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Why tomorrow’s Pakistan vs Australia is crucial to India

The Group 2 in the World T20 Championship is witnessing a three-way stand-off now, with Pakistan, Australia and India having equal chances of qualifying for the second semifinal slot from the group.

Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi (left) will be having a big task before him to keep his team's chances for the semifinals. Pak has to beat Steve Smith's Australia in Mohali on Friday.

The fates of the other two in the group have been decided. New Zealand has won three matches and has already qualified for the semifinals.

Bangladesh, which has lost three matches, has been eliminated.

Pakistan has lost both the matches it played — against India and New Zealand. However, it has a net run rate (+0.254) superior to India (-0.546), which has won two of its three matches.

Australia has defeated Bangladesh and lost to group leaders New Zealand.

If Australia beats Pakistan on Friday, then it will be a virtual quarterfinal match between India and Australia.

If Pakistan beats Australia, then it will be a cracker of a contest between India and Australia where the net run-rate will become a crucial factor.

Points table at the end of India-Bangladesh match on Wednesday

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