India storms into ICC T20 World Cup 2024 semi-finals after emphatic win over Australia

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India, on Monday, beat Australia by 24 runs in their final Super 8 game to qualify for the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Asked to bat first, India scored 205 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs thanks to captain Rohit Sharma’s 92-run whirlwind. In reply, Australia finished their innings at 181 for 7. Travis Head’s 76-run knock kept Australia in the hunt but did not get good support from the other end.

India’s place in the semi-finals was confirmed on the 16th, as Australia failed to reach the total at that time. As per the conditions, Australia needed to chase 206 runs in 15.3 overs to book their place in the semi-finals.

However, they failed to cross the finish line in 16th. As a result, India became the first Group 1 team to enter the semi-final and join England and South Africa in the last four. Australia also kept their chances of reaching the semi-final alive by reaching 149 runs. Australia would have been eliminated from the T20 World Cup if they had not managed to reach 149 runs.

Australia’s fate now depends on the upcoming match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan. If Afghanistan manages to beat Bangladesh, they will become the fourth team to qualify for the semi-finals. However, if Afghanistan loses the match, they and Australia will finish with the same number of points. In that case, your fate will be decided by the net run rate.

India’s unbeaten streak continues:

Meanwhile, the latest victory has extended India’s unbeaten run in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. India and South Africa are now the only unbeaten team in the tournament. In the group stage, India won three of the four games, while one of the games was abandoned due to wet outfields.

The Men in Blue began their campaign with an 8-wicket win over Ireland before beating Pakistan by six runs. In their third game, India beat the United States by 7 wickets to qualify for the Super 8. India’s final group game against Canada was abandoned.

In the Super 8, the Rohit Sharma-led team began their campaign with a thumping 47-run win over Afghanistan before thrashing Bangladesh by 50 runs. The victory over Australia was India’s sixth consecutive victory in the ongoing tournament.