Group 2 final standings: Last-day drama sees South Africa crash out and Pakistan progress
Pakistan join India in progressing to the semi-finals, with South Africa the final-day casualties with that shock loss to the Dutch.
Here are the final standings and how the teams fared in a dramatic Group 2...
Group Winners: India – 8pts
A semi-final against England awaits for India after a group stage that went almost better than the script.
A last-ball win over Pakistan delivered the dramatic moment that the team needed to fire them up at the start of the group, and they held their nerve at the last to see off Zimbabwe and secure that top spot in Group 2.
Suryakumar Yadav is the best T20I batter in the world and living up to that ranking; Virat Kohli has scored runs by the bucket-load; and Arshdeep Singh has stood up at precisely the right time to help fill the void left by the injured Jasprit Bumrah.
Two games stand between India and the World Cup title.
Runners-up: Pakistan – 6pts
The greatest of great escapes from Pakistan. Those dramatic early losses to India and Zimbabwe had them on the brink right at the start of the Super 12 stage.
But this is not a team who gives up, and even with the slimmest of chances they stood up. The win over South Africa was the key in the end, setting up the final-day pressure that caused the Proteas to crumble and gift Pakistan the opportunity to snatch a semi spot at the last.
Yet it still needed a win over Bangladesh for them to do so, and it will be reassuring for Pakistan that their opening pair at least managed to spend some time in the middle and set up the win. Onward and upward.
Third: South Africa – 5pts
From potential winners to the tournament's biggest underachievers in a matter of days, South Africa's capitulation was dramatic even by the standards of a country who have been here before at World Cups.
Losing to a fired-up Pakistan was understandable and forgiveable, but defeat to the Netherlands with everything on the line is one of the shock results in World Cup history.
There will be regrets about that rained-off game against Zimbabwe, and there will be questions asked about team selection. But ultimately this was a squad more than capable of reaching the final four, a team that could well have won the tournament. Let the post-mortem begin.
Fourth: Netherlands – 4pts (-0.849)
What a month for Dutch cricket! Negotiating Round 1 and making it to the Super 12 stage was the main aim for the Netherlands when they arrived in Australia, and they achieved that in style.
But having reached their target it looked as if they were going to underperform on the stage they'd worked so hard to reach.
Two wins from the final two matches changes all that. Beating Zimbabwe avoided the ignominy of a nil-point return, but better was to come, and victory over South Africa is a huge moment.
To take a major nation's scalp when they're complacent is one thing, but to get such a result in a game that really matters is quite another. The Dutch are a major force in the game. That can no longer be ignored.
The win also secured a top-four finish, which means the Netherlands qualify automatically for the next T20 World Cup. The knock-on effect of that achievement is that two further teams will make it from the European qualifiers - great news for Scotland and Ireland, who will now be the big favourites to take that route.
Fifth: Bangladesh – 4pts (-1.176)
Two wins and three defeats was never likely to be enough for Bangladesh, but they had a chance to do something extraordinary on the final day. That loss to Pakistan ensured it was a positive tournament but not ultimately a successful one.
What is encouraging is the emergence of genuine world-class talent with the ball, which should see Bangladesh be competitive in plenty of white-ball tournaments going forward.
What is a concern is they will now have to qualify for the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after failing to finish in the top four.
Sixth: Zimbabwe – 3pts
Qualification from Round 1 and that stunning win over Pakistan ensured this was always going to be a tournament to remember for Zimbabwe.
The loss to Netherlands and the heavy margin of defeat to India meant the Super 12 stage ended on a subdued note for Zimbabwe, but that shouldn't take away from what has been a brilliant World Cup for the team.
Sikandar Raza in particular has announced himself as a real star of the game, and can be expected to feature in plenty of franchise leagues over the coming years, as well as hopefully starring for his national team in future 50-over and T20 World Cups.
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