The World T20 2016 has already provided plenty of thrills and spills as it has promised in the group stage of the encounter. But with just a few, key games left in the tournament before we enter the knock-out stage, the points table becomes all the more crucial.
Every team will not only be fighting for every point but they also have to keep an eye on the Net Run Rate a component that can play a huge role in the format off the tournament this year.
In group 2, there has been plenty of excitement in all the games with West Indies proving their T20 dominance with two victories on the trot. Their place in the quarter final is almost guaranteed as they need just one victory from their remaining two fixtures.
They play Afghanistan and South Africa in those two games and are expected to make it to the next stage of the competition.
But the second spot in the group is still wide open with Sri Lanka, England and South Africa all winning a game a piece till date. Afghanistan, the only other team in the group are already put of the competition with two losses in two games.
So lets take a look at the scenario’s for the three teams that are battling for the one spot from Group 1 assuming that the Caribbean team most probably through:
The defending champions of the World T20, Sri Lanka started the tournament with a victory over Afghanistan where Dilshan helped them to victory after a poor bowling performance against the minnows. However, their batting also failed miserably in the second game against West Indies and they were left wanting on the night.
The road to the semi-finals now looks brim for the sub-continent outfit who will have to find a way to win a game in the remaining two fixtures against England and South Africa who have had their own set of problems.
The Proteas were stunned in their first encounter by the English side that showed no nerves in chasing down a superlative target of 230 in 20 overs. It showed the lack of bite in the bowling line-up which was once again on display in the victory against Afghanistan a couple of days later. They still have plenty of work done on their batting and bowling if they are to pose a serious threat to the trophy this year.
They will face West Indies and Sri Lanka in the remaining games in the Group and will need a positive result from at least one of those games to keep the dreams of a semi-final alive.
The superb game against the South Africans where they chased down 230 runs should have been a catalyst for the British side who faltered their way in the next game against West Indies. They could not back their victory with another one and are now in desperate need of victories in the rest of the tournament. They however have the easiest route to the semi-final from the three teams.
They play Afghanistan in their next game and then face Sri Lanka in a crunch game. They will be expected to beat the minnows and good performance against he Lankans can give England a real shot at qualifying for the next round.
However, there are many number of scenarios not only depending upon the results of the game but also the margins of victory. This T20 tournament has all the makings of a going down to the wire and already, every game has turned in a knock-out fixture.
Who do you think has the best chance of grabbing a semi-final spot from Group-1?