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What Australia needs to qualify for T20 World Cup semi-finals: England vs. Sri Lanka will decide fate

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Australia scraped a defeat against Afghanistan to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

But qualification for the last four of the tournament is not in their own hands anymore.

Arch-rival England will have the final say in their match against Sri Lanka on Saturday night.

The Sporting News breaks down what Australia needs to reach the knockouts.

T20 World Cup Super 12 Group 1 standings

Group 1

Team P W L NR PTS NRR
1. New Zealand 5 3 1 1 7 +2.113
2. Australia 5 3 1 1 7 -0.173
3. England 4 2 1 1 5 +0.547
4. Sri Lanka 4 2 2 0 4 -0.457
5. Ireland 5 1 3 1 3 -1.615
6. Afghanistan 5 0 3 2 2 -0.571

What Australia need to do to qualify for semi-finals?

There is nothing Australia can do anymore to qualify for the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Qualification is completely out of their own hands.

Australia needed to beat Afghanistan to keep alive their hopes, with a big victory able to put pressure on England’s superior net run-rate.

However, the green and gold only managed a narrow win against the Afghans.

What Australia need to happen with their group rivals to qualify for the semi-finals?

A Sri Lanka win against England will see Australia reach the knockout stage.

Australia lost the opportunity to qualify regardless of the rest by only having a close win against Afghanistan.

The green and gold needed a victory in the vicinity against Afghanistan of 60 runs or with six overs to spare to get above England’s net run-rate.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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