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World Cup 2019 semi-final qualification scenario - What England, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka need to do

England need two wins but Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka too have a fair chance of qualifying for the World Cup 2019 semi-final. Here’s what they need to do

cricket Updated: Jun 29, 2019 08:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
England's captain Eoin Morgan (2L) gestures for a third umpire review.
England's captain Eoin Morgan (2L) gestures for a third umpire review.(AFP)

1996 champions Sri Lanka are all but out of the ongoing edition of the ICC World Cup 2019 after suffering a nine-wicket thrashing at the hands of South Africa in Chester-le-Street on Friday. Meanwhile, Australia have already sealed a place in the semis while India remain only unbeaten team in the competition and are within touching distance of making it into the last four. West Indies, South Africa and Afghanistan have already been eliminated from the competition.

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Here’s the semi-final qualification scenario of ICC World Cup 2019

Australia (Played 7, Won 6, Lost 1—12 points) are in the semis and currently lead the table. Their last two matches are against New Zealand (June 29) and South Africa (July 6).

India (Played 6, Won 5, N/R 1—11 points)play England (June 30), Bangladesh (July 2) and Sri Lanka (July 6) next. One win will be enough to take them to the semi-finals.

New Zealand (Played 7, Won 5, Lost 1, N/R 1—11 points) are pretty much through. Their position ahead of Wednesday’s game against Pakistan was such that a win will put them atop the table. They play Australia (June 29) and England (July 3) and one win from the games will be enough even if they lose to Pakistan.

England (Played 7, Won 4, Lost 3—8 points) are under pressure after the loss to Australia. They have to win both their tough games, against India (June 30) and New Zealand (July 3). They can make it with one win if Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan falter.

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Bangladesh (Played 7, Won 3, Lost 3, N/R 1—7 points) are in with a realistic chance. They can contend for a last-four berth if they win their last two games, against India (July 2) and Pakistan (July 5).

Pakistan (Played 7, Wins 3, Losses 3, N/R 1—7 points) have sprung to life after a shaky start. They were seventh ahead of Wednesday’s tie against New Zealand. They need to win all three (v New Zealand, Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5) to be in the qualification race.

Sri Lanka (Played 7, Won 2, Lost 3, N/R 2—6 points)still have a mathematical chance to be in the semifinals. First, they need to win their last two games against already-eliminated West Indies (on July 1) and India (July 6) and then depend on favourable results from other remaining league stage games.

Note: The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals on points. If points are equal, number of wins, net run rate and then head-to-head record will come into play. If that game was washed out, the higher ranked team will go through. The scenarios are updated after the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

First Published: Jun 28, 2019 17:13 IST

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