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The semifinal stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 is set with India, Afghanistan, South Africa, and England confirming their qualification. Group 2 toppers South Africa are now scheduled to face Afghanistan in semi-final 1 on Thursday morning (IST) followed by Group 1 leaders India taking on England in semi-final 2 later on the same day.

In this article, we will go through all the big news that took place on Monday, June 24.

Major cricket events that happened on Monday, June 24

Rohit Sharma's 92 helps India beat Australia and qualify for semi-finals

India took down Australia by 24 runs to remain undefeated in the T20 World Cup 2024 and qualify for the semi-final stage of the tournament.  After winning the toss, Mitch Marsh asked India to bat first who struggled after losing Virat Kohli cheaply. However, skipper Rohit Sharma's 92 followed by Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, and Hardik Pandya's contributions helped India put 205 runs on the board. During the chase,   Travis Head and skipper Mitchell Marsh posted an 81-run stand after David Warner's early wicket. Indian bowlers stepped up and restricted Australia to 181 runs.

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh to clinch T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final berth

After producing the biggest upset of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2023 Super 8 stage, Afghanistan were just one step behind qualifying for the semi-finals and their 8-run win via the DLS method against Bangladesh cemented their qualification. Afghanistan and Bangladesh faced each other at the Arnos Vale Stadium in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday morning (IST) in the last match of the Super 8s. Rashid Khan picked up 4 wickets and scored 19 off 10 to lift Afghanistan over Bangladesh while Naveen-ul-Haq picked up four wickets.

South Africa hold their nerves to clinch semi-final berth after 3-wicket win vs. West Indies

In a sensational ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 match between West Indies and South Africa on Monday, the Proteas held their nerves to clinch the semi-finals berth with a 3-wicket win over the co-hosts. In the first innings, South Africa restricted West Indies to 135 runs in 20 overs while the rain-affected match was reduced to 17 overs with a target of 123 runs for South Africa via the DLS method.

India's squad for 5-match T20I series against Zimbabwe announced; Shubman Gill to lead

The India men’s selection committee has picked a 15-member squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. India will visit Harare in the first week of July to participate in a 5-match T20I series. Shubman Gill is named the captain for the Zimbabwe series while Rajasthan Royals' Riyan Parag and Nitish Kumar Reddy of SunRisers Hyderabad are included in the 15-man squad.

Harbhajan Singh slams fans for criticising his commentary during T20 World Cup 2024

On Monday, June 24, Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian cricketer, slammed the fans in a brutal repost after receiving brash criticism for his commentary during the T20 World Cup 2024. The 43-year-old is currently a part of the Star Sports Hindi commentary team, providing in-depth insights and analysis about all things T20 World Cup in the Caribbean.

Babar Azam hands PKR 1 Billion defamation notice to Pakistan journalist

Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, has slapped a PKR 1 billion defamation suit on a journalist after the latter accused him of misconduct during the T20 World Cup 2024. After he initially had threatened to consider the option of taking legal action against YouTubers and former cricketers, the Pakistan captain has finally taken the required actions into the matter.