate. South Africa and Zimbabwe are third and fourth with one point apiece, while Pakistan and the Netherlands are last and last of T20 World Cup.
If India wins all of their remaining matches, they will have accumulated 10 points and will be guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals. Pakistan currently has a maximum of eight points, while South Africa has a maximum of nine points. As a result, the Pakistan-South Africa tie is one of the most crucial fights in this group.
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Bangladesh can also achieve 10 points, but given their performance in the shortest format over the previous year, it is doubtful that they will overcome India, Pakistan, and South Africa.
India will now face South Africa on October 30, while Pakistan will face South Africa on November 3. If India defeats the Proteas, they will most likely finish first in Group B and go to the semi-finals.
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Pakistan and South Africa are the two sides that cannot afford to make any mistakes in the Super 12 stage of T20 World Cup. However, Bangladesh cannot be ruled out of Group 2.