World T20: West Indies Seal Spot in Semis, India and Australia To Fight it Out for Other Spot

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West Indies sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 with a three-wicket win over South Africa in Nagpur.

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Highlights

West Indies became the second team after New Zealand to reach the semi-final of the ICC World T20. Their victory over South Africa has meant that the other teams in the group, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be fighting it out for the remaining spot. Here are the qualifying scenarios for each group. (Australia, India Match a Virtual Knock-Out For Semi-Final)

Group 1 Qualifying Scenarios

West Indies (P – 3, W – 3, Points – 6)
Matches to be played: Afghanistan (March 27)

With their three-wicket win over South Africa, West Indies have sealed their place in the semi-finals. They will be aiming to win against Afghanistan and head into the semi-final in Mumbai high on confidence.

England (P – 3, W – 2, Points – 4)
Matches to be played: Sri Lanka (March 26)

With West Indies’ win, the task is simple for England. They must win their last league game against Sri Lanka in order to seal their spot in the semis. However, if they lose to Sri Lanka, they must hope that South Africa defeats Sri Lanka by a big margin in the final league game in Delhi on Monday.

South Africa (P – 3, W – 1, Points – 2)
Matches to be played: Sri Lanka (March 28)

South Africa’s loss to West Indies has made their path to the semi-finals a lot harder. For them to qualify, they must hope for other results to go their way. They must defeat Sri Lanka by a big margin and hope Sri Lanka defeats England by a small margin in order to seal their spot

Sri Lanka (P – 2, W – 1, Points -2)
Matches to be played: England (March 26), South Africa (March 28)

West Indies’ victory means that the task for Sri Lanka is simple. They must win both their games against England and South Africa in order to qualify. If they lose to England, they will be eliminated. If they win against England but lose to South Africa, they must ensure that they do not lose by a big margin in both games.

Afghanistan (P – 3, W – 0, Points – 0)
Matches to be played: West Indies (March 27)

Afghanistan’s loss to England means they are eliminated from the competition. They will be hoping to spoil West Indies’ party in their last league game if they are to go out of the tournament on a high

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James Faulkner’s 5/27 helped Australia defeat Pakistan by 21 runs to set up a virtual knock-out against India.

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Group 2 Qualifying Scenarios

Australia defeated Pakistan by 21 runs to knock them out of the World Cup. With this win, their next clash against India will be a virtual knockout and the winner of that match goes through to the semi-finals to join New Zealand.

New Zealand (P – 3, W – 3, Points – 6)
Matches to be played: Bangladesh (March 26)

New Zealand have become the first team to seal their spot in the knock-out games thanks to their 22-run win over Pakistan. They will be hoping to finish with a win against Bangladesh in order to seal the top spot in the group.

Australia (P – 3, W – 2, Points – 4)
Matches to be played: India (March 27)

With Australia’s 21-run win over Pakistan in Mohali, they have taken one step closer to the semi-finals. However, their next match against India on Sunday is a virtual knock-out. A win puts them in the semi-finals while a loss dumps them out of the tournament.

India (P – 3, W – 2, Points – 4)
Matches to be played: Australia (March 27)

With Pakistan’s loss to Australia, the equation is simple. They must win against Australia in Mohali to join New Zealand in the semi-finals. A loss will see them bow out of the tournament.

Pakistan (P – 4, W – 1, Points – 2)

Pakistan’s 21-run loss to Australia means they are eliminated from the World Cup.

Bangladesh (P – 3, W – 0, Points – 0)
Matches to be played: New Zealand (March 26)

Bangladesh’s narrow loss to India means they are eliminated out of the tournament. They will be looking to spoil New Zealand’s party by denying them a top spot finish. If they beat New Zealand by a big margin and either of India or Australia win their last league game, then Bangladesh can demote New Zealand to the second spot.


Source: NDTV

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