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Rain Likely to Halt India vs Australia T20 World Cup 2024 Match

Rain is likely to play a spoilsport when Rohit Sharma-led India takes on Mitchell Marsh’s Australia in their final Super Eight clash of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Monday.

A washout would suit India just fine, sealing their semi-final spot, but not so for Australia.

A third consecutive win for India will not only make them the group toppers and send them to the semifinals, but it will also substantially threaten Australia’s chances of progressing through to the semi-finals following their unexpected loss to Afghanistan.

According to Accuweather, rain is expected to come down heavily in St Lucia for almost the entire day. Heavy showers are expected before the India vs Australia match begins at 10:30 AM local time. The forecast indicates a 15% chance of rain during the match, with light showers and possible thunderstorms posing a continuous threat.

Group 1 Scenarios

What Does India Need to Do? For India to secure qualification, they simply need to beat Australia or avoid a heavy defeat in St Lucia on Monday. A washout would be sufficient for India to advance to the semi-finals.

What Does Australia Need to Do? As for Australia, Mitchell Marsh’s side (+0.223) can still pip Afghanistan (-0.650) on net run rate with a win over India. However, for Australia to overhaul India and take the first spot, they will need a big win. A narrow victory might not be enough to secure their progression, especially considering Afghanistan’s current position.

This match is crucial for both teams. For India, a win or even a washout ensures a smooth passage to the semi-finals, maintaining their unbeaten streak in the Super Eight stage. For Australia, a big win is imperative to keep their World Cup hopes alive. The weather, however, could play a decisive role in determining the outcome of this high-stakes encounter.

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