The T20 World Cup 2022 encounter between Australia and England on Friday in Melbourne was considered to be a virtual “knockout” match for the two teams. However, because to the stadium’s constant rain, the game was called off before a ball was bowled. The Afghanistan vs. Ireland game earlier in the day was also postponed owing to weather. As a result, any of the six clubs can still qualify from Group 1. However, because of their Net Run Rate, the hosts Australia are in for a challenging moment. Due to their awful loss to New Zealand in the opening game, Australia presently has the lowest net run rate in Group 1. Australia has played three games so far, with one win, one loss, and one tie.
New Zealand and England are the two teams that are now predicted to advance, with NRRs of +4.450 and +0.239, respectively.
In terms of points, the six teams rarely differ from one another. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have each received two points thus far, while New Zealand, England, Australia, and Ireland have all received three points.
Who has the best chance of qualifying?
The exceptionally strong Net Run Rate of New Zealand makes them the clear favorites to win.
Even Australia may not advance to the semi-finals even if they win their final two games. New Zealand will have a better chance of qualifying, though, if they win all of their remaining games, particularly the one against England. It is likely that England will advance with victories in the final two games. However, Sri Lanka now outperforms England in terms of NRR. If Sri Lanka wins two of their next three games, they might just edge out England for a spot in the playoffs due to their superior Net Run Rate.
Qualification for Ireland and Afghanistan seems to be significantly difficult due to their remaining games and NRR.