Is India out of Semi-Finals of T20 World Cup? No, the light is still bright! Here's the escape plan!

What worked in IPL isn't working with the Indian team currently in the T20 World Cup as the country has been trembling to open its victory account in what has become the last T20 series for Virat Kohli as the captain. Kohli's fleet has been displaying a flawed play in all the departments and the back-to-back defeats had put a Himalayan pressure on the team that it must fix the glitches and emerge victorious to escape from getting tossed out of the semi-finals. 

The Indian players had knowledge of the pitches in the UAE, thanks to the IPL, but the debacles had revealed that something is not right in the team. India began the series with the defeat from Pakistan as the latter had beaten the former by ten wickets and etched the history of beating India for the first time in the World Cup. With the defeat, the Men In Blue had met New Zealand in its second match on Sunday and when India was in the imperativeness to comeback, the batting line-up disrupted the team's campaign as the New Zealanders had restricted India to 110 runs in 20 overs. 

New Zealand had chased the target in 15 overs and won the match by eight wickets. It was the second consecutive defeat for India and it has now been placed behind Namibia. India is part of Group B club in which Pakistan tops the table with a hat-trick victory followed by Afghanistan with two wins, New Zealand - one win, and Namibia - one win. India and Scotland have shared the last two places respectively and both of them didn't record a single victory. In the total of 12 teams, India, Scotland, and Bangladesh are the only teams that are yet to open their victory account. 

While losing the toss on Sunday's match can be one of the reasons for India's defeat against New Zealand, the fans express disappointment that India fell way too short with 110 runs. The fans and experts throw the blame and failure on the batting line-up and they demand the need for an overhaul and alarm that if the same trend continues, the team would be walking out of the series. What is more significant in the series is it is the first one where India plays with the mentorship of MS Dhoni.

However, despite having a strong contingent, the team is yet to show signs of recovery. Is India already out of the series? No, the light is not dimmed and let's take a look at the possibilities and the escape plan and how the team can accomplish the mission of entering the semi-finals. 

According to the experts, India shouldn't have any thought other than triumphing over the rest of the matches in the league. Kohli's team has to win all their remaining matches - they play the next against Afghanistan, followed by Scotland and Namibia. Apart from the victory, India must ensure that these victories are in a big margin to dominate the Net Run Rate (NRR). Another factor is that New Zealand must beat Afghanistan but not by a big margin. 

It's obvious at the current state that Pakistan would finish top of the table by defeating Scotland and Namibia. Another factor is if India beats Afghanistan by a huge margin and Afghanistan beats New Zealand, all three teams will finish on six points, where the NRR will be the gamechanger. As only two teams from each group can enter the next stage, India, Afghanistan, and New Zealand will fight for the second spot and India must not take the rest of the matches lightly as Afghanistan and Namibia have shown an impressive performance that they can't be written off from the race easily.

India will be out of the race if it loses to Afghanistan and even India wins all three matches, the NRR would be the decision-maker as the defeat endured by India in the previous two matches was huge - no one expected that the Men in Blue will be defeated by ten wickets and eight wickets respectively and these two debacles had caused more damage to India on the NRR. The race has begun between the three teams in Group 2 and the Indian fans hope that Kohli and the team would unleash a tenacious fight till the last minute to avoid an early exit from the series. India will be taking on Afghanistan on November 3 and if the Men In Blue wins, it will be the real Diwali for the Indian fans.