Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India started their T20 World Cup campaign after two contrasting victories again arch-rivals Pakistan and minnow Netherlands. With two victories in two games, it seemed that India were guaranteed a passage through the semifinals. However, the Men in Blue had a reality check when they lost to South Africa in their next close encounter.

India’s latest adventure in Australia may come to an end after their meeting against Bangladesh in Adelaide on November 2. Men in Blue’s place in the last four of the mega event is under a threat given the circumstances that if it rains in Adelaide on Wednesday. If the match against Bangladesh gets washed out then both India and Bangladesh’s spot in the next round may come into jeopardy.

If rain interrupts the game, fans will hope that they get to see at least a match less than 20 overs. If the all-important clash gets washed out then both teams will share the points.

The Men in Blue India have currently four points in their kitty as they trail table-toppers South Africa who have five points. Bangladesh are currently placed third in the group with four points. They have a slightly lower net run rate than India.

If the clash in Adelaide gets washed out, both India and Bangladesh will earn a point each, and the top three teams in Group B will all have five points each. South Africa will next lock horns with Pakistan. Then the qualification scenario will depend on how India, South Africa and Bangladesh fare in their final group match.

India will face Zimbabwe in their next match. On the other hand, Bangladesh face a tougher opponent Pakistan. South Africa’s final group match is against the Netherlands. Fans can expect Men in Blue to beat Zimbabwe. However, they will be hoping that it doesn’t go that far and India should confirm their progress into the last four today itself.