Explain! How can Pakistan qualify for Super 8s after 6-run loss to India in T20 World Cup

Pakistan suffered a six-run defeat against India in their second match of the T20 World Cup 2024. The defeat almost knocked Pakistan out of the Super 8 race. Pakistan will not be able to qualify even if he wins his remaining matches and he will need other results to stay alive in the race.

Pakistan's qualification scenario (Source: AP)

Pakistan suffered a massive collapse to lose the T20 World Cup match against India by 6 runs. The team suffered a shock defeat against the United States which significantly hampered their chances of reaching the Super 8s and the defeat against India almost eliminated them from the tournament. Chasing a target of 119, the team lost captain Babar Azam early but Mohammad Rizwan (31) kept the innings afloat. Pakistan were heading to a 72-2 victory, but lost the match out of nowhere after a shocking collapse. Pakistan could only score 40 runs for the loss of six wickets in the last 46 balls. For India, Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the day as he bowled a magnificent spell of 4-13 in four overs. Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets for 24 runs. Bumrah received the man of the match award for his splendid display.

Earlier, Pakistan's bowlers put on a spirited show to bowl out India for just 119. Rishabh Pant played a cameo stand of 42, but other batters let the team down as the team rolled out for a score below average. For Pakistan, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah each picked three wickets while Mohammad Amir took two.

How can Pakistan qualify after their defeat against India?

For Pakistan to qualify, they will need to win their final matches against Canada and Ireland. They will also have to hope that the United States loses its last two matches against India and Canada. This will leave USA and Pakistan with 4 points and the team with better run rate will qualify. However, Pakistan would be very disappointed with this chaotic performance. They had the game under control, but poor cricket saw them lose the match from a position of strength. If the United States beats India or Ireland, Pakistan will be eliminated from the tournament. India still has two matches to play and winning one of the two matches will qualify them for the next round.

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