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    Afghanistan stun Australia, semifinal race wide open at T20 World Cup


    In a major turn of events, Afghanistan pulled off a stunning upset over Australia at the ongoing T20 Cup in Saint Vincent, blowing the group wide open. With just one round left to play, the semifinal spots are now up for grabs in what promises to be an exciting climax.

    Afghanistan restricted Australia to a below-par total before chasing it down impressively to record their first-ever win against the Aussies. This result has complicated the scenarios for the top two places in Group 1.

    currently sits comfortably atop the group thanks to a superb net run rate of +2.425. However, they cannot be complacent as one loss against Australia could potentially see them eliminated. The Men in Blue just need to avoid a crushing defeat to confirm their place in the semis.

    For Australia, survival is the aim as they battle to climb above Afghanistan on net run rate. They will target a huge margin of victory against India to achieve this. Australia require at least a 14-over win if India are bowled out for under 150 runs. A 190+ total while bowling out India under 150 would also do the job for the Aussies.

    As for Afghanistan, their fate now hinges on the India-Australia result. A Indian victory means they take on Bangladesh knowing a win seals their maiden semifinal spot. Nonetheless, this thrilling group seems set for a photo finish, with the final placings still anybody's guess. The stage is set for an enthralling final day that could see surprises continue at the global showpiece.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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