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Explained: How Australia can qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-final

Australia’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals plummeted despite their recent 4-run win over Afghanistan at the Adelaide Oval on 4 November 2022. For Australia to qualify for the semi-finals, they had to win by a huge margin here against the Afghans to improve their net run rate over England.

The host nation and defending champions also got this chance after Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss and chose to bowl first, giving Australia the opportunity to put up a grand total on the board.

However, the defending champions had their own problems as captain Aaron Finch and heavy hitter Tim David failed to get fit due to their respective injuries and were replaced by Steve Smith and Cameron Green with Matthew Wade as team captain. And then, in a surprise move, Mitchell Starc was ruled out of this crucial match to bring Kane Richardson into the XI.

Glenn Maxwell.  PC-Getty
Glenn Maxwell. PC-Getty

However, Afghanistan bowling kept the Australian batting in check as they managed just 168/8 from 20 overs with Glenn Maxwell scoring 54* on 32 balls while Mitchell Marsh on 45 and David Warner and Marcus Stoinis on 25 each. were the other scorers. For Afghanistan, Naveen Ul Haq chose 3/21, while Fazalhaq Farooqi took two wickets.

In response, Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s 30 on 17 balls gave Afghanistan a good start, but the Australian bowlers held off batting with regular wickets. Ibrahim Zadran on 26 and Gulbadin Naib on 39 tried to keep up with the required run rate, but the Australian bowlers made a good comeback with Adam Zampa taking 2/22 in the middle overs.

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Australia now trust Sri Lanka to beat England and qualify for the semi-finals

With no hope of an Afghan win, Rashid Khan sprang into action, letting his bat pound Australian bowlers all over the Adelaide Oval, a course he’s familiar with thanks to it being his Big Bash League home. for Adelaide. strikers

Rashid Khan.  PC-Getty
Rashid Khan. PC-Getty

He waved his willow and made 48* from 23 balls and almost made the Afghan crowd believe the impossible. He hit 3 fours and 4 sixes as Afghanistan finished 164/7 and lost by just 4 runs.

Thanks to this result, New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals, becoming the first team to do so and Sri Lanka became the first team to be eliminated from the semi-final race. But for the defending champions, there are only two scenarios where they can make it to the semi-finals and have a chance to defend their crown.

which are:

  1. Sri Lanka beat England
  2. 2. Rain washes away the Sri Lanka-England match on November 5 in Sydney.

Also read: IND vs ZIM: “When we were sitting in the dining room, Virat Kohli came and gave Litton a bat” – BCB President of Cricket Operations Jalal Yunus


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