Bengaluru, March 25: After their thrilling 1-run victory, India are now focused on winning against Australia on Sunday (March 27) to cement a place in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20. (Dhoni loses cool)
With 4 points from 3 matches and 1 game in hand, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India are in a must-win situation. It is a do-or-die battle on Sunday in Mohali against the Australians.
How India can make the semi-finals?
All possibilities explained (WT20 schedule)
If Australia beat Pakistan on Friday (March 25), then India have to defeat Australia in their final league game on Sunday (March 27) to reach the semi-finals without net run rate calculations. If the hosts lose, then Australia will progress with 6 points.
If Pakistan beat Australia and India lose to Australia then it comes down to net run rate with all the 3 teams locked on 4 points each. India most likely will be out due to poor net run rate compared to other two. Pakistan likely to qualify.
If both Pakistan-Australia and India-Australia matches are washed out, then India will go through with 5 points.
If Pakistan defeat Australia, again India-Australia game will be a virtual quarter-final with the winner progressing.
India's best chance is to win against Australia and decide their fate themselves than leave to others. A victory will definitely take them to knockouts irrespective of other results.
Current standings in Group 2 (Super 10 Stage) with Net Run Rate (NRR)
1. New Zealand - 6 points (3 games) (NRR +1.283)
2. India - 4 points (3 games) (-0.546)
3. Pakistan - 2 points (3 games) (+0.254)
4. Australia - 2 points (2 games) (+0.108)
5. Bangladesh - 0 points (3 games) (-1.165)
Group 2 remaining matches
Friday (March 25) - Australia Vs Pakistan (3 PM IST) in Mohali
Saturday (March 26) - New Zealand Vs Bangladesh (3 PM IST) in Kolkata
Sunday (March 27) - India Vs Australia (7.30 PM IST) in Mohali
Already qualified for semi-finals - New Zealand (3 wins out of 3 - 6 points)
Out of semi-final race - Bangladesh (3 losses out of 3)
March 30 (Delhi) (Super 10 Group 1 2nd Vs Super 10 Group 2 1st)
March 31 (Mumbai) (Super 10 Group 1 1st Vs Super 10 Group 2 2nd) - Both 7 PM IST starts
FINAL on Sunday (April 3) in Kolkata - 7 PM IST