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20-20 World Cup: Here’s how India can qualify for the semi-finals

By BetBarter Staff

November 1, 2021

India put on a shambolic display against New Zealand and suffered an eight-wicket thrashing on Sunday (October 31) at the Dubai International Stadium in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. Nothing went right for skipper Virat Kohli as it was New Zealand all along the way. Cricketer-turned-expert Mark Nicholas had earlier spoken about the Blackcaps not being intimidated by the prospect of facing a strong and quality side like India.

Nicholas was spot in with his assessment as the Kane Williamson-led team was disciplined with their bowling and clinical in a modest run-chase of just 111. This defeat for the Kohli-led team is second in the row which has now put a serious dent on India's chances of advancing to the next stage. The net run-rate is not good either, as it reads a poor -1.609. 

 There is only a remote possibility of India making it to the semifinals but the team needs to win all their remaining games against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia on November 3, 5, and 8, respectively. Not only wins, but it should also be by big margins, which will help improve the net run-rate.

India will also have to hope that New Zealand suffers a loss against Afghanistan, if not against Scotland and Namibia. More the losses, the better for India. For Williamson and his troops, the equation is quite simple as they need to win one of the remaining three games to go through to the semis. The Blackcaps though should be wary of Afghanistan, who are placed second on Group B with four points. The team ran Pakistan close and also brushed off weaker sides like Scotland and Namibia.

The Mohammad Nabi-led team too can qualify for the next round if they manage to beat either India or New Zealand. Pakistan leads the group with six points. The team has beaten top teams like India and New Zealand and will now face weak teams in Namibia and Scotland.