After another hit with a second successive defeat, India will need to win all their remaining matches to keep their semifinal prospects alive in the T20 World Cup.
India and New Zealand were locked in a virtual quarter-final, from which the latter emerged triumphant following a convincing eight-wicket win. Well, this was seven days after Virat Kohli’s men suffered a 10-wicket drubbing to Pakistan.
The Indian players would now pray that Afghanistan beat New Zealand. After which India has to win their remaining three fixtures against Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan.
With the Indians scheduled to play the last game of the league stage, against Namibia, they might get an opportunity to improve their net run rate, provided other results favour them.
The loss against the Kiwis has pushed India to the brink of a league stage exit. Though technically they are still not out.
Pakistan has finished three big games. They are expected to thrash Scotland and Namibia in their coming fixtures.
In the six-team Group 2, India is currently struggling at fifth place with two losses after as many matches.
Pakistan leads the group with three wins in as many outings. They are followed by Afghanistan with two wins and a loss from three matches, and New Zealand in third place with a win and loss from two games.
With, Afghanistan’s spin attack, decent batting, and most importantly, their penchant for standing up to the bigger teams, they will be India’s bet against the New Zealanders.
The Afghans came close to winning their match against Pakistan before Asif Ali’s blitz put paid to their hopes.