Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the semifinals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 were all but over following their loss to the West Indies on Friday (October 29). On the other hand, India's pursuit for a semifinal berth came to a halt after two successive losses to Pakistan and New Zealand. However, both teams have a chance to advance to the knockout rounds, but much will rely on the results of the remaining Super 12 round fixtures. Let's see how Bangladesh and India can make the semifinals.
The way Bangladesh can reach the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-finals
Bangladesh must first and foremost ensure that they win their remaining matches against South Africa and Australia by a large margin. Because a big winning margin will help Bangladesh in improving run rates, which will be the determining factor if all other group 1 outcomes go in Bangladesh's favor.
Bangladesh's chances of reaching the semifinals will be aided by the following results:
# England must win by a large margin against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
# Sri Lanka must defeat the West Indies by a small margin.
# West Indies have to defeat Australia.
Bangladesh have a mathematical (run rates) chance of making the semifinals if the above results come true.
Bangladesh’s remaining super 12s fixtures:
Date: November 2 | Against: South Africa | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: November 4 | Against: Australia | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Players to watch
Mohammad Naim: T20I: 27 | Runs: 718 | HS: 81 | 50s: 4 | SR: 107.48
Afif Hossain: T20I: 34 | Runs: 427 | HS: 52 | SR: 123.05 | Wkts: 7 | BBI: 2/9 | SR: 17.1
Nasum Ahmed: T20I: 16 | Wkts: 21 | BBI: 4/10 | Econ: 6.59 | SR: 14.5
Predicted Playing XI against South Africa
Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Afif Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicket-keeper), Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed
How India can finish second in group 2 points table
India must first win their remaining matches against Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia by a huge margin. Because big margins of victory will increase their run rates.
India will also be wishing that Afghanistan defeats New Zealand by a small margin, allowing New Zealand to finish the group with only three victories. Because Scotland and Namibia are expected to lose against New Zealand. If these outcomes go in India's favor, they all (India, Afghanistan, and New Zealand) will get six points. The team with the best run rates will then progress to the semifinals.
India’s remaining super 12s fixtures:
Date: November 3 | Against: Afghanistan | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: November 5 | Against: Scotland | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: November 8 | Against: Namibia | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Players to Watch
Rohit Sharma: T20I: 113 | Runs: 2,878 | HS: 118 | 50s: 22 | SR: 138.63
Virat Kohli: T20I: 92 | Runs: 3,225 | HS: 94* | 50s: 29 | SR: 137.93
Jasprit Bumrah: T20I: 52 | Wkts: 61 | BBI: 3/11 | Econ: 6.63 | SR: 18.3
Predicted Playing XI against Afghanistan
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah
Bangladesh are presently at the bottom of group 1's points standings with 0 points. As opposed to, India are currently placed the second bottom in group 2 in terms of points. England have a 100 percent winning record in Group 1 and they have already qualified for the semifinals. On the other hand, Pakistan have qualified for the semifinals after winning three matches in a row in Group 2.
The prospects of Bangladesh and India reaching the semifinals are highly reliant on ifs and buts. However, India have a little edge in comparison to Bangladesh. Because India have three games left in the Super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, whereas Bangladesh have only two.