When Pakistan fans expressed their support for their arch-rivals India, it said it all about how significant a place in the World Cup semi-finals means. Well, India couldn’t live up to their neighbor’s presumption by losing the match against the host team England on Sunday. However, Pakistan is still not out of the quadrennial event. As a matter of fact, only Australia is guaranteed of a place in the top-4 till now.
One can take a look at the points table after the result of the India-England match.
Here’s how the #CWC19 table looks after today’s result 👀
Remarkably, none of India, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, or Pakistan have qualified for the semi-finals, but all have their fate in their own hands!
Who do you think will end in the top four? pic.twitter.com/DM3sHRLoA3
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019
This is what it means for the concerned teams in terms of semi-final hopes.
Australia became the first team to make it to the semi-finals when they defeated England a few days back. They have a good chance to make it to the top of the table, and with their last match against South Africa, who is at the eight spot; the Kangaroos have a good chance to end the match at 16 points.
Afghanistan with 8 defeats and South Africa and West Indies with five losses each are out of the tournament.
Teams in the Battle
India and New Zealand
Both teams India and New Zealand are in a good position to qualify for the semis, as both have 11 points each in their kitty. India is left with 2 matches and the Kiwis with 1 game. Both teams need to win one game or get 1 point in case of no result in order to qualify.
England, with 10 points in their bag, needs to win their last match against New Zealand in order to make it to the semi-finals. In case they lose, they’ll have to hope Bangladesh defeats Pakistan, but loses to India. In case it’s a no result, they need to hope that their net run rate is better than other teams who could finish at 11 points.
Pakistan has 9 points and will have to defeat Bangladesh, but at the same time, wish England lose to New Zealand to qualify for semis. If it’s a no result, they’ll have to wish that England lose against New Zealand with a heavy margin, and Bangladesh loses to India.
Bangladesh, with 7 points, has to beat both their Asian counterparts, India and Pakistan, and hope England loses to New Zealand, to make it to the semis. If both their games are no results, they will be eliminated. If one game ends with no result, they’ll end at 10 points and hope their net run rate is better than England.
They have slim chance to qualify for the semis. Only if they have a great run rate from their last match and beat India and Windies respectively, they might make it to the semis.