Where do the teams stand in their bid for World Cup glory?
The ICC World Cup 2019 has reached its midway and here on, the battle to seal a berth in the knock-outs will get intense.
Without any doubt, the four teams Australia, New Zealand, India and England look favourites but at this point, we can’t rule out the others.
Top four teams set to qualify for the semi-finals
New Zealand have move atop the table after beating an out-of-form South Africa
The Three Lions have eight points with a healthy NRR of +1.862.
India and New Zealand are yet to lose a match so far and after four games they have seven points each. NRR of England (+1.862) is the best.
Australia with eight points from five matches have been dominant.
Some mega clashes awaits the top four sides
Out of the remaining five games for India, the only major threat is against England.
The Virat Kohli-led side has a realistic chance of finishing in the top two.
For Australia, they have mega battles against Kiwis and England and things could become real tight. England have Australia, India and New Zealand clashes awaiting them.
Meanwhile, NZ have key clashes against Australia and England.
Where do Bangladesh stand in the scheme of things?
Bangladesh have an outside chance. The Tigers beat South Africa and West Indies, besides giving NZ a close fight. They have upcoming matches against Australia, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bangladesh needs to win at least three of these matches to stay in the hunt. They even have to better their NRR, which at the moment is -0.270.
What about the mid-table teams?
Afghans, who are yet to register a victory, could end at the bottom. Their campaign looks over.
The likes of Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka have four matches left.
Interestingly, all four teams have at least one big game against the top four, making things difficult. To have a definitive chance, they need to win all their games as well.
Washed out matches and their impact
We saw four matches get washed out and teams like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies were robbed of chances.
Lanka saw clashes against Bangladesh and Pakistan get abandoned, which could have a daunting effect.
The washed-out match between India and New Zealand didn’t have much of an impact. On the contrary, it was a good point earned by both.
Scenarios to keep in mind
If more matches get washed out, then things could get interesting for the top five teams.
The mid-table teams cannot afford abandoned games, besides they need to keep two factors in mind, 1) NRR and 2) winning all the matches. Therefore, their chances look bleak.
We feel that only the top five teams are in the hunt for the semis.