Australia awarded a massive semi-final blow

Aussie players, pictured here during an online session at the T20 World Cup.

Aussies watch during an online session at the T20 World Cup. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC / ICC via Getty Images)

Australia’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup have been awarded a massive blow after South Africa’s crushing victory over Bangladesh.

The Proteas packed Bangladesh out for just 84 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday night before winning to a six-wicket victory of 13.3 overs.

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This means that there is now a net run-rate (NRR) gap of 1,369 between South Africa and Australia, which risks paying a great price for their skewed losses to England.

Aaron Finch’s team will finish over South Africa if they can beat Bangladesh and the Caribbean this week, but only if the Proteas lose to England on Sunday morning (AEDT).

If Australia knocks out just one win from their last two pool matches, the semi-final spot could come down to the NRR, and likewise if they win both matches, but South Africa topple the tournament’s favorites.

“If they wipe them out and throw them out for 100 and get them one or two (wickets) down, their (net) run rate would be so good that it could make it almost impossible for Australia to get past them,” Kerry O ‘Keeffe said before South Africa’s victory.

“This is a worrying game for Australia.”

Star paceman Kagiso Rabada admitted the bigger picture was on his side’s radar as they gave injured Bangladesh a fourth loss in a row, eliminating them from battle.

“Of course it was the chat. We tried to end the game as early as possible,” Rabada said after claiming 3-20 and player-of-the-match honors.

“When we say that, we’re just trying to keep it as simple as possible.

“But yes, there was a clear instruction that we should try to end the match – there was a clear instruction that we should try to finish the match before 15, and we did.”

Kagiso Rabada, pictured here celebrating Mushfiqur Rahim's wicket in South Africa's victory over Bangladesh.

Kagiso Rabada celebrates Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicket in South Africa’s victory over Bangladesh. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC / ICC via Getty Images)

Kagiso Rabada leads South Africa to a crushing victory

The Proteas have been at stake since losing their tournament opener against Australia and weathering the storm around Quinton de Kock’s first refusal to take a knee and fast return.

“We will regroup and then lay out a strategy for England,” Rabada said.

“We can take confidence out of our team performance, as a collective, on our way into the England match. We know it will be a very tough match.”

England have almost secured the top spot in the group.

The fast bowlers Anrich Nortje and Rabada shared six cheap wickets, then their batsman Taskin Ahmed’s early two attacks survived when captain Temba Bavuma’s undefeated bank of 31 carried them home.

Once the victory was secured, they finished in a hurry and took 19 of the last nine balls.

Bangladesh, without injured star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, will end their campaign against Australia on Thursday.

“The wicket was pretty good to play on in the first half,” said Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah.

“We were not good enough in the middle, it was a bad batting view.

“It’s frustrating, but we could have won two matches (against the Caribbean and Sri Lanka), if we had won those matches, it would have been a different story.”

Another place Tuesday, Pakistan became the first side to guarantee a place in the semifinals after maintaining their perfect record in the Super 12s, comfortably beating Namibia by 45 runs.

with AAP

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