The World Cup 2022 Group 2 qualification permutation is starting to take shape as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 rapidly approaches its knockout phase.
Pakistan registered a comprehensive victory over South Africa in Sydney in their previous match and kept themselves in the race for a place in the semi-finals. The result also ensures that it is to play in the final round of Group 2 games. We take a look at the state of the game.
India’s narrow and nail-biting win over Bangladesh has sent them at the top of the table with six points from four matches and will now top the group if they must beat Zimbabwe in their final match. On the other hand, if they lose to Zimbabwe in their last match, they can still be caught.
South Africa had a chance to officially confirm their place in the top two with a win over Pakistan on Thursday, but they fell well short of the DLS goal and won their final game against the Netherlands to seal a semi-final berth. Will happen.
However, if the Netherlands were to make a reversal, it would open the doors for either Pakistan or Bangladesh, who face each other in the second game on Sunday, to win and book a spot in the last four.
Pakistan’s presence in the World Cup 2022 semi-finals will likely depend on other results
The chances of Pakistan’s appearance in the semi-finals will depend on other results. If Netherlands or Zimbabwe register a win against South Africa or India respectively, Babar Azam will have a chance. But first they have to win their game against Bangladesh.
If the Netherlands beat the Proteas, a win over Bangladesh would push Pakistan to six points ahead of South Africa, while Bavuma’s men remain at five. If Zimbabwe beat India, Pakistan could be on points level with India. Given that both the teams will have the same number of wins, the deciding factor will be the net run rate, where Pakistan (+1.117) is currently leading over India (+0.730).
Missed chance for Zimbabwe.
The Netherlands’ victory over Zimbabwe on Wednesday effectively took them out of chances of finishing in the top two.
If Sikandar Raza had propelled his team to victory over the Dutch – and he had done his best with limited assists – Zimbabwe could have had a chance to spring one of the biggest surprises in tournament history.
Remaining Group 2 Schedule.
6 November: South Africa v Netherlands, Adelaide Oval
6 November: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Adelaide Oval
6 November: Zimbabwe v India, MCG, Melbourne
Live Points Stats of Group 1 & Group 2.