The semi-qualification scenario is approaching hyper-complexity | The star of the day
As Zimbabwe and South Africa beat Pakistan and India respectively in the ongoing T20 World Cup Super 12, Group 2 came alive with five of the six teams still in contention to qualify. for the semi-finals of what has already been a fascinating edition of the marquee event.
As things stand after three games, the Netherlands are out, but the Dutch can still succeed in their campaign if they can stun fourth-placed Zimbabwe today. The African nation, on the other hand, cannot afford to lose if it wants to stay in contention.
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Today’s second game will feature India and Bangladesh – who sit second and third despite tied on points as the Tigers’ record 104-point loss to the Proteas damaged their rate net running (-1.533) beyond repair.
Although Bangladesh are inferior on paper in their next two outings against India and Pakistan, Bangladesh fans are curious about the many possibilities as to how the Tigers’ Super 12 fate could unfold in Ultimately. Additionally, the persistent bad weather in Adelaide made the qualifying criteria for the final four for all teams, especially Bangladesh, much more complex.
Although two wins from two matches guarantee a semi-final as group champions or runners-up, it should be mentioned that the Tigers’ campaign may hang by a thread even if they lose to India, or if the game fades today. Another loss to India will mean Bangladesh must beat Pakistan in their last Super 12 game and bet on South Africa to lose both games and India to beat Zimbabwe later.
Bangladesh-India T20 stats and trivia
India beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in a group stage encounter to secure a place in the semi-finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup.
India defeated Bangladesh in the 2016 Asian Cup final to clinch their sixth title. It was the first time the tournament was played in the 20-over format.
The 2016 T20 World Cup encounter between India and Bangladesh saw one of the most thrilling contests where Dhoni’s presence of mind and sharp skills helped India win by a single set.
Bangladesh won the Nidahas Trophy final in 2018 but India, who needed 12 points for the final, emerged victorious, thanks to Dinesh Karthik hitting the final ball for six to give India a four-wicket win.
India have played just one T20I at the Adelaide Oval, which they won by beating Australia by 37 points in 2016.
Bangladesh’s only international outing at the Adelaide Ring earned them the famous 15-point victory over England in the 2015 World Cup.
Virat Kohli became just the second player to amass 1,000 points at the T20 World Cups in the loss to South Africa earlier. The batter now needs 16 runs to beat Mahela Jayawardene’s 1016, which stands as the record for most runs in T20 World Cups.
Shakib Al Hasan, who holds the record for most wickets in T20 World Cups with 44 scalps, has the chance to extend his stay at the top. Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India with 29 wickets each are closest to Shakib among current players.
Afif Hossain is 24 races away from reaching 1000 T20I races. He would be the seventh player from Bangladesh to achieve the feat.
Mustafizur Rahman, the second highest T20I wicket-taker for Bangladesh, is four wickets away from entering the 100-wicket club. The pacer would become only the second Bangladeshi and the sixth bowler in the world to do so.