ICC World Cup, International

Australia’s fate on Sri Lanka’s hand

Australian Cricket Team will be backing up Sri Lanka against England on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as their chances of booking a spot in the semifinal of the ongoing ICC T20I World Cup relies on Lankan’s victory.

Despite being a bit narrow than their expectations, the Aussies did their part, defeating Afghanistan in the final group-stage match. Just four runs victory saw them in the second position with seven points. New Zealand having equal points, already qualified and are likely to top the group (unless England’s gigantic win against Sri Lanka).

Australia has seven points, but their Net Run Rate (NRR) is negative, lesser than England’s. This concludes England are through if they beat Sri Lanka, but the opposite case or washout due to rain will see defending champions book a spot in the top four.

Group A’s semifinalists are also yet to be confirmed. India and South Africa are in the top two, having six and five points respectively. Victory against Zimbabwe and Netherlands will see them both in the semifinal. But Pakistan’s triumph against Bangladesh and Either India’s or Proteas’ loss will see Pakistan cruise through. Bangladesh also has equal points as Pakistan, but their negative NRR makes them less likely to see in the semis.

Apart from the rain delay, No teams being winless, numerous thrilling encounters, and semifinalists yet to be decided until the last group stage matches make the 2022 edition arguably one of the finest editions of the T20I World Cup.