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ICC Champions Trophy: India’s semis chances and Group B’s interesting scenario

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been plagued by rain and that has resulted in most of the teams still having a chance to qualify for the semifinals, especially in Group B where Pakistan Cricket team’s stunning win over South Africa cricket team have opened things up and pressure on Indian cricket team as well.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 08, 2017 13:04 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team  are sitting pretty and a win against Sri Lanka cricket team will see them qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semifinals. However, they could still end up crashing out of the tournament if they lost against SL as well as South Africa cricket team in their final match where the Proteas would be fighting a must-win battle.
Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team are sitting pretty and a win against Sri Lanka cricket team will see them qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy semifinals. However, they could still end up crashing out of the tournament if they lost against SL as well as South Africa cricket team in their final match where the Proteas would be fighting a must-win battle.(Getty Images)

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has seen only one clear winner in seven matches so far and that is rain. With four of seven matches being affected by the weather, almost all the teams from both Group A and Group B still have a chance to enter the semifinal. (ICC Champions Trophy latest standings)

From Group A, England cricket team are the only side to have qualified for the semifinals after victory over Bangladesh cricket team and New Zealand cricket team.

In Group B, Indian cricket team is in a great spot to qualify but there is still stiff competition for the second qualifying slot. Here are the scenarios for each team from both the groups in order to reach the semi-final.

Group A

England:

Matches remaining: vs Australia (June 10)

Stats: M - 2, W - 2, L- 0, Points: 4

What they need to do: England have become the first and only team so far to have qualified for the semifinals. A win against Australia will ensure that they finish on top while a loss will demote them to second.

Australia:

Matches remaining: vs England (June 10)

Stats: M - 2, W - 0, L- 0, N/R - 0, Points: 2

What they need to do: With two washed out games, Australia’s position is precarious. If they lose their last game, then they are out of the tournament. If their last game gets washed out, they will be on three points. This could be good enough to ensure qualification provided the New Zealand vs Bangladesh game gets washed out.

New Zealand:

Matches remaining: vs Bangladesh (June 9)

Stats: M - 2, W - 0, L - 1, N/R - 1, Points :1

What they need to do: New Zealand’s game against Bangladesh is a must-win. If their game gets washed out, then they are knocked out of the tournament. If they win against Bangladesh, they can progress if Australia lose to England in their last game.

Bangladesh:

Matches remaining: vs New Zealand (June 9)

Stats: M - 2, W - 0, L - 1, N/R - 1, Points: 1

What they need to do: They must win their last game against New Zealand. If the game gets washed out, they are out of the tournament. If they win against New Zealand, they are through if Australia lose to England in their last league game.

Group B

India:

Matches remaining: vs Sri Lanka (June 8), vs South Africa (June 11)

Stats: P - 1, W - 1, L - 0, Points: 2

What they must do: A win against Sri Lanka will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals. If they lose, their last game against South Africa is a must-win. If both their games get washed out, then they can still seal qualification. If they lose both their remaining games, they will be knocked out of the tournament.

South Africa:

Matches remaining: vs India (June 11)

Stats: M - 2, W - 1, L - 1, Points: 2

What they must do: South Africa’s loss to Pakistan has thrown the entire group wide open. They must win against India in order to secure qualification. If they lose, they must hope Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by a small margin. If Pakistan win their last game, SA are knocked out if they lose to India. If Sri Lanka win, then it boils down to net run-rate.

Pakistan:

Matches remaining: vs Sri Lanka (June 12)

Stats: M - 2, W - 1, L - 1, Points: 2

What they must do: Pakistan’s win over South Africa has given them a huge lifeline. Pakistan can make it to the semifinals if South Africa lose to India and that they defeat Sri Lanka in the last league game. If their game against Sri Lanka is washed out, then they will still qualify provided South Africa lose their last league game.

Sri Lanka:

Matches remaining: vs India (June 8), vs Pakistan (June 12)

Stats: M - 1, W - 0, L - 0, Points 0

What they must do: For Sri Lanka, they have an uphill task. If they lose to India, their task becomes harder. If they win their next two games, they will qualify. If Sri Lanka lose to India, they must hope that India thrash South Africa and that they beat Pakistan by a big margin to gain entry into the semi-finals through net run-rate.