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The T20 World Cup 2024 is finally coming into shape with top eight teams fighting for a place in the final four. Although, the USA and Bangladesh are virtually out of the semifinals race, the remaining teams including South Africa, West Indies , England, India, Australia and Afghanistan are all in. 

The Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan on Sunday, June 23 registered a historic win over former champions Australia, denting the latter’s place in the semifinals. The Afghans defended the 149-run target, bundling out the Mitchell Marsh-led side at 127 with four balls to be spared.

How can Afghanistan qualify for the T20 World Cup 2024 semifinals?

With Afghanistan’s win against Australia, the Group 1 standings are also wide open, like the Group 2, all having a chance to secure a spot in the final four. To keep things simple, Afghanistan can qualify for semifinals if they beat Bangladesh in their next Super 8 match and India beat Australia on Monday, June 24. 

Apart from this, if Afghanistan loses against Bangladesh, they would only progress if India beats Australia by a big margin. Furthermore, to keep their chances alive, they would want to finish with a better net run rate than Australia and Bangladesh. Also looking at the rain possibility with likely chances of match getting washed out, the Rashid Khan-led side will only qualify if India beat Australia.