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Published Time: 25.06.2024 - 23:02:39 Modified Time: 25.06.2024 - 23:02:39

Seeing the rainfall, Afghanistan coach and former England international Johnathan Trott signalled to his players to slow down, hoping that play would be stopped before another ball could be bowled. T20, cricket world cup 2024, Rohit Sharma

However, if Afghanistan loses to Bangladesh, three nations will be tied on two points and the semi-finalists will be determined by net run rate.

It’s time to whip out the calculators.

Courtesy of their superior net run rate, Australia will qualify for the knockouts if Bangladesh, whose net run rate is currently languishing at -2.489, defeats Afghanistan by a narrow margin.

“Come on, Bangladesh,” Australian captain Mitchell Marsh laughed during Tuesday’s post-match press conference.

However, the Tigers could storm into the semi-finals themselves if they bat first against Afghanistan and win by more than 62 runs.

The situation becomes more complicated if Bangladesh is chasing, because the required margin of victory would depend on Afghanistan’s first-innings score. For example, the Tigers would need to reach a 200-run target in 13.3 overs, but for a 120-run target would have 12.1 overs at their disposal.

1. India — 6 points (+2.017 NRR)