File image of Virat Kohli(AP)
File image of Virat Kohli(AP)

ICC World Cup 2019: Qualification scenarios - Road to semi-finals for different teams

This World Cup needs to thank Sri Lanka for opening up the entire table when they inflicted a shock defeat on England at Leeds. This has now thrown open many interesting scenarios.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 08:05 PM IST

Pakistan increased their chances of qualification with the win against South Africa. Also, along with Afghanistan, South Africa officially became the second side to be knocked out of the tournament.

This World Cup needs to thank Sri Lanka for opening up the entire table when they inflicted a shock defeat on England at Leeds. This has now thrown open many interesting scenarios. ( Complete coverage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019)

We take a look at the most realistic scenarios:

Teams which could be the semi-finalists

New Zealand and India are the only sides to be unbeaten in the campaign so far. While New Zealand top the table with 5 wins from 6 matches, India have won 4 out of their 5th match. The Kiwis are one win away from securing their berth, while India need two more wins.

Kohli’s boys are scheduled to play England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh and hence, winning two matches should not be too taxing for them.

Australia too have been having a good tournament and barring the blip against India, they have looked to be a team in form. They are slated to play against England, New Zealand and South Africa and need to win one more match to guarantee qualification. However, if they stay on 10 points, they would then hope that Sri Lanka lose at least two of their remaining fixtures, and Bangladesh and Pakistan lose at least one match.

ALSO READ: Different from playing IPL: Chahal warns Andre Russell and company

England - What about it?

The number 1 side, the firm favourites and also the side which has lost to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They are now scheduled to face India, New Zealand and Australia, the in-form sides, and if they lose all the three matches, they remain stranded on 8 points and they could be ousted from the league stage.

However, even if they win one more match, their qualification is not guaranteed, although it does increase. If Sri Lanka win all their remaining three matches, they can finish with 12 points and overtake England.

What if they stay on 8 points:

They can qualify if:

--> Sri Lanka lose all their remaining matches

--> Pakistan and Bangladesh get defeated in at least two of their remaining games

--> West Indies lose one

Sri Lanka

6 points from 6 matches and the win against England gave them a massive shot in the arm. They have to play 3 more matches and they will be against

South Africa, West Indies and India. These matches won’t be easy, but they have the possibility of finishing with 12 points if they win all the three matches.

However, if they end on 10 points, they will have to sit and wait and hope England lose all their remaining matches, Bangladesh do not win more than two and Pakistan lose at least one.

They will be eliminated, if they do not win any of their matches.

ALSO READ: ‘Lowest point of career’ - Faf du Plessis after SA’s World Cup exit

Bangladesh

2 wins from 6 matches and they have to face Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. If they win all their matches, they will finish with 11 points and can still qualify if:

Sri Lanka lose all their remaining matches

England win not win more than one.

 

West Indies

Three points from six games and have three more matches against India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Well, even if they win all their remaining matches, they will still hope England lose all their matches and, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka win not more than one each and Pakistan lose at least two.

Pakistan

Their campaign is very similar to 1992. They won against South Africa which means that are now with 5 points from 6 matches. They now face New Zealand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. If they win all the three matches, they will end with 11 points and then hope England do not win more than one and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka lose at least one match.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Indian team celebrate after victory against Australia(BCCI/Twitter)
Indian team celebrate after victory against Australia(BCCI/Twitter)

PM Modi and cricket legends laud India's scintillating win in Australia

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:03 PM IST
India vs Australia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the way as former and current India cricketers joined in to congratulate Team India on their series win.
Close
**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @navdeepsaini96 ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2021_000076B)(PTI)
**EDS: IMAGE POSTED BY @navdeepsaini96 ON JAN. 19, 2021**Brisbane: Indian players pose with the winning trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test match at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. India won the four test series 2-1. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_19_2021_000076B)(PTI)

India claim top-spot in WTC standings after historic win at The Gabba

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Team India now has 430 points while second-placed New Zealand have 420 points in their kitty. Australia, with 322 points, are placed at the third spot.
Close
India players celebrate after beating Australia in Brisbane(BCCI/Twitter)
India players celebrate after beating Australia in Brisbane(BCCI/Twitter)

'Don't know how to describe': Emotional Rahane struggles to find words after win

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Captain Ajinkya Rahane struggled to find words initially to describe his feelings after India won the series 2-1 to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Close
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, India won the four test series 2-1.(AP)
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, India won the four test series 2-1.(AP)

BCCI announces 5 crore bonus for Team India after series win in Australia

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:19 PM IST
  • BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah took to Twitter to make the announcement almost simultaneously.
Close
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia(AP)

‘He has been brilliant and that's why we back him’

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:50 PM IST
After his scintillating knock helped India to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, team’s head coach Ravi Shastri eulogized Pant and revealed why the latter gets continuously backed by the management.
Close
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)
Indian players celebrate with their trophy after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket Test at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)

India vs Australia, 4th Test: India's miracle at the Gabba

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:04 PM IST
Stringing together an inexperienced eleven, India stood up to intimidating bowling on a fifth day pitch to defeat Australia by three wickets in the last hour of the fourth Test in Brisbane and win the Test series 2-1.
Close
India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)
India's batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane. (AFP)

India trump Aus by 3 wkts at Brisbane, record 2nd straight series win Down Under

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:05 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Shubman Gill (91), Rishabh Pant (89*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (56) took India to a memorable victory with a final day chase at Brisbane.
Close
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP)
India's Rishabh Pant carries the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after defeating Australia by three wickets on the final day of the fourth cricket test at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP)

'You're a match-winner': Management's words that motivated Rishabh Pant

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:18 PM IST
India vs Australia: Terming the series a ‘dream’ one, Pant said the Indian team management always backed him as a ‘match-winner’ which gave him the confidence to go out and play freely in difficult situations.
Close
Photo of India's stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)
Photo of India's stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane(Twitter)

It was about having that character and fighting spirit on the field: Rahane

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Rahane did exceptionally well in galvanising the squad after regular skipper Virat Kohli headed back home on paternity leave following the debacle in the first Test at Adelaide.
Close
Australia captain Tim Paine(AP)
Australia captain Tim Paine(AP)

'A better side outplayed us': Tim Paine reacts after India's series win

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Australia captain Tim Paine said India outplayed them and deserved to win the series. The Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian side beat Australia by 3 wickets in Brisbane to take the series 2-1
Close
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on the final day of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.(AP)

Shubman Gill: India's batting future is now here

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:09 PM IST
After making his debut in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar series, the Punjab batsman has been simply unstoppable.
Close
Cheteshwar Pujara struck by a short ball from Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)
Cheteshwar Pujara struck by a short ball from Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day five of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)

Cheteshwar Pujara takes body blows to lead India to win in Brisbane

By Rasesh Mandani
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:28 PM IST
India vs Australia: Like Close, Pujara will end the day with bruises all over his body--symbols of the nearly immoveable resilience he offered in the face of fiery Aussie fast bowling desperate for a win.
Close
Australia's head coach Justin Langer(AP)
Australia's head coach Justin Langer(AP)

'Never ever underestimate the Indians': Justin Langer after India's series win

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:16 PM IST
Terming the India vs Australia series an 'incredible one', Australia head coach Justin Langer said he has learnt a lesson and that is to 'never ever underestimate the Indians.'
Close
India's Rishabh Pant hits the ball to the boundary on the final day of the fourth cricket test against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
India's Rishabh Pant hits the ball to the boundary on the final day of the fourth cricket test against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.India won the four test series 2-1. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

Rishabh Pant packs power, patience and new-found maturity to emerge as a hero

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 03:11 PM IST
  • His sensational, unbeaten 89 to steer India to a historic Brisbane Test victory and help the visitors clinch their second successive series in Australia, also completed his transformation, merging mind and matter with steely performances by Indian players.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP