Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Afghanistan have scripted a stunning victory against formidable Australia in the Super 8 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

Now India stand at the top of the table with two wins from two games. They also have a superior net run rate (NRR) of +2.425. Australia, despite their defeat against Afghanistan, stand second in the table with a win from two games. Afghanistan, too, have scripted a similar run. However, they stand third due to an inferior NRR compared to the Aussies. Bangladesh remain at the bottom of the table with two losses in two matches.

India are all but certain to make the T20 World Cup semifinal for the second time in a row due to their superior run rate. Even a no result could see India go through to the penultimate round of the tournament. A loss against Australia in Gros Islet on Monday too is unlikely to affect their chances unless they secured a mighty win to counter the NRR factor and Afghanistan topple the number as well during their win against Bangladesh.

The Men in Blue can only miss out on a top four spot if Australia and Afghanistan win their final matches by a margin of more than 120 runs.

Meanwhile, Australia have found themselves in a must-win game against the Men in Blue on Monday after the loss against Afghanistan. To guarantee their position in the semifinals, Australia have to secure a convincing win against India and then expect Afghanistan to lose against Bangladesh.

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