Their campaign is taking another hit with a second consecutive defeat India will need to win all their remaining matches while hoping other results come their way to keep their semi-final chances alive in the T20 World Cup.
India and New Zealand were locked in a virtual quarter-final, from which the latter emerged victorious after an eight-wicket win, seven days after Virat Kohli’s men suffered a 10-wicket defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Virat Kohli’s men will now pray that Afghanistan beat New Zealand and India win their remaining three encounters against Scotland, Namibia, and Afghanistan.
The Indians, scheduled to play the last game of the league stage against Namibia, could get a chance to improve their net run rate, provided other results are in their favor.
The loss against the Kiwis has pushed India to the brink of a league stage exit, although technically they are still not out.
Pakistan has finished three big games and is expected to beat Scotland and Namibia in their upcoming fixtures.
India is currently fifth in Group 2 of six teams with two defeats after the same number of matches.
Pakistan led the group with three wins from as many matches, followed by Afghanistan with two wins and three matches, and New Zealand in third place with two wins and losses.
Given Afghanistan’s powerful spin attack, good batting, and most importantly, their penchant for standing up for teams, they will be India’s bet against New Zealand.
The Afghans came close to winning their match against Pakistan before Asif Ali’s hopes were dashed.