The T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12 is currently in its final stretch. New Zealand became the first team in the tournament to qualify for the semifinals when they beat Ireland by 35 runs on Friday, November 4. While the Kiwis have qualified from Group 1, both Australia and England are still in contention to advance to the next round, depending on the result on November 5.
England will be facing Asia Cup 2022 winners Sri Lanka in their final Super 12 match on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. If England manages to churn out a victory, they will be joining New Zealand in the semifinals, however, in case they lose, hosts Australia will go through to the next round. But, how does it affect the Group 2 teams? Let’s find out.
All teams in Group 2 have played four matches, meaning only one game is left for each participating team to play. India leads the pack in Group 2 with six points, followed by South Africa in the second spot with five points. However, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who are occupying the third and fourth spots respectively, are also in contention to qualify for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022.
Pakistan currently has four points from as many matches, winning and losing two each. On the other hand, Bangladesh also has the same record. All of India, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be in action on Sunday, November 6, and the outcome will decide who will be going through to the next round.
India will be facing Zimbabwe at Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Men in Blue will need to win the game by any means. If India loses, while South Africa and any of Pakistan/Bangladesh win, then South Africa will have seven points while the other team will have equal points (6) with India. In that case, South Africa, along with the team with the superior net run rate among India and Pakistan/Bangladesh will advance to the next round.
India currently has a +0.730 net run rate, compared to that Pakistan’s +1.117 and Bangladesh’s -1.276. As it stands, Pakistan has the superior net run rate compared to India and in case the Men in Blue loses while their arch-rivals beat Bangladesh, it will be Pakistan who will qualify.
Whichever team ends at the top of Group 2, will face the Group 1 runner-up, meaning they will play either England/Australia. On the other hand, the team which finishes as the runner-up in Group 2, will face New Zealand, the Group 1 leader in the semifinal.