T20 World Cup 2024: Who will Qualify from Group 1?

T20 World Cup 2024: Who will Qualify from Group 1?

Who will Qualify from Group 1? The Super 8 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has come alive in Group 1, with all four teams – India, Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh – still in contention for the semi-finals.

Who will Qualify from Group 1?

India Takes Control with Dominant Win

India secured the top spot in the group after a convincing 50-run victory over Bangladesh. Their batting lineup, featuring powerhouses like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Rishabh Pant, displayed aggressive intent, propelling them to a daunting total of 196 runs. Hardik Pandya’s blistering 50 off just 27 balls further cemented India’s dominance. The bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, restricted Bangladesh to a manageable 146 runs, securing a comfortable win.

Afghanistan Stuns Australia in a Thrilling Encounter

All eyes then turned to St. Vincent, where Afghanistan pulled off a sensational upset against Australia in a nail-biting match. After opting to bowl first, Australia found themselves in trouble as Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran stitched together a solid 118-run opening partnership. However, a mini-collapse triggered by Gurbaz’s dismissal saw Afghanistan lose wickets at regular intervals. Pat Cummins bagged a historic hat-trick during this phase, briefly turning the tide in Australia’s favor.

Despite a valiant 59 from Glenn Maxwell, Australia’s batting faltered, and they were eventually bundled out for 127 runs. Gulbadin Naib’s impressive four-wicket haul for just 20 runs proved decisive for Afghanistan, who secured a famous victory.

Remaining Fixtures and Qualification Scenarios

  • India vs. Australia (June 24, St. Lucia): A win for India guarantees their place in the semi-finals. Even a loss wouldn’t necessarily knock them out, as long as the margin isn’t significant. Their strong net run rate of 2.43 provides a buffer. However, a heavy defeat could open the door for Australia and Afghanistan to qualify ahead of them on net run rate.
  • Australia vs. Afghanistan (June 24, St. Lucia): Australia needs a win against India and some help from Bangladesh (a win over Afghanistan) to reach the semi-finals. Their current net run rate of 0.223 puts them in a precarious position.
  • Afghanistan vs. Bangladesh (June 25, St. Vincent): Afghanistan’s dream run continues! They need to defeat Bangladesh and hope for a win from India against Australia to qualify. A loss to Bangladesh would require a massive Indian victory over Australia and a significant improvement in their own net run rate (-0.65) to progress.
  • Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan (June 25, St. Vincent): Bangladesh’s qualification chances are slim due to their poor net run rate (-2.4). However, mathematically, they remain in the hunt. An improbable scenario involving a massive win over Afghanistan and a dominant Indian victory against Australia could see them sneak into the next round.

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With all teams still in the race, Group 1 promises an exciting climax to the Super 8 stage. The upcoming matches will be crucial in determining who advances to the semi-finals and keeps their World Cup dream alive.


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