India beat Pakistan: The dynamics of qualification

Updated: 01 October 2012 00:06 IST

When 20 balls were left, India's Virat Kohli took a single with two runs needed. Had he hit the ball for two, India would have wrapped the match with 19 balls remaining and would have gone past Pakistan in terms of net run-rate. As things are, the men in blue are still third in their Super 8s table.

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When 20 balls were left, India's Virat Kohli took a single with two runs needed. Had he hit the ball for two, India would have wrapped the match with 19 balls remaining and would have gone past Pakistan in terms of net run-rate. As things are, the men in blue are still third in their Super 8s table.

Although a marginal fraction is what separates Pakistan from India, Mohammad Hafeez's side will still take solace from their minus .426 run-rate after losing to India on Sunday by 8 wickets. India have a net run-rate of minus .452.

What it means now is that India will need to beat South Africa and Australia will need to carry on their winning form against Pakistan on Tuesday for MS Dhoni's side to qualify for the semifinal. If both India and Pakistan lose, the net run-rate will come into play, of course with their respective 'defeats' further changing the dynamics.

If both India as well as Pakistan win, both teams will have four points - the same as Australia but will have to battle it out again, in terms of net run-rate. Powered by Shane Watson's heroics, Australia are far ahead with a plus 1.712 after their win against the Proteas on Sunday.

Group 2:

Australia 2 played, 2 won, 4 points and NRR: +1.712

Pakistan  2 played, 1 won, 2 points and NRR: -0.426

India     2 played, 1 won, 2 points and NRR: -0.452

South Africa 2 played, 0 won, 0 points and NRR: -0.605

Topics : Cricket India Pakistan Gary Kirsten Aftab Alam Virender Sehwag Virat Kohli ICC World Twenty20 2012
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