India vs Afghanistan Semifinal On Cards?: Afghanistan missed a big chance to win against Australia despite conytroling the match for most of the game time, and a heartbreaking 3-wicket loss to Australia dented their chances to qualify for the semis.
However, they still have a game ahead of them, and if they managed to win it with a big margin, then they may play against India in World Cup semifinal.
India vs Afghanistan Semifinal On Cards?
Now that these three have 1-1 matches left, it will be interesting to see who will win. The Afghan team has to play their next match with South Africa, if they are successful in winning then they may qualify for the semi-finals, otherwise, they will have to keep an eye on the matches of other teams.
Pakistan, who have to play England, will have to win their match by 130 runs, but if New Zealand beats Sri Lanka, and South Africa beats Afghanistan, then just a win will be enough for the men in green.
Batting first, Afghanistan put 291 runs on board, thanks to Ibrahim Zadran’s unbeaten century knock 129 and Rashid Khan’s late surge (35* off 18).
The Afghan bowlers then took the control of the game in their hands, and dismissed 7 Aussie batters at the score of 91. But they were unaware of Maxwell’s plan, as the big show set the tone for Australia with an unbeaten 201 to become Australia’s first batter to hit double century in one-day internationals.
Can India and Pakistan compete in the semifinal?
Well, the possibilities are there for a India vs Pakistan semifinal clash, but it depends on the performance of New Zealand and Afghanistan.
India, who will be at number 1, will play with the team finishing at 4th, for which currently there is a fight between 3 teams.
If New Zealand, which is ahead of Pakistan in net run-rate, wins against Sri Lanka by even 1 run, then Pakistan will have to win against England by at least 130 runs.
But because Afghanistan is also in the race, and if it manages to defeat South Africa, and Australia loses to Bangladesh, then neither will it be Bharat vs New Zealand, nor will India face Pakistan, but the semi-finals. India and Afghanistan will clash in