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Australia’s Jailbreak Win Alters World Cup Semi-Final Venue Possibilities

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Australia’s stunning victory over a dominant Afghanistan team has not only secured their spot in the 2023 World Cup semi-finals but also impacted the potential semi-final venue, influencing Pakistan’s chances of facing India. This World Cup has been filled with unexpected twists, and this latest development is no exception.

With Australia now qualified and tied with South Africa at 12 points, they are guaranteed to finish second and third in the league stage, setting up a second semi-final clash on November 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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India, as the front-runners, will finish first, while the other three teams are in a direct competition for the fourth spot. The Netherlands, although still in contention, have only an outside chance to make it to the semi-finals.

For many fans closely following the World Cup, Australia’s win holds a particular significance: it has increased the chances of Pakistan potentially facing India in the first semi-final.

Originally, the first semi-final (between the first and fourth-placed teams) was scheduled to be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. However, if either New Zealand, Afghanistan, or the Netherlands secure the fourth spot, the match will proceed as planned. But if Pakistan qualifies, India and Pakistan will compete in the semi-final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

According to ICC rules, the World Cup host nation has the authority to choose the venue for its semi-final match. India has selected Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. However, due to India’s complex political relations with Pakistan, the latter has been granted special permission to play their semi-final at Eden Gardens, even if they face the host nation.

So, how can Pakistan secure a place in the 2023 World Cup semi-finals? To qualify, they need to reach 10 points by defeating England on November 11 and hope for Afghanistan and New Zealand to lose to South Africa and Sri Lanka, respectively, before that.

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If either Afghanistan or New Zealand wins their matches, Pakistan will need a specific margin of victory to surpass them in Net Run Rate (NRR) despite being tied on points.

In the scenario where all three teams lose their matches, Afghanistan’s NRR is already lower than Pakistan’s. Sri Lanka would have to beat New Zealand by an unprecedented margin for New Zealand’s current NRR of +0.398 to drop below Pakistan’s. The situation is highly dynamic, and fans are on the edge of their seats as the World Cup’s climax approaches.

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