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T20 World Cup 2024 Heats Up: Group 2 in Tight Race for Semi-Finals

June 22, 2024
T20 World Cup 2024

The T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight stage is building towards a thrilling climax, with Group 2 still wide open as the final two matches approach. England, West Indies, and South Africa are all locked in a fierce battle for the two coveted semi-final spots, while USA clings to a slim chance.

Here’s a breakdown of how the remaining fixtures will determine the fate of each team:

England vs. USA & West Indies vs. South Africa

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Scenario 1: England & West Indies Win

  • This scenario creates a three-way tie with all three teams – England, West Indies, and South Africa – on four points each.
  • West Indies currently holds a superior Net Run Rate (NRR) thanks to their recent emphatic win over the USA. They will automatically qualify for the semis if they defeat South Africa regardless of the England-USA outcome.
  • England’s fate depends on NRR. They need to win by a margin large enough to overcome South Africa’s NRR. This means the combined winning margin of England and South Africa’s losing margin (assuming South Africa loses) must be at least 10 runs (based on a hypothetical first-innings total of 160).

Scenario 2: USA & South Africa Win

  • South Africa will comfortably secure the top spot with six points, leaving England, West Indies, and USA with just two points each.
  • In this case, England’s chances hinge on minimizing their defeat against USA. If England loses in a Super Over chasing 160, West Indies will need to lose by a significant margin (at least 43 runs) to fall below England on NRR. A larger defeat for England will further complicate their chances.
  • For USA, the challenge is even steeper. They need a massive victory against England (by at least 56 runs) and a substantial West Indies loss (by at least 91 runs) to keep their faint hopes alive, hampered by their low NRR.

Scenario 3: USA & West Indies Win

  • A win for both USA and West Indies would see South Africa and West Indies advance with four points each, while England and USA’s tournament run would end with just two points each.

Scenario 4: England & South Africa Win

  • This is a straightforward scenario. South Africa clinches the group with six points, while England secures the second semi-final berth with four points. This eliminates both West Indies and USA.

With so much at stake in the remaining matches, all eyes will be on Group 2 to see which teams will emerge victorious and book their place in the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Yukesh Chaudhary is the CEO and Founder of Niriv, The parent company of The Ditible. He writes on sports news and trends, He has been writing sports news from 2021 and has been writing here.

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