T20 World Cup | 07th November 2021 | Virtual Wire
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Yes, you read it right, the Men In Blues can still qualify for the semi-finals, Here's how. After witnessing 10 wickets humiliating defeat against arch-rival Pakistan followed by 8 wickets defeat against New Zealand, India stands on the verge of an early exit from the tournament.
The two consecutive losses have not just immensely narrowed the chances for Men In Blues to qualify for semi-finals but have also landed the fans into great disappointment. Fans are convinced to believe that the chances of India qualifying for semi-final are all over, but actually they're not because mathematically it's still possible for India to qualify depending on few assumptions and scenarios. Now you must be wondering "How"? So here's the math - Starting with an assumption, let us assume that if India, New Zealand defeat both Scotland and Namibia; Pakistan wins its last group stage match against Scotland, then Pakistan becomes the first team of the group to qualify and emerges as the table toppers with 10 points.
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If the above happens then the only contenders left for second spot are India, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Now for India to qualify, Afghanistan needs to defeat New Zealand and India on the other hand needs to beat Afghanistan. After which, India, New Zealand and Afghanistan all three will end up on 6 points each. Now the NRR (Net Run Rate) comes into play, the team with highest net run rate among the three will qualify and if India wants to be that team then they will have to beat Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan with really big margin. Although all of this depends on "if" and as far as team India's current form is concerned things don't look that simplified. But still, as long as there's hope we can't say.