After the Netherlands’ win against South Africa by 13 runs on the final day of the Super 12 stage, Team India has finally opened gates to its semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. The victory for the Netherlands now means that Indians are guaranteed a top-two finish with a game in hand over Zimbambwe while only Pakistan with a good Net Run Rate can catch India.
The Netherlands’ win now means that they will stage the semifinal of the T20 World Cup for the 4th time and for the first time since 2016. On the bigger picture, India will stage their fourth T20 World Cup semifinal, having previously reached the final four in 2007, 2014 and 2016. India has reached the final on two occasions with their solitary win coming in 2007 while they lost in the 2014 final to Sri Lanka.
The upset from the Netherlands against South Africa now means that India and Pakistan could meet in the final of the T20 World Cup. The possibility can be a reality if Pakistan beat Bangladesh and reach the semifinal of the T20 World Cup and defeat either England or New Zealand while India win the other semifinal defeating either of Group 1 opponents.
If it happens, then after 15 years both India and Pakistan will meet in the final of the T20 World Cup, having staged the final of the inaugural tournament held in 2007.