‘Whoever wins the match will make it’: Aakash Chopra predicts only one out of India, Pak will reach T20 World Cup semis

Written by Abhishek Patil

The 2022 edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will start on October 16 and will be played across seven venues in Australia. India will open their campaign against archrivals Pakistan on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). India and Pakistan have both directly qualified for the Super 12 stage and are placed in Group 2 along with South Africa and Bangladesh. Two other teams from qualifiers will join the four existing ones.

As per the tournament’s format, only the top two teams from each group will make it to the knockouts, so each and every group stage match will be an important one for the participating teams. And according to former Indian opening batter Aakash Chopra, only one of India and Pakistan will reach the semifinals, as he backed South Africa to be the second team to reach the last four.

“Two teams out of India, Pakistan, and South Africa will go ahead. They (Pakistan) should reach the semi-finals, but it will not be easy. I am saying only one out of India and Pakistan will make it. Whoever wins the India-Pakistan match will make it. I feel South Africa will make it,” he said in a video uploaded by his YouTube channel.

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