Sri Lanka face uphill task for direct qualification for 2019 World Cup

Sri Lanka, who will take on India in five ODIs starting on Sunday, face an uphill task to secure direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup along with the West Indies ahead of the cut-off date of September 30.

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Sri Lanka face an uphill task to secure direct qualification for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup ahead of their five-match ODI series.(AFP)

Sri Lanka face an uphill task of sealing direct qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019 as they prepare to take on India in a five-match ODI series beginning in Dambulla on Sunday.

The Upul Tharanga-led side will have to win at least two matches in order to secure a place in the 2019 edition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies. The cut-off date for direct qualification is September 30.

Sri Lanka is currently placed eighth with 88 points but have a 10 point cushion over the West Indies, who have an unenviable task of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification.

The bottom four sides on the ODI Team Rankings will need to play a qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. The top two teams from this event will get to play in the World Cup 2019.

Winning two matches will take Sri Lanka to 90 points while West Indies will at best reach 88 points even if it wins its one-off ODI against Ireland on September 13 as well as all five matches of its series in England from September 19-29.

However, a 4-1 win for the Men in Blue will see Sri Lanka finish at 88 points and The Windies could edge it on decimal points if it wins all its upcoming six matches.

The West Indies will go out of contention if it loses to Ireland as from there it will at best reach 86 points and remain behind Sri Lanka on decimal points, even if Sri Lanka loses 5-0 to India.

As for India, which is in third position with 114 points, only a 4-1 series win will ensure it stays ahead of England. Even a 3-2 win for India will mean it will slip to 113 points and behind England on decimal points owing to Sri Lanka?s low ranking.

Scenarios

India wins 5-0: India 117 points; Sri Lanka 86 points.

India wins 4-1: India 115 points, Sri Lanka 88 points.

India wins 3-2: India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.

Sri Lanka wins 3-2: India 111 points, Sri Lanka 91 points.

Sri Lanka wins 4-1: India 109 points, Sri Lanka 93 points.

Sri Lanka wins 5-0: India 106 points, Sri Lanka 94 points.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 18:11 IST