Despite being in a driver’s seat in a rain-hit game against their continental neighbours, Zimbabwe, the South Africans were well and truly on course for a win with 51 for no loss in three overs in the run chase of 80 in 9 overs.
Their star opener Quinton de Kock smoked 47* off 18 balls but as bad luck had it, the skies opened up once again and the match was abandoned, forcing the points to be split between the two teams. For the Duckworth Lewis-Stern rule to come into effect, both teams should have played at least 5 overs each.
Let’s take a look at what are the qualification scenarios for the teams in Group 2, comprising Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Netherlands, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Match: 4; Won: 2; Lost: 1; No Result: 1; Points: 5; NRR: +1.441
South Africa suffered their first defeat of the season against Pakistan as they lost by 33 runs (via DLS) in a rain-affected match at SCG.
SA vs ZIM
South Africa and Zimbabwe ended in no result, the Proteas’ qualification chances into the semi-finals took a slight beating.
SA vs BAN
Temba Bavuma and his spirited band came out all guns blazing in the match against Bangladesh to secure a massive 104-run win. The Proteas ticked off all the boxes in the game against Bangladesh as Rilee Rossouw slammed his second T20I century.
SA vs IND
In their next game against a worthy opponent in India, the Men in Green and Yellow once again produced a clinical effort and registered a five-wicket win in a closely-fought encounter. With that win, South Africa looked to have secured a semi-final spot.
However, their loss against Pakistan has once again thrown the group wide open. The Proteas will face Netherlands in their next game and if they win it, they will be through to the semis.
If SA’s next game is washed out and Pakistan win their next match, then SA will be out of semis race.
Match: 4; Won: 2; Lost: 2; No-Result: 0; Points: 4; NRR: +1.117
After suffering two morale-sapping defeats at the hands of India and Zimbabwe in their first two games in the Super 12, the Babar Azam-led side has won its next two games and kept itself alive in the tournament.
Earlier, Zimbabwe edged them by 1 run in another last-over thriller while the Men In Green were defeated by arch-rivals India in their tournament opener.
Pakistan’s failure to close out two games in the bounce affected the team. Their mental strength took a severe beating following the loss against India which was evident with their inability to close the game against Zimbabwe.
However, the Babar Azam-led side opened its account with a five-wicket victory over Netherlands in their third match of the tournament. However, India’s defeat at the hands of South Africa dented their semi-final qualification chances severely. But a win over SA has helped them to stay afloat.
However, their qualification chance completely is not in their hands for they have to also depend on the result of others’.
Pakistan qualification chances:
If India win their next game and South Africa lose, Pakistan will enter the semi-final with a win over Bangladesh.
If India and South Africa both lose their next game then the winner of Pakistan vs Bangladesh will progress to the semis.
If South Africa win and India lose, then Pakistan will enter the semis with a win over Bangladesh.
Match: 4; Won: 3; Lost: 1; No-Result: 0; Points: 6; NRR: +0.730
The Men in Blue – who were knocked out from the Super 12 stage in the previous edition – had a good start to their campaign in the tournament with a thrilling win over Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Team India clinched a big win over Netherlands in their next game and climbed to the top of the team standings in Group 2. However, they suffered a five-wicket defeat against South Africa in Perth in a last-over thriller.
They secured another nail-biting win against neighbours Bangladesh in their penultimate league game of the tournament and secured six points. With this win, the Men In Blue are all but through to the semi-final stage.
A win against Zimbabwe in their last match of round robin stage will confirm it. If South Africa beat Pakistan in their next game, India will be through even before their final league game.
Match: 4; Won: 2; Lost: 2; No-Result: 0; Points: 4; NRR: -1.276
Shakib-Al-Hasan and his band kicked off the Super 12 stage with a nine-run victory over the Netherlands. They were sitting at the top of the team standings with two points and a better net run rate after the first round of games. However, the Bangla Tigers had a reality check in the very next game as they were outplayed in all departments by South Africa.
Bangladesh suffered a humiliating 104-run defeat against South Africa as their batters and bowlers disappointed big time. They now have their net run rate negative and face an uphill task of making it to the semi-finals. The team’s journey in the run-up to the showpiece event hasn’t been impressive either.
The Tigers pulled off a narrow win by a margin of 3 runs in a nail-biting contest against Zimbabwe and bagged two crucial points to remain in contention.
They suffered a narrow 5-run defeat at the hands of India to get virtually knocked out of the semis race. Bangladesh will have an outside chance of qualification into the semis if they win their next game against Pakistan and South Africa loses its remaining games (vs Pakistan and Netherlands) by big margins.
Zimbabwe and Netherlands:
Zimbabwe: Match: 4; Won: 1; Lost: 2; No-Result: 1; Points: 3; NRR: -0.313
Netherlands: Match: 4; Won: 1; Lost: 3; No-Result: 0; Points: 2; NRR: -1.233
The two teams have outplayed some of the better teams in Round 1 of the tournament to progress to the Super 12 stage. They should be looking to prove their mettle with some better performances in this round and the two sides should also be aiming for an upset or two in the Super 12 stage to draw the attention of the cricketing world.
Netherlands were looking to gain from the experience of playing big teams after qualifying in the Super 12 stage and they’ve produced some memorable performances so far.
Zimbabwe caused a major upset in the Super 12 stage of the tournament as they defeated Pakistan by a slender 1-run margin in a tightly fought contest. Their next game against Bangladesh also went down the wire but they lost by 3 runs. Zimbabwe batters failed to hold on to their nerves in the death overs in the run chase. Despite a lot of drama unfolding in the final over, Zimbabwe couldn’t manage to cross the line. Zimbabwe’s contention for the semis isn’t entirely in their hands now. They had to win all their remaining Super 12 games but the loss against Bangladesh comes as a dampener.
They were knocked out of the semis with a defeat against Netherlands.