T20 World Cup: Where does Pakistan’s semi-final chances stand after India’s loss to South Africa

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T20 World Cup: Where does Pakistan’s semi-final chances stand after India’s loss to South Africa

The one that was to mainly define prospects for the knockout phase, failed to go their way as India relinquished their top rank after suffering their first setback in the competition, against South Africa, by 5 wickets in t20 Perth.

So where does Pakistan’s t20 semi-final hopes currently stand following India’s defeat?

Sunday was a huge day for Pakistan.

Three matches from the Group 2 matchups were stated to decide their prospects for the semi-final round in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Losses against India and subsequently to Zimbabwe have left much of Pakistan’s prospects on how other opponents in the group perform.

For bulk of Sunday, Pakistan supporters were thrilled.

Bangladesh secured the thriller against Zimbabwe after a final-over drama while the Babar Azam-led team eventually opened their account in the competition with a victory over Netherlands. However, the one that was to mainly define prospects for the knockout phase, failed to go their way as India relinquished their top rank after suffering their first loss in the competition, to South Africa, by 5 wickets in Perth.

So where does Pakistan’s semi-final hopes currently stand following India’s defeat?

In Group 2, India were in the driver’s seat and was just a victory away from ensuring themselves a semi-final position.

However, South Africa startled the Men in Blue when they claimed the top place in the league with the victory in Perth and now seem obvious favourites to end the group as toppers.

India and Bangladesh lie next on the standings, respectively, separated only by their net run rate. The NRR of +0.844 does give India the advantage but also makes the forthcoming Wednesday encounter between India and Bangladesh all the more vital.

Can Pakistan still reach the T20 World Cup semis following India’s loss?

Needless to say, they do need to win their remaining two matches – against South Africa on 3 November and Bangladesh on 6 November – which will enable them to finish with a maximum of six points.

However, with India game not going their way, six points won’t be enough for Pakistan. Their ambitions have lately increasingly been dependant upon causes.

Their victory over Proteas won’t enable them to capture the top place in the standings and they also need to win their remaining two matches by significant margins to have a chance in terms of NRR if it comes down to fight between teams with six points.