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T20 World Cup 2024: How can the big teams qualify to get the “Big Ticket”?

The group stages of the 2024 T20 World Cup are reaching the business end and teams are scampering off to get a place in the Super 8s.

New Delhi: The group stages of the 2024 T20 World Cup are reaching the business end and teams are scampering off to get a place in the Super 8s. For the first leg, there has been a fair share of rain-hit matches, last over thrillers and teams bottling up healthy leads.

At the end of this first leg of “cricket drama”- five teams have so far made it to the Super 8s- Australia, India, South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the defending t20 champions- England as well as runners-up of last year’s World Cup- Pakistan have both slumped to catastrophic defeats.

Group A scenario

The group A scenario is pretty much clear with India winning their game against the USA to confirm their birth in the Super 8. Naturally, the match against Canada has turned into a dead rubber for Team India.

But things are spiced up for Pakistan, who are coming from back-to-back losses against Pakistan and the USA. For the men in green, all eyes will be on the Ireland vs USA game where they will hope for an Irish triumph. However, that does not guarantee a place for Pakistan as they need to defeat Ireland themselves.


Group B scenario

In Group B, Australia has qualified for the Super 8s on the back of three back-to-back wins against Oman, England and Namibia. Naturally, for the Aussies, the game against Scotland is a dead rubber. But the outcome of the match can lead to the other team’s success- especially England.

The defending champions, England on the other hand, are in a very tricky situation where their qualification chances can become uncertain. They will hope that the Aussies defeat Scotland by a sizable difference so that they can pip the Scots in the NRR while winning their last game against Namibia.

Group C scenario

Group C looks very much sorted with the Afghanistan team qualifying for the Super 8s with straight wins over Papua New Guinea, Uganda and New Zealand. Joining Afghanistan are the co-hosts, West Indies in the Super 8.

But the most shocking result is the group stage exit of New Zealand. After suffering a thumping defeat at the hands of the Afghanis, the Black Caps bottled an easy game against the Calypsos. Eventually, New Zealand slumped to their worst T20 World Cup performance after the 2014 campaign.

Group D scenario

In Group D, the proteas have bounced back from precarious situations to make it to Super 8. The Lankans on the other hand, have experienced a disappointing exit from the World Cup, much earlier than what the experts had anticipated.

On the other hand, things become interesting for the second-place finish from Group D. there is a three-way fight between Bangladesh, Nepal and the Netherlands. For Bangladesh, its a simple win over Nepal. However, for the Dutch, they need to hope for a positive result from the Nepal game in their favour. On the other hand, they need to win their remaining matches.