India can still miss out on a quarters berth
India's defeat against South Africa on Saturday and Bangladesh's win over England in Chittagong a day earlier have altered equations in Group B.india Updated: Mar 14, 2011 01:23 IST
India's defeat against South Africa on Saturday and Bangladesh's win over England in Chittagong a day earlier have altered equations in Group B. Unlike Australia, Pakistan or New Zealand in Group A, here no team, including the one led by MS Dhoni, has qualified for the quarter-finals yet.
India will go through if they beat West Indies in Chennai on March 20. If they don't, outcomes of some other matches will become crucial. For the unexpected to happen, among other things, England will have to beat West Indies and Bangladesh will have to put it across South Africa.
Given that Ireland and Bangladesh have already beaten England, a South African setback in Dhaka on March 19 wouldn't be a huge surprise. On the brighter side for India, they will know what exactly they need to do against West Indies, because that is the last match in the group stage. India will make it to the quarter-finals even if they lose to West Indies, if the Caribbeans beat England, and SA beat Bangladesh. A tie or a no result in any of the remaining matches, however, will again complicate matters.