Shadab Khan’s all-round performance helped Pakistan keep their semi-final hopes alive as they thrashed South Africa by 33 runs in a rain-hit T20 World Cup match by the Duckworth-Lewis method. After the results of the match played between Pakistan and South Africa on 3 November, the semi-final battle got a little more complicated. Babar Azam’s team is now standing in the race for the semi-finals with Pakistan’s 33-run victory over South Africa. At the same time, India’s next match seems to be turning into do or die. India is on top of this Group 2 with 6 points. South Africa have 5 points and are in second place. They have scored 4 points with Bangladesh after Pakistan’s win. Pakistan and Bangladesh are ranked third and fourth in the group. Zimbabwe have 3 points and Netherlands 2 points and they are both in fifth and sixth place respectively.
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What happened in Pakistan vs South Africa match?
Batting after winning the toss, Pakistan scored 185 runs for nine wickets on the basis of Shadab’s aggressive innings of 52 runs in 22 balls. Then Shaheen Shah Afridi (3 for 14) and Shadab (2 for 16) shook South Africa’s top order as South Africa could only manage 108 for nine in 14 overs. According to the Duckworth-Lewis method, South Africa were given a target of 142 runs to win in 14 overs after rain interruption. The win moved Pakistan (four points) to third in Group 2, while South Africa (five points) remained in second place behind top-ranked India (6 points).
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How will Pakistan’s victory over South Africa affect India?
After defeating South Africa, Pakistan has entered the race for the semi-finals. Now in such a situation, if he wins his last remaining group match with Bangladesh, then his point will be 6 points. The net run rate of Pakistan is better than that of India at the moment. That is, he can reach above India in the point table. India have to play their last group match against Zimbabwe on 6 November. Apart from this, South Africa will face the Netherlands. Pakistan and Bangladesh will also clash with each other on the same day. If you look at these matches, then if South Africa and Pakistan win, then they will make the place in the top 2 on the points table with 7 and 6 points. In such a situation, India will have to win over Zimbabwe at any cost. If India wins the match, then they will go to the semi-finals by staying at number one in the group. But if Zimbabwe makes a turnaround and Pakistan and Africa win their last remaining match, then India’s game could be spoiled.
What will happen when it rains?
If the match between India and Zimbabwe is washed out due to rain, then it will also go in India’s favor because then the points will be divided between both the teams. India’s end will be seven ends, where Pakistan can not reach even after winning their last remaining match.