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ICC Champions Trophy: India under pressure for semis race in ‘group of death’

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is fast approaching the business end of the tournament and Group B, which features India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, has become a ‘Group of Death’ with the final league games being quarter-finals.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 11, 2017 09:09 IST
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India face a do-or-die encounter against South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 while the winner of the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan clash will enter the semi-final.
India face a do-or-die encounter against South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 while the winner of the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan clash will enter the semi-final.(Hindustan Times)

The last days of the league games in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is here. Group A has seen two teams qualify for the semi-finals. England defeated Australia by 40 runs via Duckworth-Lewis which knocked Steve Smith’s side out of the competition. With this win, England not only secured the top spot, but they have ensured that Bangladesh enter the semi-final of the tournament for the first time.

With Group A sorted, the action now shifts to Group B which has become the ‘group of death’. With India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan all on two points and with one game to play, the final league games of all the sides has become a virtual shoot-out. India will take on South Africa while Sri Lanka will face Pakistan in the last group game on Monday. Here is what each team needs to do in order to qualify for the semi-final.

1) India

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

Next match: vs South Africa (June 11)

What they need to do: The equation is simple. A loss will see Virat Kohli’s side exit the tournament. A win will seal them top spot and they will take on Bangladesh in the semi-final. In case of a wash-out, they might still qualify due to a superior net run-rate but they will be demoted to second, in which case, they will play England.

2) South Africa

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

Next match: vs India (June 11)

What they need to do: It is do-or-die even for the Proteas. A loss will see them exit the tournament while a win will seal top spot for them. If the match is washed out, they will have to hope that the game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is also washed out as they too have a better net run-rate.

3) Sri Lanka

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

Next match: vs Pakistan (June 12)

What they need to do: For Sri Lanka, a loss will see them exit the tournament while a win will ensure their qualification to the semi-final. If the match is washed out, they will have to hope that the India vs South Africa clash produces a result.

4) Pakistan

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

Next match: vs Sri Lanka (June 12)

What they need to do: Pakistan face a similar situation but their situation is slightly dire. In case the match is washed out, Pakistan will be eliminated as they have a poor net run-rate.