The Super 12 round of the 2022 T20 World Cup is still to come, but cricket fans around the world have their eyes on the qualifiers from which 4 teams will advance. Countries like Sri Lanka, West Indies, Namibia, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe are already battling for the 4 vacancies in the Super 12. While Sri Lanka, West Indies and Ireland are arguably the favourites, the game was between an eye-opener for the Lankers and Namibia on the opening day of the tournament itself.
On Sunday, the opening day of the 2022 T20 World Championship, Sri Lanka suffered an impressive 55-round loss to Namibia in Geelong. Chasing a goal of 164 runs, the lankers were outwitted by the Namibian bowlers. Aside from Dasun Shanka’s 29 and Bhanuka Rajapksa’s 20, none of the Sri Lankan thugs even surpassed the 20-run mark.
The fact that Sri Lanka, reigning Asian champions, can be beaten by a team like Namibia inflated the entire tournament.
But that loss to Sri Lanka can have a huge impact on the tournament as a whole. According to the rules, the top two teams from the two qualifying groups take part in the Super 12.
As for the Indian group, which includes Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh, the Group B winner and Group A runners-up are set to join.
The West Indies are favorites to win Group B, while in Group A Sri Lanka could now take second place after losing to Namibia.
Therefore, India’s group could see an intense battle for the top spots between Rohit Sharma’s men, Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka. It must be noted that the Lankers recently beat India at the Asian Cup to secure a place in the final.
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