Australia became the first team to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup semi-finals after their comprehensive 64-run win over hosts England at Lord’s. England has dug themselves a big hole and now need to win at least one of their remaining two matches, against New Zealand and India, to give themselves a fair chance of making the knockouts. smart play from Australia, Behrendorff and Starc were brilliant upfront, while Cummins too complemented them beautifully. The two new ball bowlers shared nine wickets between them and Australia with this 64-run win sealed their spot in the semi-finals.
With 6 wins from 7 matches, Australia is at the top with 12 points and have qualified for the knockouts. which is a great result for a team who had their worst year in 2018 in ODI cricket.
New Zealand is in second place with 5 wins from 6 matches. Along with India, they are the only team to not lose even a single match, thus far, in the tournament. New Zealand was lucky with the schedule. Their toughest match in the first half was against India which was washed out.
India got a real scare from Afghanistan but held their nerve to remain unbeaten in this World Cup. With 4 wins from 5 matches (and one washout), India is a couple of wins away from securing a semi-final spot. They had an excellent start to their World Cup campaign. India should comfortably muster 15 points and sail through the semi-finals (even if they lose to England).
The Dark Horse, Sri Lanka have had a mixed bag so far in the tournament. After being thrashed by New Zealand and beaten comprehensively by Australia and the weather playing spoilsport in two matches where they would have fancied their chances against Pakistan and Bangladesh, they came back in fine style and defended a moderate total against hosts England.
England is feeling the pressure of being the home team at the biggest stage in international cricket. All their three losses have come chasing. England has 4 wins from 7 matches and has its task cut out in the two remaining matches against India and New Zealand. If England loses both these matches, they remain on 8 points. If England wins one of these matches, they are still in trouble. In such a scenario England ends with 10 points and face a real potential threat from Sri Lanka who, if they win all their remaining three matches could pip them for the number 4 position by ending with 12 points.
West Indies would have had their heart and soul broken after their loss to New Zealand at Manchester. They have won just one solitary match which was against Pakistan. They have just 3 points from 6 matches, this includes four losses and one washout. To have any realistic chance of making it to the knockouts, West Indies need to win all their remaining 3 matches which will take them to 9 points – this will be a tough challenge as one of their clashes is against India. However, this is a highly unlikely scenario.
South Africa’s horrendous World Cup 2019 campaign finally came to an end and they have no chance of making it to the knockout stage now. They find themselves languishing at number 9 in the points table with 5 losses from 7 matches.
Afghanistan has lost 7 out of 7 and has already been eliminated from the World Cup.
Read on Sports