Following a five-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka in Bengaluru, New Zealand is on the verge of confirming their place in the World Cup semi-finals. They are set to join the ranks of India, South Africa, and Australia, who have already secured their positions.
The Kiwis’ decisive victory over Sri Lanka implies that the semi-final line-up will only alter if an unexpected turn of events occurs.
India, South Africa, and Australia Secure Top Spots
India has secured the top spot in the standings, while South Africa and Australia are confirmed to finish second and third respectively. The Proteas and the Aussies are set to face off in the semi-finals.
With their win over Sri Lanka, the Black Caps are poised to finish fourth, making them the probable contenders against India. However, Pakistan still holds a slim chance of securing the last spot in the knockout stages, provided they secure a significant victory over England in their final group match.
Is There a Chance for Pakistan and Afghanistan?
Following New Zealand’s impressive victory, Pakistan’s chances of reaching the semi-finals seem slim. If they bat first, they need to win by at least a margin of 287 runs. If they are chasing, they need to dismiss England for 50 runs and achieve the target in two overs or 100 runs in three overs. These scenarios seem highly unlikely, solidifying the top four positions in the World Cup.
Afghanistan’s chances are even slimmer, given their lower net run rate compared to Pakistan. They are set to face South Africa in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Projected Semi-Final Clashes
If the current standings remain unchanged, India will face New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. The semi-final between South Africa and Australia will follow the next day in Kolkata.
If Pakistan manages to surpass New Zealand and secure the fourth spot, the much-anticipated clash between India and their arch-rival will take place in Kolkata on Thursday. Consequently, the semi-final between the Proteas and the Aussies will be moved to Mumbai, a day earlier.