Can England & New Zealand Qualify For The Super 8

Can England & New Zealand Qualify for the Super 8 Stages in T20 World Cup 2024?

England still has the chance to qualify for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 stages after achieving a massive 8-wicket victory against Oman, whereas New Zealand finds themselves eliminated from the tournament. Especially, Afghanistan’s thumping win against Papua New Guinea by 7 wickets, ended the Black Caps’ hopes of qualifying for the next round.

Let’s scrutinize how New Zealand was knocked out of the ongoing tournament as well as the possible scenarios for England to qualify for the Super Eights. Also, it would be interesting to find out the expected schedules for England in the Super 8.

England’s Qualification for Super Eights: Possible Scenario

Despite winning against Oman by a huge margin, England’s situation in Group B is identical to Pakistan in Group A, depending on other teams’ outcome.

The defending champions had to face an abandoned match against Scotland followed by a 36-run loss against the Aussies, which threatened their qualification chances. As of June 14, England ranks at 3rd position in the points table with 3 points and a +3.081 net run rate, which keeps their Super Eight qualification hopes alive.

Moreover, Namibia and Oman’s elimination has cleared the path for England to proceed with the next round. At the same time, England should win their next match against Namibia on June 15 (Saturday) to keep their expectations in the hunt. Additionally, they would expect Scotland to lose their last match against Australia on June 15. Also, the English cricketers would be hoping that the Aussies wouldn’t manipulate the net run rate by winning against Scotland with a close margin, which might affect England’s qualification chances.

Alternatively, if Scotland manages to win against Australia, then England will easily get eliminated from the tournament, irrespective of their upcoming match result.

Overall, these scenarios would place England in the next round of the ongoing T20 World Cup tournament.

Possible Fixtures for England in T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8

Let’s assume that England gets qualified for the Super Eight rounds in the T20 World Cup 2024 as B1. According to ICC’s seeding concept, Australia qualified as the B2 member despite ranking as the table toppers, since the B1 spot remains vacant for the defending champions England. Suppose if England fails to qualify, the other qualifying teams will enter the Super 8s as B1.

Each team will play three matches in Super Eights. Here are the possible scenarios where England might enter Group 2 of the Super 8s and compete against these teams in the crucial stages:

Date and DayMatchVenueTimings
June 19 (Wednesday)B1 (England) vs West IndiesDaren Sammy National Cricket Stadium6:00 am IST (June 20) / 12:30 AM GMT (June 20) / 08:30 pm local  
June 21 (Friday)B1 (England ) vs South AfricaDaren Sammy National Cricket Stadium8:00 pm IST 02:30 pm GMT / 10:30 am local  
June 23 (Sunday)A2 (TBD) vs B1 (England)Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados8:00 pm IST 02:30 pm GMT / 10:30 am local  

Possibly, England might face the last match of the Super 8s against Pakistan or USA on June 23 and the A2 spot will be determined soon in the upcoming days.

NOTE: The above-mentioned schedule is the expected scenario for England to compete against these teams in Super 8s and this would only be possible if Jos Butller’s led team successfully qualifies for the next round.

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How New Zealand were eliminated from the T20 World Cup 2024?

New Zealand faced a severe defeat in its first match against Afghanistan by 84 runs followed by a 13-run loss against the West Indies. This resulted in the net run rate dropping to -2.425. Consequently, Kane Williamson’s led side hasn’t felt the essence of success in this tournament so far and had to face elimination by losing back-to-back games.

As of June 14, Afghanistan ranks as the Group C table toppers with 6 points and a +4.230 net run rate. Even the hosting nation West Indies in the same group ranks at the second position and managed to secure their spot in Super Eight stages with 6 points and a +2.596 net run rate.

Even if New Zealand manages to win the remaining matches against Uganda (June 14) and Papua New Guinea (June 17), they would still finish the points table with only 4 points.

Moreover, West Indies and Afghanistan achieved a massive victory against Uganda with more than 120 runs, which boosted their net run rate.

Suppose, Afghanistan had lost to Papua New Guinea, then New Zealand would have had a chance to qualify by winning their upcoming two games of the group stages. But, the qualification criteria wouldn’t be satisfied as the Black Caps would have hoped Afghanistan to lose another match against West Indies.

Overall, Afghanistan’s victory over Papua New Guinea has clarified which teams will qualify from Group C, thereby making the qualification scenario look much more simplified.

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