Team India again show their poor performance in the second group match of the T20 World Cup 2021 against New Zealand. India cricket team led by Virat Kohli lost their back to back opening T20 World Cup 2021 matches. So, their second defeat puts them in critical situations for semi-final qualification, as finishing in the second position in the points table is quite difficult for now but it is not impossible in terms of hopes and calculation.
The Indian cricket team is one of the favourites to win the title before the tournament begins. But their worst defeat against their biggest rival Pakistan in their opening match. After that, they lost their second match against New Zealand on Sunday with a poor run rate.
Therefore, the situation is now questioning that India can still win the T20 world cup 2021?. As they are now struggling to qualify for the semi-finals. While Indian both the bowling and batting departments are collapse in both the matches. However, India looks very solid in their warm-up matches as they beat both Australia and England.
But after starting the super 12 stages the table has turned. As India lost their first match against Pakistan with a 10 wickets margin, the Indian bowler failed to take any wickets of Babar Azam and men’s. Therefore, the loss always broke the unbeaten streak of team India against Pakistan in any ICC events.
After that humiliation defeat, India is expected to come back stronger against the New Zealand side. But Virat Kohli and men again display a disappointing performance this time batters collapse and fail to score run. Therefore, team India can put only 110 runs on the scoreboard in 20 overs. Hence New Zealand led by Kane Williamson easily beat India with 8 wickets remaining.
Let’s see how team India can still qualify for the semifinals
Firstly, Virat Kohli and men’s are currently standing at the bottom in the points table with Scotland. Secondly, they are behind Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Namibia in the group. But India can still be in the top two positions and qualify for semis in the two scenarios.
Scenario No 1:- India after the two early defeats they cannot afford any defeats. As with any defeat from their three remaining matches, they will be out of the tournament. Hence, India needs to win all of their remaining matches against Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan so, they can collect at least six points.
Even after must-win matches, they need victories with a high run rate margin. India’s run rate is currently -1.609. Therefore, they need to win the matches with a huge margin to keep them alive in the tournament.
Scenario No 2:- On the other hand, even after the three matches win with a high margin India will not qualify. As the situation is not in their hand they need to wait for the result of Afghanistan and New Zealand result. Therefore both the team need to lose one match from their remaining matches.
New Zealand will not get that tough competition from two sides Namibia and Scotland. But Afghanistan will give them tough competition and even they can beat them. On the other side, Afghanistan has a tough fight in their remaining matches. As they will face New Zealand and India in their upcoming fixtures. However, Afghanistan needs to win against New Zealand according to India’s qualifying scenario and need to lose against India.